Margaret Downey makes the undeniable (surely!) point that holidays are fun, and secularists should take over the work of Doing Fun Holidays.
Let’s celebrate with a Tree of Knowledge.
Even Tom Flynn says that’s a good plan!
Hang books on the tree. Celebrate knowledge, and reading, and free speech.
Chester County: the human tree of knowledge.
Too often the non-theist community disappears in winter. If we don’t show up, it looks as if we’re not welcome.
Visit www.secularseasons.org. “It’s up to us to make sure that secular celebrations are meaningful and honest.”
Children from a non-theist home are faced with a lot of peer pressure.
This is a helpful thing for ex-clergy.
Margaret calls Linda LaScola up to join her on the stage so that she can answer questions later.
“Many public officials simply do not comprehend what ‘secular’ means.” They think non-denominational is secular, so “holy matrimony” and “in the eyes of god” are ok for civil marriage. Wrong!
Reba Boyd Wooden takes the stage. Secular Celebrants at www.secularhumanism.org
“Or the bride has to promise to obey. I think I did this 50 years ago, but I didn’t mean it when I said it.”
Indiana is well represented here. Reba at the mic right now, Jen in the audience a couple of rows in front of me.
Fox News in Indiana have been very good to CFI Indiana – very fair. Huh. Whaddya know.
Writers for secular ceremonies: Ingersoll, Keats, George Eliot, Thoreau. (Jennifer Michael Hecht name-checked Keats in her poetry reading last night. High five!)
“Our legacy is our afterlife.”
Question: does the trend for same sex marriage help or hinder the movement for secular celebration? Margaret and Reba: it helps!
Linda LaScola on what clergy are like. The one thing the ones she knows have in common: wherever they started out, they all end up as liberal.
Celebrating non-superstition. Friday the 13th. The Museum of Superstition. Great because the press love it. Next bash: September 13, 2013, in Pennsylvania. Mark your calendars.