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Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville - Winter Festival

  • Asheville Friends Meeting House

    227 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC (map)

    35.620895 -82.559120

  • Go north on Merrimon Avenue to Edgewood. Turn left on Edgewood. The Meeting House is on the right side of the street in the second block after Merrimon. We will be in the large meeting room on the first floor.
  • You are invited to join us for the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville’s Winter Festival, 2016. It will be held on Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Avenue, Asheville. The program will be followed by a potluck meal. All are welcome!

    Our plan for this year’s Winter Festival includes “This I Believe” statements from some famous people such as Edward R. Morrow, Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt, and also you, our members and friends. We hope you will be inspired to write your own statement; think of it as the ground rules of your life, the basic assumptions for what makes your life worth living, or some idea or purpose to which you devote your life.

    If you decide to write and read your statement at our Winter Festival, please plan ahead, write your statement early, and send it to Joy McConnell at [masked]. Please contact Joy for the specifics.

    The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville is a non-theist alternative to traditional religion, a member of the American Ethical Union and an affiliate of the American Humanist Association. We endeavor to nurture the capacity and responsibility of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world. We are inspired by the ideal of working to create a more humane society, recognizing each person’s worth and dignity, and helping to bring out the best in him or her. We join together to assist each other in developing ethical ideas and ideals, to celebrate life’s joys, support each other through life’s crises, and to cultivate ethical behavior in our community.

    For more information: call [masked], email [masked], visit our website at:, or see us on MeetUp:

    Weddings and Ceremonies Officiated:

    The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville offers individualized, custom wedding services. Joy McConnell, Ethical Culture Leader (clergy/celebrant), and Jackie Simms, Ethical Culture Officiant and Humanist Celebrant, are available to perform wedding (and other significant life event) ceremonies. Joy contributes a portion of the officiating charge to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. Honoraria for Jackie's officiating are direct contributions to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, a 501(c)(3) organization. Both Joy and Jackie love officiating weddings, so please spread the word. For more information: contact Joy at[masked] or via her profile on, or contact Jackie at [masked] or email [masked].

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  • Vanessa W.

    I have a question about your meetings and have an interest in traveling to your area next summer to meet with your group. Could someone contact me directly? I have been unable to message Jim or Joy on here. My direct email is [masked]. In Gratitude, Vanessa

    November 27

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  • Jackie S.
    member, Organizer,
    Event Host

    I am one of two founders in 2001 of the Ethical Society of Asheville (now, Ethical Humanist... more

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