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Hello Members and Friends!

Welcome to our June update. Since we usually don't meet in July and August, we have decided to suspend in-person meetings until at least September. Hopefully by then we can meet in groups more than 10 and we are able to make the gatherings as safe as possible. In the meantime we will be meeting online (see details below).

Lucky for us (or unlucky depending on your outlook) we don't have many fixed costs to keeping the group going. I know some people are struggling more than we are but if you are able please donate to the group to help offset some of our expenses so we can keep things like the Meetup group going.

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


We Have A Podcast

In episode 7, Douglas talks to Rev. Dr. TK Barger of the First Unitarian Church of Toledo about the historic ties between the UUs and Humanism. We also discuss how Unitarians have religious rituals that are not based in the supernatural and we talk about some of the differences between religious and secular humanism.

In episode 8, Douglas speaks with Derrick Strobl, an old friend from his days in Columbus with the Humanist Community of Central Ohio. They talk about his journey to Humanism coming from a religious conservative family, and Douglas discovers, to his shock that a college near his hometown was much more conservative than he ever imagined. Derrick also reveals what Humanist values are important to him and what Humanist books he recommends.

You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher as well as some smaller podcast apps that pull info from the major directories. 

Upcoming Meetings and Events

SHoWLE @ Home: June 2020

Saturday, June 13, 2020  5 PM

Join us online for our monthly general meeting. The topics this month is discussion of church and state issues during the pandemic, the death of George Floyd, and whatever topics people want to discuss.

Here is the link to our meeting "room":

You shouldn’t need to download anything to participate. Just click on the link and allow the web-page to use your camera and microphone. Video isn’t necessary to join us you can just be with us by audio.

If you can’t join us in the room but have access to YouTube we will be live streaming the meeting

More Upcoming Events
News & Notes

Meetup Group to be discontinued

Because of the suspension of in-person meetings and the lack of substantial conversion, SHoWLE has decided to discontinue the use of for advertising our meetings and events.

Having a Meetup group costs about $25 a month and Doug Berger can't fund that cost himself especially when there has been little to no Meetup members becoming voting members of SHoWLE. 

"I liked the idea of a somewhat low cost advertising for our meetings and events and that's why I funded it myself but now the purpose is useless in our current pandemic status and there not being many people - I count less than five Meetup members that became voting members of SHoWLE - the Meetup group expense just doesn't make sense now," President Douglas Berger said.

Other advertising methods will be looked into for future use.

Current members of the Meetup group will be asked to sign up for this newsletter or visit our website event page for future meeting and event news.

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.

Distant but Together: A Virtual Celebration of Humanism

The American Humanist Association (AHA) will host a day-long virtual conference, Distant but Together: A Virtual Celebration of Humanism, on Saturday, August 8 from 11am – 6:30pm (ET). The free event will bring together exciting humanist speakers who will explore the values and principles that undergird our community.

For more information check out:

Secular Student Alliance Virtual Conference

The annual SSA conference has traditionally been the largest gathering of secular students in the country.  While we are disappointed we will not be able to host an in-person conference this year, we are excited to host a multi-day virtual conference with live-streaming and on-demand video for our students and the larger secular community.

Everyone is invited to participate in our virtual conference on July 22-25, 2020, consisting of excellent speakers, grassroots organizing workshops, and leadership training.  We are finalizing the speakers and schedule and have more information for you shortly.

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 nifty membership card to show off to friends and family
  • 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
  • Discounts on sponsored events and group merchandise
  • 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
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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