MHA NEWSLETTER – JULY 2017

Greetings fellow humanists!

Summer is finally upon us! It has been a busy summer so far for the Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA)!

One thing that is going on right now, is the MHA interest survey. If you haven't already, please take the time to complete our survey here. The survey is aimed at better understanding the needs and interests of our fantastic supporters, such as yourself, so the MHA can be a more effective organization, and positively promote humanism in Mississippi. We will be closing the survey on July 31, so please go ahead and let us know how you want your MHA to move forward into the future!

And MHA members, please check out the secret Facebook group “Mississippi Humanists” and post about the things that matter to you. If you are a MHA member and are not a member of the secret group, let us know at mha@mshumanists.org and we will add you. Post a pic and an intro, let your fellow members know you, and about the things you are interested in and that you support. You can post topics that may be of interest for discussion. Ask a question and draw on the group for answers. We hope this Facebook group can bring us all a little closer and help strengthen our community of members.

One matter that should be of concern to secular and religious communities alike is the current’s administration’s hostility to the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits non-profits and churches from participating in political activities, specifically the funding and endorsement of candidates. The MHA is opposed to this recent assault on the Johnson Amendment by Congress, that seeks to defund the investigation by the IRS of churches that violate the Johnson Amendment. Please, support the work of the American Humanist Association  and all the members of the Secular Coalition for America to protect the Johnson Amendment.

A good number of the secular community was at the MHA Second Sunday brunch at Iron Horse Grill in downtown Jackson in June, and it was very well attended with approximately 20 in attendance.

We are pleased to see the consistent increase in attendance of families, as well as new faces, at Second Sunday Brunch. One of the MHA’s primary goals is to build a strong community for secular individuals and families, connecting humanists in Mississippi for socializing and support, and our monthly social events work to do just that!

The MHA’s Humanist Happy Hour in June at the Bulldog was a great time, with approximately 20 attending and having a great time taking a break from the work week worries! If you have any suggestions for a happy hour or a brunch venue, please let us know!

With our consistent growth in attendance at Second Sunday Brunch and Humanist Happy Hour, it would be helpful to have a good idea of the number of attendees, so we can make sure the venue can properly accommodate us, so please RSVP if you plan to attend these events!

The next MHA Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 27th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Rainbow Co-op in Fondren. Members are always encouraged to attend. Member participation in our regular meetings enables the board to better serve the needs and desires of the membership, and aids in the productivity and creativity of the board, as evidenced by the most recent meeting, where attendees had great ideas for new potential vendors and software to further increase the effectiveness of the MHA.

And with summer activities, there is a severe blood shortage and The Mississippi Blood Service is desperate need of donations. Check out their Facebook page here for locations and more information. Please, donate if you are willing and able, and credit the MHA when you donate. Our code is DJ01; just let them know when you sign in that you want your donation to be credited to the MS Humanist Association.

Thanks so much for your interest and your support of the MHA! Stay cool and enjoy your summer!

Kim Gibson - President

 

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