Newsletter: November 2017

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 A Better Life Comes to Jackson

November 19th at 2:00 PM

Millsaps College - Gertrude Ford Academic Complex (Room 215)

Soon you will be able to meet author/filmmaker Chris Johnson and view his documentary film, A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy & Meaning In A World Without God, at a FREE showing in Jackson!

Thanks to your donations, the Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA) has made arrangements to bring this worldwide phenomenon of a documentary to Mississippi.

Even better, thanks to the generous intervention of Millsaps College, we’ve been given the perfect space to screen this film - a screening auditorium at the Gertrude Ford Academic Complex (Room 215).

A Better Life is the perfect film to show your friends and family members who ask “So what does that mean?,” when you tell them you’re an atheist. Author and filmmaker Chris Johnson spent years interviewing famous (and not-so-famous) atheists and nonbelievers, and travelling to beautiful locales to show the beauty and wonder of a world that does not require anything supernatural. Not only will we view the film, we’ll discuss the film and Chris’ book, A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God, which inspired the film. A Better Life has been shown in more than 60 cities on four continents, but this will mark the first time this film has come to Mississippi.

The Mississippi Humanist Association is pleased to present this event free of charge, and we hope you will attend for a great afternoon of learning more about humanists, atheists and the values that they live by every day!

Please consider making a donation to the MHA to help sponsor this great event, and others like it in the future. Your donations are ALWAYS appreciated, as your donations and memberships are our only sources of income.

Please join the MHA for this great free event, and bring a friend! See you there!

We have attached a map of the Millsaps College campus with the Gertrude Ford Academic Complex highlighted, for your convenience.

We have attached a map of the Millsaps College campus with the Gertrude Ford Academic Complex highlighted, for your convenience.


Volunteer opportunity!

Humans helping humans

November is for giving, so let’s help our fellow humans! In lieu of Second Sunday Brunch in November, please join us on the second Saturday, November 11th, at the Mississippi Food Network (MFN) on Beatty Street in Jackson, to pack boxes of food for distribution.  

This is a family friendly event, but children must be at least 8 years old to participate. MFN recommends we dress in layers and wear closed toe shoes. We’ll need a headcount, so please RSVP on Facebook, Meetup, or e-mail.

We will be at MFN from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and we hope you will join us in helping to pack boxes to be given to those in need. See you there!  


 

October events

MHA Hattiesburg Field trip

Due to popular demand, a few MHA members and officers made their way to Hattiesburg to visit and work on starting regular humanist activities there and on the coast, and we were quite pleased with the amazing turnout at the Half Shell Oyster House! We’re excited to return in November, and to continue this humanist momentum in the southern part of the state!

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MHA Humanist Happy hour

Thanks to everyone who came out through the Lakeland traffic to the Mellow Mushroom in Flowood to enjoy some pizza and some good company. Many good discussions were begun, and we handed out plenty of free MHA stickers! Don’t forget to send us an email if there’s a venue you think we’re overlooking!

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Take Down This Flag Rally

The “Take Down This Flag Mississippi” Rally was held on October 21, 2017 at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi. The rally to support changing the official Mississippi state flag was organized by Organizing for Action-MS Jackson (OFA), and the Mississippi Humanist Association was pleased to partner with OFA, Indivisible MS and others in this grassroots effort to demand a new flag for all Mississippians. 

Many thanks to everyone that joined us at the Capitol, and remember, the rally is the beginning, not the end of our efforts. The MS Legislature convenes in January, and they are currently preparing bills for session. Reach out to your state representatives and senators and let them know you believe Mississippi deserves a better flag, one that represents all Mississippians! 

Let’s all come together, do the work, and make it happen! #TakeDownThisFlagMississippi


Monthly Events: November:
MHA second Sunday brunch

(No SSB - join us at the Nov. 11 Volunteer Event!)

 

Hattiesburg MHA Sunday Brunch

November 12th

11 AM - Patio 44.

3822 W 4th St, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

 

Our first Hattiesburg outing was so much fun last month, we decided to do it again! The MHA is working to expand our events outside of the Jackson area, and you can help - if you want to know how, join us for the MHA Sunday Brunch.

As we get MHA events started on the coast and in Hattiesburg, social events like this are great a way to get connected to like minded people.

And we’re looking at you, coasties! We're hoping the weather is great for patio seating. Just look for the silver colander! Please RSVP via Facebook or Meetup or replying to this email, so we can let the restaurant know how many people are coming.
 

MHA humanist happy hour

November 15th

6:00 PM

The Bulldog: Ridgewood Road, Jackson

 

The MHA Humanist Happy Hour returns to where it all began - Jackson’s Bulldog Pub. In order to mingle and be more casual, we’re going to hang around a single section and not tie up a large table. Just look for familiar faces from past meetups, or the silver colander.

Central ms atheist meetup

November 26th

11:00 AM

Come join your fellow heathens for “Atheists Anonymous” on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Whole Foods Market in Jackson. We will talk all things atheist and Mississippi. See you there, starting at 11:00 AM.

Board of directors meeting

November 30th

6:00 PM

Please join us at the monthly Board of Directors Meeting where we plan future events and activities, to be held at the upstairs Community Room of Whole Foods Market, in Jackson, MS.

Members are encouraged to attend, as your ideas and contributions are what drives the activities of the MHA. Looking forward to seeing YOU there!


Join the MHA!

For more information about joining the MHA, renewing your membership, or donating to support humanism here in Mississippi, please check out our website at www.mshumanists.org . Our website, as well as our new phone number – (833) MSHUMAN, and ALL of the MHA’s events and activities are supported solely by our generous members and donations. All donations are appreciated, and go towards furthering humanism in Mississippi. Thank you for your support of the MHA – YOU make it all possible!

For information on all MHA events, you can find more info at the website, also on Twitter (@MSHumanists), Meetup.com, and Facebook (@MississippiHumanist).

 

Mississippi Humanist Association

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Mississippi Humanist Association

PO Box 1343

Jackson, MS 39215

Tel.: (833) MSHUMAN

(833) 674-8626

E-mail: mha@mshumanists.org

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