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Winter Solstice Gathering with Margaret Downey

  • Dec 21, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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The Lynchburg Area Secular Humanists, the Shenandoah Valley Atheists and the Secular Humanists of Roanoke have invited us to join them for a Winter Solstice gathering.

Guest speaker Margaret Downey is a secular activist, founder of the Freethought Society (originally of Greater Philadelphia) and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (which reports and helps deal with discrimination against atheists), and will be giving a talk on the Boy Scouts of America.

Light refreshments and dessert will be served, potluck-style contributions are welcome, please RSVP so we can let LASH organizer Paul Hoyt know how many are coming.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I made it to the meetup. no problems getting there. Thank the FSM. There were about 25 - 30 people present. Nice crowd. Lotsa donuts and cookies, crackers and cheese. Margaret made an excellent presentation. First time I've met her. She's very personable and a very good communicator. She touched on the Conn. tragedy, then talked about living the secular life, secular celebrations, and the importance of being an out atheist / humanist / skeptic, etc. She also encourages people to become Secular Celebrants, so they can officiate at weddings and other life events for non-theists. There was a guy there who is an independent producer with a local TV show. He filmed the event and promised to get it on the air. All in all, it was time well spent. Well, now that the farm is slowing down for winter, maybe I'll get to some of the local meetups.

    1 · December 21, 2012

    • Bill H.

      Glad you enjoyed it, wish I could've been there, celebrancy is a goal of mine, ah well hopefully I'll be around more in 2013 too...

      December 22, 2012

  • richard L.

    Is there a carpool forming?

    December 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Richard. I'm going and wouldn't mind carpooling or even driving. If I'm driving, it might make sense to meet me at my place, since it's south of the city. I live in Keene, which is 12 miles South of C'Ville, off Rt. 20. I'm driving a Toyota truck, so I have room for one other person, but if more want to pool, I could take the car instead. It's about 1.25 hrs. to Lynchburg, so I'd want to leave around 5:15pm.

      December 21, 2012

  • Richard Drumm The Astronomy B.

    My daughter is returning home from college that night & I have to pick her up from the train station. No can do. :^(

    December 20, 2012

  • Paul

    I have a detail map of the UU "complex" on the LASH Meetup page.

    December 17, 2012

  • Bill H.

    FYI Paul's let us know the talk subject actually will be "Celebrating Life the Secular Way" more in keeping with the season. ;)

    I'm not able to get off work to attend, so I'll point out for anyone who hasn't been there before, the Lynchburg UU property doesn't really "look like a church" so here's a photo from the street:

    and as you face this building, parking is just to the left, and the Fellowship Hall is behind and below street level.

    December 16, 2012

  • richard L.

    Frank -- I can't get this to work properly, but I do want to carpool.

    December 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone interested in carpooling to this?

    December 16, 2012

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