Creatively Secular

Have you ever written an essay or lengthy blog post illustrating a particular point of view…? Do you like poetry…? Have you ever thought you might be able to draw but have never taken the time to cultivate that skill…? When confronted by a lump of clay, do you see potential new shapes rather than a clump of mud…? Have you ever looked at a can of Campbell’s soup and wondered just what in the hell Andy Warhol was thinking…?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then there’s a good chance you have a creative side to your being and we would like to invite you to join our emerging group of creative minds this Sunday for an afternoon of discussion and exploration on ways that Secularists in Iowa can utilize our creative gifts to foster a better sense of our wider Community and a greater awareness of our people for those within and without Iowa’s varied Non-Believer tribes.

The philosophy behind Creatively Secular is simple – Communities are made of people, and the better people understand one another the stronger communities become. As a means to this end, our threads of discussion will lead to topics as varied as Podcasting, Newsletters, Art Fairs, Community Theatre, Improv Comedy, Musical Collaboration, Q&A at Meetings and Events, Creativity Workshops and a host of other avenues that can be used to achieve our aims.

So please join us this Sunday from 2:30 to 5 PM at the West Des Moines Public Library. We will be congregating in the Community Room just opposite the inside book return where the vending machines live. If you would like to bring a snack to share with other participants, please feel free to do so, otherwise the vending machines can supply all your needs…unlike God… 😉

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Humanist Book Discussion – Good Without God, Part II

The Humanist Society of Iowa, in conjunction with the UUHumanists, would like to invite you all to join us this Sunday as we continue our series of engaging discussions centered on the book Good Without God by Greg Epstein, a provocative text that explores the meaning of living a morally and ethically sound life absent the finger-wagging of a supernatural parent-figure.

As previous, the discussion will run from 10 AM to 11 AM and take place in room 103. Subsequent meetings will take place on the first and third Sundays of the month until the book is finished.

The reading assignment for Sunday is Chapters 2 and 3. Even if you haven’t finished the reading, there is still room for you to participate as evidenced by our lively discussion on the 8th. And you will undoubtedly learn a lot about how people focus on what qualities nonbelievers DO share without having to rely on the guidance of a higher being – positive belief in tolerance, community, morality, and a sense of goodness.

Just a reminder, participants from the discussion on the 8th were asked to consider drawing up a list of things they DO believe and bring said list along to use in the upcoming discussion.

The book itself is available, both new and used, from Amazon. If you haven’t had time to acquire a copy, you can read more about it here – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6362097-good-without-god.

We hope to see you there. For more information, please contact Gwen Harvey (kayakniowa@gmail.com).

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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Des Moines Farmers’ Market

Please come out and help the IAF set up and run an informational booth at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market.

We will need volunteers to work from 6:15 a.m. to shortly after noon. Duties will include set up, tear down, and talking to curious members of the public. PLEASE do RSVP, and if possible, indicate what time you’re available.

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Humanist Book Discussion – Good Without God

The Humanist Society of Iowa, in conjunction with the UUHumanists, would like to invite you all to join us this Sunday for the first in a series of engaging discussions centered on the book Good Without God by Greg Epstein, a provocative text that explores the meaning of living a morally and ethically sound life absent the finger-wagging of a supernatural parent-figure. This first discussion will run from 10 AM to 11 AM and take place in room 103, as opposed to to Room 105, to allow for more space. Our next meeting will take place on the 15th and then subsequent meetings will be held on the first and third Sundays of the month until the book is finished.

The reading assignment for Sunday is the Intro and Chapter 1 but don’t hesitate to come and visit if you haven’t started the reading. The general focus will be on what qualities nonbelievers DO share without having to rely on the guidance of a higher being – positive belief in tolerance, community, morality, and a sense of goodness.

The book itself is available, both new and used, from Amazon. If you haven’t had time to acquire a copy, you can read more about it here – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6362097-good-without-god.

We hope to see you there. For more information, please contact Gwen Harvey (kayakniowa@gmail.com).

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Reason on the Hill Day

You’re Invited!

Humanist Group Hosts Reason On The Hill Day at the Iowa State Capital

The Humanists of Linn County, the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers and the Tri-State Humanists (Burlington) are happy to announce we are hosting Reason On The Hill Day at the Iowa State Capital Building on April 10, 2018 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. We have reserved the entire rotunda for the day so that secular organizations and supporters may set up table displays and provide information about their organization. HLC and IAF welcomes all secular and nontheistic Iowans to the Reason on the Hill Day, as well as our religious allies who support our mission. You may come by yourself and meet others from your home area for your lobby visits. Families and groups are also welcome. Teens and other young adults are highly encouraged to attend and make their voices heard.

Additionally, HLC member Joe Stutler will be giving a secular invocation in the Senate Chambers at approximately 9:00 am.

In-person lobbying from constituents is still one of the most effective methods for reaching elected officials. Representation of secular and nontheistic Americans is still very low in our State House, so we need as many secular and nontheistic people to speak up and tell their elected officials that they are voting, paying attention to the issues, and showing who they are. Only by directly participating in the system can we hope to change it. Reason on the Hill Day is a great opportunity to meet with your elected officials and exercise your Rights!

Please RSVP ASAP so we can plan the logistics.

Humanists of Linn County Contact:

Joe Stutler, Public Relations Director, 319-389-7888, press@hlcia.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/415832838869768
https://das.iowa.gov/gse-reservation/reason-hill-day

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Critical Bible Study with Randy Henderson

Back by popular demand, IAF founding member and past President Randy Henderson presents Critical Bible Study. The keyword is “critical” as in revealing the misrepresentations, inconsistencies and contradictions of the Christian Bible. The topic will be determined by the group with the choice of either women’s roles in the bible or what the bible says about Hell. Feel free to bring a bible (yes, many of us still have one!) and food and covered drink is allowed in the Millie Knee room.

About Randy Henderson: Randy studied three years for ministry in a conservative Bible College called Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas. He finished undergrad studies at Dana College in Blair, Neb. with degrees in Social Sciences and Religion. In the ’70’s he pastored a church that he helped found in Council Bluffs that was a non-denominational congregation that was Charismatic/Pentecostal. Masters degree in Psychology, Counseling with School Counseling endorsement from U. of Neb. Thirty years atheist and agnostic and currently with the American Atheists as Iowa state director and Freedom from Religion Foundation member.

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Iowa Day of Reason Proclamation by Kim Reynolds

Please note change of time to 1:30pm, May 23. (Arrive 15 minutes prior to that time.)

For the fourth year in a row secular Iowans will receive a Day of Reason Proclamation from the Governor and for the first time, Kim Reynolds. Due to scheduling conflicts we were unable to secure the formal signing ceremony on May 3, the actual National Day of Reason, thus the later May 23 date. The formal office is quite spacious and able to accommodate a large number of people for a photo op. Please join us to help illustrate that the number of non-religious people is the fastest growing demographic in America today!

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IAF Memorial Day Picnic

Please join us for our annual Memorial Day Picnic! This is a family friendly event with playground attached to the Open Shelter area. Parking is off of E 33rd across from Catholic church. There are two tennis courts and half basketball court nearby along with hiking trails.

The IAF will provide the charcoal, plates, cups and utensils. Please bring a dish to share and something for yourself to grill. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted in the city park and this is truly a family friendly event. We have our monthly Happy Hours for that!

*My sincere apologies for the confusion as to which of the two shelters in Grandview Park that we have reserved. Either I misunderstood or was given incorrect information over the phone back at the beginning of March. Still the same park, but a different shelter. -Rory

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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