Newsletter - January 2018

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At Year's End

 

2017 was quite the year for the The Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA)! 

The MHA has grown a lot this year, in many ways. On behalf of the MHA Board of Directors, many thanks to everyone for all of the support the MHA received this year, and welcome to all of the new members that joined the MHA this year! I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you for making this year a fantastic year for the MHA. I will try and keep it brief, but I just wanted to touch on some of the accomplishments and "high spots" for the MHA in 2017.

With your generous support, the MHA hosted its first special events this year. In May, the MHA welcomed the host of The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, and we ended the year hostingauthor/filmmaker Chris Johnson and the Mississippi premier screening of A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy and Meaning in a World Without God in November. We hope to make Mississippi a destination for secular speakers, and with your continued support, we can host more fantastic events here in Mississippi.

In October, the MHA co-sponsored a rally with Organizing for America (OFA) that was held at the MS Capitol. The rally was well attended and covered, and we hope to build on this success. The MHA can partner and participate with other progressive and inclusive organizations here in Mississippi on the issues that matter to ALL Mississippians.

With the great support from humanists and new members in the Hattiesburg area, the MHA now is having a monthly Sunday Brunch gathering in Hattiesburg, our first regular event outside the Jackson metro area. If all goes well, this event will continue monthly, and we can then build other activities and events for the Hattiesburg/south Mississippi region!

Because we had such a great year, I could go on, but I did say I’d try and keep it brief. In the coming year, the MHA will continue to work on building a strong and supportive community for humanists here in Mississippi. Together, with your support, we can help one another, help our fellow Mississippians, and let Mississippi know that we believe in good!

On behalf of the MHA Board of Directors and myself, thank you for making 2017 a great year for the MHA! Without your support, none of these great events would have been possible. The MHA board and I are looking forward to the MHA continuing the momentum in the upcoming year.

We are also looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Membership Meeting in February; stay tuned for more details.  If you would like to serve the growing humanist community in Mississippi, we have the perfect opportunity - there will be two board positions up for election at the meeting. Please consider becoming a member of the board, as the MHA is possible only with the active participation of its members. Come help make the MHA the best it can be, and let's build on the success of 2017!

May your 2018 be filled with love, laughter, joy and health!

Best regards, and best wishes for the best year yet!

Kim Gibson

(this originally appeared on mshumanists.org) 


Mississippi Lawmakers at it Again

With the state legislature in session, we all knew they’d be working on something to enshrine a particular religious belief in 2018. This year is no different than the last three, with Tom Miles (D) of District 75 (Sand Hill, Morton, Pelahatchie) coming up with his annual bill,  “TO DESIGNATE THE HOLY BIBLE AS THE OFFICIAL STATE BOOK OF MISSISSIPPI” we are assuming that Rep. Miles has a very particular Holy Bible in mind. This has been shot down three times in a row.

On a (not exactly) new note, Rep. William Tracy Arnold (R) of District 3 (Booneville, Jumpertown) has introduced a bill to fine anyone removing religious or confederate monuments from public spaces. This tramples on the rights of citizens and municipalities, and it’s not Rep. Arnold’s first attempt.
Use this handy map to find YOUR representatives, and this list to contact them - and let them know the MHA sent you, and we’re watching out for first amendment rights.


Big House Books - Big Book Drive

One of our favorite local groups, Big House Books, is doing a book drive in the Fondren Corner building until Jan. 18th.

Need a home for your books? Donate them to Big House Books!

Drop them off anytime during the day outside of the glass house in Fondren Corner. Books that cannot be sent can be resold to raise funds for postage fees. Can you help us fill it all the way to the top in 10 days?

Win a Southern Carnival Glass Bird from Spirit House Glass! Take a pic when you drop off books and post it to BHB FB page. BHB will draw a name from the nest and announce the winner on Thursday, Jan. 18th.


Camp Quest Natchez Trace

One of our most common requests is to help with humanist kids. Fortunately for all the parents out there, Camp Quest Natchez Trace is bringing the Camp Quest experience to the Southeast!

Camp Quest is a secular summer camp for children 8-17yo of atheist, agnostic and freethinking families.

Registration opens 1/7 and is $600 per camper. There is a $50 early registration discount until 2/28, making registration $550. It will be full price 3/1 and later. Camp Quest also offers a sibling discount of $50 for the 2nd and beyond camper from same family and has financial aid available as well. Check out the camp quest website for more information. Questions? Email amy.monsky@campquest.org.

Camp Quest Natchez Trace is operated by Camp Quest Southeast, an affiliate of Camp Quest.

The Mississippi Humanist Association is passing this information along - for efficiency, please direct your questions to Camp Quest.


2018 Board Elections

We’re still accepting nominations for two positions on the MHA Board of Directors.

Communications Officer - This board member is in charge of the overall media strategy and implementation for the MHA. See details HERE. You also write THIS NEWSLETTER and could feasibly say whatever you want, right here!

Treasurer - This board member is charged with keeping the financial books and ensuring compliance with all relevant laws and regulations regarding nonprofits. See details HERE.

All board members have duties that keep the MHA moving and active. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Regularly attend board meetings and important related meetings.

  • Make serious commitment to active participation in all facets of Board of

  • Directors/Officer work.

  • Be a public and “out” humanist - free to be in the public eye as a humanist.


Keep up to date on our events and activities via facebook, twitter, and meetup! Just search for "Mississippi Humanist Association." 
Questions? Email us!