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Hello Members and Friends!

Welcome to our November update.  We decided to try and fashion a new way of meeting. We will be inviting guests to join us online for presentations on different topics. It will be like our in-person general meetings but online and without cookies.... (check out details on our November speaker below)

Also note that our online meetings will not be on any particular day or at a particular time. For example our speaker for December will join us on a weekday evening due to their schedule.

We also giving our friends and members a chance to suggest guests to invite. See the call for ideas further down in this email.

-- Doug.


We will continue to share accurate information as often as we can on social media channels and if members and friends need assistance (like you've lost a job or have to deal with family members being ill) check out our Community Outreach Resources and Education page.

If you need assistance in navigating the public assistance channels due to a job loss because of pandemic closures, send a message to me or Shawn and we can use our personal experiences to help you.

Shawn has also offered to do pick-ups for things like groceries or prescriptions if you don't feel like you can safely pick them up yourself. Just give me a call at the group number 567-302-0209 or send us an email.

Here is some information for those who live in Lucas county and a links to some statewide resources available

COVID-19 in Ohio: Resources & Ways to Help

State of Ohio COVID-19 Information Page

The Lucas County COVID-19 Emotional Support Line

Ohio Heroes 419-841-6781 – offers free counseling and support to front-line medical professionals



Holiday Recipe Submission

This year SHoWLE is trying something new. We are collecting holiday recipes from the community and turning them into a collective holiday cookbook. This is our version of a holiday potluck during a pandemic. To create the most authentic potluck experience, make 1 or more of the recipes from the cookbook on the day of our Virtual Winter Solstice Party in December. This way we can still enjoy each others' dishes together. 

Here are the details: 

Everyone on the SHoWLE email list will receive a digital PDF cookbook via email. You'll receive this by December 6th. 

Deadline to submit a recipe is end of day December 1st.

Submit your recipe using the form on the website. Include a photo of the dish if you wish

If you have any issues email me at

Journeys to Humanism Story Submission

One of the missions of our outreach the Glass City Humanist Podcast is to educate and promote Humanism to the community. One way to accomplish that is to have a featured segment during an episode where we hear a personal story from a Humanist about how they arrived at Humanism. What was their journey and what helped them become a Humanist.

We are looking for positive, uplifting stories. An essay on the dangers of religion, while important to some people's journey, would be less likely to be picked for inclusion. There is no set length or format for a story however stories that can be read in 5 to 10 minutes are more likely to be used in the show.

Glass City Humanist would like the person who submits their story to read it during the show. We will arrange to record you reading your story to be included in a future episode. Reading your story isn't required but will help make the story richer and more personal.

A possible end goal for this project is to collect all the submitted stories into a future e-book and/or recording.

If you would like to participate in this project, fill out the form at the link below. We do require a name, valid email, and you must agree to let us use your story. You can also let us know if we can record you telling your story.
Upcoming Meetings and Events

The Ethics of Star Trek

Saturday, November 14, 2020  12:30 PM

The TV and movie franchise Star Trek is rooted in Humanist ethics because the creator Gene Roddenberry instilled his show with a positive, humanist vision of humanity’s future based on rationality, science, and human-improvability.

James Croft, Leader of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, will present a talk about the Ethics of Star Trek.

From James’ biography on the Ethical Society of St. Louis website:

James never stops talking, so it’s lucky that his job requires a lot of it! As Leader for the Society, James is a public face for the community, ensuring that Ethical Humanist values are represented at rallies and protests, in schools and universities, and in the media. James believes that our culture desperately needs a Humanist moral voice, and he’s determined to provide one. You can often find James yelling through a megaphone or posting on Facebook. He loves Star Trek way too much, and tries to find a way to work a Star Trek reference into every Platform Address.

James will be joining us remotely. Due to security considerations, registration is needed in order to be sent the link to join the meeting. After registration there is an opportunity to also join the meeting by telephone for those not able to do so from a computer or smartphone. If you don't wish to do that we will try to live stream the meeting. We also plan on posting a recording on our Youtube channel on a future date.

Registration link:

More Upcoming Events
News & Notes

Annual Members Meeting

We had our annual members meeting online on October 10th. The new Board of Directors members were announced and Doug gave a short presentation about the group for fiscal year 2020.

Ed and Bev were elected to the Board of Directors. We used an election website to hold the election over several days because we couldn't do it in person. Out of 19 voting members, 11 voted which was great news. We also had a bylaw amendment passed that specifically allows online business meetings in the future if needed.

Check out the full report in our website blog.

Our first Board meeting of the new year will be November 7th at 12 noon. Contact Doug if you would like to attend. We will try to live stream it.


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.

Anti-racism and Anti-oppression Workshops
A series hosted by American Humanist Association
In six Parts
November 8, 2020 - January 27, 2021

This series is a joint effort of the American Humanist Association's Center for Education and Policy and Social Justice Department. This six-part series offers illumination of the insidious and often invisible ways white supremacy operates in our society, and practical tools for both surviving and dismantling it within the context of secular, non-theistic, and/or heathen spaces. The first session focuses on the needs and experiences of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). The remaining five sessions will provide breakout groups to tailor the session to different demographics. 

This event does charge a fee:

$15.00 per person, per session

$75.00 per person, all 6 sessions

Pay-what-you-can offered/no one turned away for lack of funds

Ability to "tier up" (pay more) to cover the attendance of another person

Check out the web page for more details:

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.
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Do you have a special skill or hobby? Do you have an idea for a program or event you would like to see hosted by SHoWLE??
Let us know!

Send us your idea for a program or event
If you are looking for meaning and solemnity to life celebrations, gatherings, and communities from a secular perspective, please contact Shawn Meagley at Secular Occasions. She is committed to helping humanists through the most important times in life including birth, love, loss, morality, and mortality. Each celebration or ceremony is personalized to be meaningful and professional with a humanist approach.

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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