|Sent on:||Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:46 PM|
Hi, everyone! Hope all is well with you.
Our meeting to re-start the Peoria Humanist Society went pretty well the other evening. Thanks to everyone who came out.
We've decided to do a couple of things going forward. First, we'll plan on two meetings a month. One will be a business meeting, held in a relatively quiet location where we can discuss issues and actions (like a library), and the second will be a purely social event, likely held at a pub or restaurant.
Regarding the purpose of the group going forward, I think that will still need to be settled.
A component of a group like ours, of course, is to give you the sense that you're not alone, and I think that the social night described above will help a great deal with that. It might make sense to affiliate with Skeptics in the Pub, a national organization that promotes those kind of social and relaxed gatherings of skeptics, atheists, secular humanists, etc. If anyone has experience with Skeptics in the Pub, please let me know.
That was the easy part. The hard part will be determining what we want the "business" end of the group to be like. Some of us would like a very activist, "in your face" organization. Others would like to hold talks and lectures. We might also pursue other approaches, like taking public positions on issues of local interest. There are national campaigns and organizations with which we could affiliate, like the Coalition of Reason, which posts secular humanist/atheist billboards, and the Council for Secular Humanism. A personal interest of mine is promoting the fact that Peoria was the long-time home to Robert Ingersoll, who was known as the Great Agnostic and was the most famous public speaker in the U.S. in the late 19th century. There's even a statue of him in Glen Oak Park.
So, lots of options there for the future direction of the Peoria Humanist Society. As I mentioned briefly to a couple of people, it might end up that we need more, smaller groups to house all of these activities than just the Peoria Humanist Society. We will have to see.
In the meantime, we have to meet again. Some of you agreed to scout locations for our next business meeting. Please get back to me soon so we can schedule that event.
Regarding another social meeting, I can easily schedule one at Kelleher's again, but I'm open to other locations that all of you might fine more suitable. Please get to me with suggestions.
Thanks again to all of you for your interest, and see you all soon,
Bill Poorman, co-organizer, Peoria Humanist Society
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