- Values and Meaning Discussion and Potluck
In our daily interactions, it seems we don't often talk about some of the things that are most important to us. This is an event designed for reflecting upon and sharing values and themes that bear on our sense of meaning, such as friendship, to name just one example. Thanks to content created by Gleb Tsipursky and Agnes Vishnevkin, attendees will receive a handout containing various quotes about some topic, as well as follow up questions, leading to a structured discussion of the topic at hand. Everyone is encouraged to bring some food item. We will eat and mingle first, and then begin our discussion. The topic for this month is truth, lying, and honesty.
- AA Convention
The 2019 American Atheist convention is is in Cinci this year! This is not an official HCCO event, but AA has extended the discounted price to members of communities in the tri-state area. We'd love to see you there with your HCCO shirts! To get the discounted rate please select "Local Activist" when purchasing tickets. Details for the convention are here: https://www.aacon2019.org/ Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-atheists-2019-national-convention-tickets-51489008009#tickets
- Life After Belief Group - [Recovering From Religion]
Who We Are: Life After Belief Groups meet for support, encouragement and growth on the process of living life without supernatural belief. Our core concerns are Community, Charting a New Course, Compassion and Coming Out. [Read more about these Core Passions below.] Many in this Secular Community Group are still in various stages of recovery from religion and are processing the feelings, thoughts and struggles of leaving a religious community behind. From those who are attending their first “secular/atheist” group ever and have fears and concerns of being “found out” to those who have been on this journey for a longer time. We are a Diverse and Inclusive Secular Community. Atheist, Humanist, Non-Religious, Agnostic, Free-Thinker, Anti-Theist, Spiritual But Not Religious, Naturist, Curious But Still with Some Faith, etc. From younger families to singles, from baby boomers to teenagers and kids, we are diverse and welcoming having those who identify as LGBTQ, Straight, Polyamorous, etc. Whatever identifier you choose, whatever stage you are in...you are welcome here! The RSVP is just for head count, so please feel free to join us without an RSVP as well. We have around 40 individuals in this group and most group nights we host around 10-20 people so the conversation can be voiced by all. Our children are[masked] years old and help out by providing childcare in our Basement Rec. Room, so don't let childcare stop you from attending, we have it covered! And yes...we welcome those that can't make it on time...so even if an hour late, drop in on us, we just enjoy having you there to share your thoughts and friendship. Meet-Up Location: Charles & Tiffany Hill's house in Hilliard, OH. 3090 Gilridge Drive - Hilliard, OH 43026 E-mail: [ [masked] or [masked]] Cell:[masked] - [Charles] _______________________________________________________ Recovering From Religion - Life After Belief Groups - Core Passions Community. To be a space where former religious individuals and families can find recovery, support, encouragement, friendships and a safe-place to discuss and live-out their new-found secular values that are no longer based on supernatural belief. To truly learn to care for one another and support each other through this journey of wonder we call life and to do this in community with others. Charting a New Course. To be a community where we learn from a broad-range of ideas, concepts and philosophies based on reason, rationality, science and other pursuits of knowledge as we form a new individualistic “world view.” We learn best in community and a broad-range of ideals as we seek out where our individual ideals/morals/worldview can find a starting point and hopefully continue to evolve as we seek our best selves in this life. We value your input and voice! Compassion. To be a place where we seek to model values of compassion, love and service as models of living a life of being "Good Without the Need for a God." We seek to make a difference in our world through acts of love, social justice, equality and compassion for those who are marginalized, discriminated against or find themselves in a place of needing basic physical necessities such as clothing, food, clean water, medicine or other needs of life that we ourselves enjoy. Coming Out. To be a space that will help those who choose to "come out" publicly deal with the issues that might come with this decision. Also, to support those who don't feel the need, desire or who are not ready yet to come out publicly to others. It’s your personal journey, and while some have “come out” many others have not, we are here to support you in this journey that many find difficult at times.
- Freethinkers Media Club: Share What You're Reading, Watching, & Listening To
Welcome to the Freethinker Media Club! We define "Freethinker" as a person who forms his or her own opinions about important subjects (such as religion, science, morality and politics) instead of accepting traditional dogma. We use the philosophy of freethinking to frame our discussions about the media we're consuming on a regular basis--whether that be books, music, movies, podcasts, articles, or anything else. Each meeting we give every person present the chance to share what they're reading, watching, or listening to with the group and their take on it. We let discussion go where it may and encourage new ideas and perspectives. This group is less about what we're consuming and more about how we process it. If you're finding value somewhere, if you're being challenged, if you're expanding your mind and informing yourself then this is platform to share that with others. If you are ready for stimulating community on a broad spectrum of topics, then please join us for some beer, pizza, and great discussion at Fabian's Pizza on 691 N High Street in the Short North. Note on parking: there is a metered public parking spot right beside Fabians. There is also a parking garage on Russell St. just a block away.
- Crafting Secularly
Learn to crochet! We will provide instruction for first-timers to learn to crochet. We'll work on making coffee cup cozies. I have enough supplies for 3 participants. If you would like to use these supplies, please leave a comment below. After 3 people have requested supplies, you'll need to provide your own. Here's what you need: Yarn Crochet hook fitting thickness of yarn (this is usually indicated on the label of the yarn) A wide variety of yarns will work, so feel free to bring what you have. If you are purchasing new materials for this project, I'd recommend avoiding an overly fuzzy or fringed yarn, because it will make it harder to see your stitches.
- Second Sunday Brunch
Been to Sunday Brunch gatherings before? Or want to give it a try? Would you like to meet with friends more often? Then join us at another weather friendly venue. We talk about Humanism, skeptics and what may be topical for the day. Please join and chat, have a coffee, pastry, or other good food at Panera Bread.
- Humanist Program: Autism 101
The Humanist Monthly Program is our longest running event and still a community favorite. In the old days it used to be called "Going to HCCO" and we still like to think of it as our flagship event. Join us each and every second Saturday for free breakfast, coffee, and enlightening presentations. The coffee, fruit, and pastries start flowing at 11:30am and the presentation starts at 12noon. This months program covers autism awareness. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 59 children born in the US will be diagnosed with autism. Do you know someone personally or through your work who might be affected by autism? Do you sometimes avoid them or struggle with what to say or do? The Autism Society Central Ohio will provide information on autism and help you to understand how to interact with individuals on the autism spectrum NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY: This location has two small stairs in the front of the building and is not not handicap accessible. We apologize for this inconvenience. We are working on finding a long term space that meets this need for our community.
- COUNT & HCCO Serve Meals @ Van Buren Shelter
COUNT would like to invite HCCO members to join them in assisting shelter staff in serving dinners and cleaning up at the Van Buren shelter on the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of each month. COUNT has 10 volunteer slots reserved for HCCO and COUNT members who RSVP here or on the COUNT Meetup page (so you don't have to RSVP anywhere else). The shelter is located at 595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43223, near Harmon and Mound Streets. There is ample free parking available. The Van Buren shelter has a limit of 15 volunteer slots for dinner service so if the 10 COUNT and HCCO volunteer slots are taken, please register at the Community Shelter Board website ( http://www.csb.volunteerhub.com/ ) where you can check to see if any of the remaining slots are open. If you wish to volunteer anytime other than 2nd or 3rd Tuesdays, you must register at the CSB website. (Please let Blair Prusha know if you do volunteer anytime other than 2nd or 3rd Tuesdays so that we can keep track of your hours) We may go out afterwards (probably to Hampton’s to have a bite/drink and join the Omnipresent Atheists (OA) meeting in progress - if curious, see details about OA meetings at http://www.meetup.com/omnipresentatheists/ . ***For questions contact: Blair Prusha at (919)[masked]*** More about the Community Shelter board (from http://www.csb.org/ ): “Community Shelter Board is a collective impact organization leading the community’s response to homelessness by creating collaborations, developing innovative solutions, and investing in quality programs in Columbus and Franklin County. Community Shelter Board oversees an annual budget of $31 million to support homeless programs and services at 19 different provider organizations across the community. Last year, these programs ended homelessness for more than 12,000 people. Community Shelter Board is funded by the City of Columbus, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the United Way of Central Ohio, The Columbus Foundation, Nationwide Foundation, American Electric Power Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of Ohio, and many other public and private investors. Melvin Schottenstein believed that it was not acceptable for any person to be homeless in the Columbus and Franklin County community, even for one night. He had a bottom line inability to accept any situation that left a man, woman or child without food or shelter. He worked closely with another local philanthropist, Nancy Jeffrey; and a local businessman, Bob Lazarus; to bring together both public and private funders to fashion a collective community response to homelessness. These three people were absolute champions around the issue of homelessness in Columbus, and were instrumental in founding the Community Shelter Board in 1986.”