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Humanist Monthly Program: "Polyamory: Options to Consider"

As early as 1973, the Humanist Manifesto II suggested: 

"Short of harming others or compelling them to do likewise, individuals should be permitted to express their sexual proclivities and pursue their lifestyles as they desire. We wish to cultivate the development of a responsible attitude toward sexuality, in which humans are not exploited as sexual objects, and in which intimacy, sensitivity, respect, and honesty in interpersonal relations are encouraged."  

Polyamory is an increasingly popular choice among those who are atheist, Humanist, or otherwise non-theistic.   Some are joining polyamory-focused communities such as Poly Columbus and practicing ethical non-monogamy. 

Members of Poly Columbus will discuss the following topics:  

1. “Polyamory 101” with basic definitions for those unfamiliar with polyamory.

2. Jealousy, safer sex, and time management -- perhaps the three biggest complications in polyamory.

3. Direct, open, and honest communication -- a must for ethical non-monogamy.

4. Communicating effectively with a partner who is not a carbon copy of you (e.g. on the opposite side of the Myers-Briggs thinking-feeling axis, or more secular / religious than you are).

5. Other questions raised by the audience.

Presenters will include:

1. Neil Wehneman is a professional atheist with the Secular Student Alliance, as well as the Board Chair for Poly Columbus.

2. Misty Taylor is Co-Secretary of Poly Columbus.

3.  RIch Galante is a Board Member of Poly Columbus. 

 Join us at 12:30 for pizza in the meeting room!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone who came out! It was a great conversation.

    None of our panelists have children, and and there were questions raised about polyamory and parenting.

    Poly Columbus has a Poly Parenting Discussion on Sunday, June 22 -- more details at

    2 · June 18, 2014

  • Mike

    Material was presented that if someone were interested in the poly lifestyle they would at least know what questions to ask.
    If they were just curious the material showed commonalities between Poly and Mono relationships.
    Presented Poly as normal "Mostly" people.

    Very Good intro

    June 14, 2014

    • Derrick

      There should be a video coming soon.

      June 14, 2014

  • Bob R.

    I am hoping to find a ride to this event. Both of the people with whom I often ride to HCCO monthly program meetings do not plan to attend.

    June 13, 2014

  • Doug B.

    When I first heard about this topic I had some hang ups but after reading a blog post from JT Eberhard I realized how much of my hangup was based on past religious indoctrination:

    1 · June 2, 2014

    • Derrick

      Thanks for sharing!

      June 3, 2014

    • Mike

      Very good find something I will be sharing with some on the fence polys I know.

      June 11, 2014

  • Mike

    Intend to gather information to get a more informed opinion on Polyamory? That's enough reason for me.

    1 · June 4, 2014

    • Mike

      Still a lot of the same issues. Time management or lack of time, communication all the normal stuff, and still all. The old ways to blow it up. A lot more information to help avoid problems. End up in the right mix it could be great. Then there is the alternative.....

      June 11, 2014

  • Derrick

    Atheist sociologist Eric Anderson did research on relationships and the challenges related to monogamy.

    May 31, 2014

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