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Hello Members and Friends!

Welcome to our April 2022 update. 

Please Take Our Survey

As the fog of the pandemic lifts a bit, SHoWLE would like to know your thoughts about the group and give us some input about what programing we should offer in 2022 and beyond. Please take our survey today. 

Go to the Survey

Upcoming Meetings and Events
It's Never Too Late To Become A Freethinker
Tuesday, April 19, 2022     7 PM
Sanger Branch Library 3030 Central Ave, Toledo, OH 43606

Our speaker will be Bruce Gerencser

Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

Bruce lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 43 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren.

His website "The Life And Times Of Bruce Gerencser" is riveting for his tales of being an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist pastor, cautionary as he explains in detail how interpretations of the Bible are used to support and expand a patriarchal society, and hopeful as Bruce documents his journey to freethought.

We will be meeting in Community Room "A"

*This meeting is free and open to the public*

Masking requirements are in flux so please bring yours just in case the venue still requires them. Outside of that it will be a personal choice to wear it at the meeting. 

SHoWLE in-person meeting policy has been updated.

Unless otherwise noted, all our meetings and events are open to the public and we adhere to the SHoWLE In-person Meeting Policy


More Upcoming Events

Save The Date(s)

This summer there will be opportunities to participate and network with other Humanists and freethinkers. Check out these upcoming events that maybe of interest.


American Humanist Association Conference
June 25-26, 2022 with a kick-off event on June 24th


Bluewater Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics Conference
August 26-28, 2022
Sarnia, Ontario (a bit more than 2 hours from Toledo)

Speakers include

Gretta Vosper, Bob Ripley, Hemant Mehta, Dave Warnock, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dr Joshua Bowen, Seth Andrews, Dan Barker

Our Podcast: Glass City Humanist

In this episode, we look at the use of Release Time Religious Instruction in some Northwest Ohio public schools and why the mixing of religion and the schools might be legal but it is at best unethical. We also share an update about the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie and this podcast.

01:15 Some announcements
10:33 Release Time Religious Instruction in Elwood
30:00 Correction

You can get early access to the video version of this episode and other bonus content available on our donation page. If you are a voting member of SHoWLE and would like to see the bonus content for any episode let us know and we will give you access. We also won't turn down a donation for the podcast if you want to make one.

Check out our Podcast
For more information and to check out our past episodes visit the Glass City Humanist website.
More News & Notes

Help with our joining page

For those concerned about how to join our group or renew your membership using our new integrated membership check out form on the website, we have created a help page that takes you step-by-step through the process.

Member Check Out Help

Board Meetings

The Board of Directors meets every other month with the next meeting sometime in January. If you are a voting member (you paid dues) and would like to observe a Board meeting or have questions or concerns about the Board of Directors, please send us a note using our contact form.

More Options To Give Us Donations
We now can accept donations using two apps you might have on your phone. You can now use Venmo and Cash App to send us donations. Just use the correct tag for the right app. Venmo is @toledohumanists and our Cash App tag is $humanistswle.

If you want to join the group instead of just donating then we would like you to visit our membership page.

Use Your Phone With Zoom

Did you know you don't have to use video when joining us for meetings and events on Zoom? 

In fact you can use your telephone and call into the meeting without using a computer. When you register for a meeting you will get a link and other information on how to join the meeting. One of those options is to call into the meeting by phone. If seeing the speaker isn't a priority or you just aren't able to use a computer you can join us on the phone. We do ask that when you join the meeting just let us know who you are.

We Have a Wish List Page

We  have an Amazon Smile wish list that people can purchase items from and send to us. Some people, for personal reasons, refuse to shop at Amazon and we respect that. We have copied our list onto a web page on the website.

If you would like to fill our wish list but not from Amazon then just look for our items where you do shop, buy them, and send them to us at SHoWLE PO Box 6433 Toledo, OH 43613 If you would rather drop them off to us, contact us and we can arrange a drop off.

Also note that except for the books, we are not married to a particular product manufacturer on this list. For example we would like four folding chairs with padding but they don’t have to be from Flash Furniture.

Software we use were recently added so you can sponsor a full year of Zoom or Adobe Cloud for the group to use.

Do you have an idea for a meeting or event? 

Do you have an idea for a topic for a meeting or an activity for us to do as a group? Let us know.

If there is a particular topic or speaker you would like to see at a future meeting or have an idea for a group activity then please send us a note by email or fill out our contact form

It would help if you provided as much information as possible about the idea - like who to contact or websites to visit.

There is no guarantee SHoWLE will turn your idea into an actual meeting or event but the odds increase if you are willing to host the event and/or do a lot of the leg work.

Activities and meetings for SHoWLE depend entirely on volunteer effort.


Are you a member?

Joining the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie gets you the following benefits:
  • A monthly meeting with like minded people
  • Ability to guide and vote on the direction of the group
  • Serve in leadership positions and on our Board of Directors
  • Regular communications about meetings, events, and other topics of interest to the group before the general public
We have two membership plans:

$10 for an Individual
$20 for a Household (two or more people at the same address)

Just see a Board member at our next meeting or event or click on the button below to pay online or to get information on mailing it in.
Join Now

You can now donate to the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie

Please help us provide a supportive local community for humanists and other nontheists, while promoting ethical and reasonable secular world views through education, community service, outreach, activism, and social events.

You can use Paypal or a credit card. Donations are tax deductible. 

Donate Online
You can always donate at one of our meetings or events or send your check or money order to:

Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie
PO Box 6433
Toledo, OH 43612-0433

We are also connected with the Amazon Smile program. If you choose SHoWLE as your charity then a portion of sales you complete will be sent to us. Use this link to choose us:
Amazon Smiles
Our Mission:

The mission of the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie is to provide a supportive local community for humanists and other nontheists, while promoting an ethical, reasonable, and secular approach to life through education, community service, outreach, activism, and social events.

We envision a Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan where secular people are respected and integrated in broader society, live values of reason and compassion, and enjoy a friendly humanist community.
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