Small Discussion Group ~ Mission & Welcome Message

We're going to talk this week about how to make our outreach more friendly and welcoming. In a way, it will be a continuation of last month's discussion about our mission. Who are we? What do we want out of CAH? How can we communicate the message so we get more folks interested and involved? (Or how can we get those who are already involved motivated to help us expand what we do?)

Come with ideas or to just chat and get to know your fellow Humanists better.

We start the meeting at 7:00 and discussion usually gets started at 7:15. We usually finish around 8:30.

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  • Paul W J.

    Four stars in my opinion.

    May 27, 2013

  • Paul W J.

    We had a good discussion about our mission and welcome message. Larry Shaefer, Ellen Ruland, Pat Everett and I attended. We discussed several issues having to do with words that to some of us were not sufficiently specific. Ellen , Larry, and Pat all made good points about the subject.

    I am pleased that since our discussion the Boy Scouts voted to admit and accept gay scouts. Unfortunately the Southern Evangelical (unsure of correct name) church has expressed their horror at this. I think a valid issue for our mission would be to publicize our strong disagreement with their conclusion. In my own opinion their position contradicts their stated values of following the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is not a "Christian" reaction to reject young boys whose inborn sexual orientation differs from that of the majority. I'd like to find out the best way to affect a change in the Evangelical position.

    May 25, 2013

  • Paul W J.

    I wish that humanists as a group were more open to those who were more theistic than they are. I feel as if some feel a need to reject some expressions of feeling because they are clothed in a traditional style. We had a practitioner of Buddhism demonstrate his relaxation rituals and some objected because it seemed too much like religion. I don't share the rejection felt by some. I applaud Chris Stedman for working with traditional religious people on Habitat for Humanity. I was impressed by the warm and generous welcomes at the three websites below:
    www.uuandover.org
    www.southchurch.com/ministerwelcome.htm
    www.uucarlisle.org
    The humanist welcome is much cooler and cerebral, - unfortunately in my opinion.

    I realize that traditional religion can lead to bad repression, such as the priests in the Georgian Republic who led a violent protest against gay people. This repression was an extreme form of what can come from traditional religion.

    May 19, 2013

  • Maria G.

    It's my oldest daughter's sweet 16 birthday! Sorry I can't make it.

    May 13, 2013

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

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