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Hello Members and Friends!

Coming up in June we have some great programs scheduled including our biggest general meeting to date. We also have some new ways you can support Humanism in Toledo.
Upcoming Meetings and Events

Humanist Breakfast and Streaming the AHA Conference

Saturday, June 8, 2019   9 AM to 3 PM

Kent Branch Library 3101 Collingwood Blvd Toledo, OH 43610

Join us for a special expanded edition of our regular monthly meeting as we watch video presentations from the 78th Annual American Humanist Association Conference.

For the first time, the AHA will be streaming their conference online. We will have some light breakfast items along with juice and coffee. We will be in Meeting Room B.

Here is the schedule for our special day June 8th starting at 9 AM:

Sheldon Krimsky: Genetic Editing of Embryos: Ethical Considerations

Paul Golin: Why Are There So Many Jewish Atheists and Agnostics? And Why Do So Few Call Themselves Humanists (Yet)?

Kim Newton: Growing the Next Generation of Humanist Changemakers

10:30am-10:45am Break

Jay Wexler: Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Wiccans and Others are Demanding Their Place in Public Life

Donna Forsythe: Humanist Celebrants and Secular Life-Cycle Celebrations

12:00pm-1:00pm* Award Ceremony/Lunch*
Leighann Lord, Humanist Arts Award and Salman Rushdie, Humanist of the Year Award (prerecorded video)

*During this time, feel free to brown bag or leave for lunch. No meal prep or storage options available.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

We will reconvene for the SHoWLE regular monthly meeting consisting of what will surely be a lively discussion of the morning programming. (Light refreshments & of course COOKIES)

***Note the library doesn’t open until 9 AM so we will be starting a little later than 9 AM.

The AHA conference is June 7th through the 9th with programs streaming on the web each day. For more info on the conference and to register (although it isn’t required to join us on Saturday) go to:

During the conference portion of the time (9 am to noon), you can come for one, two, or all the scheduled presentations. Or if you can’t be with us before 1 PM then feel free to just come for our group meeting at 1. We won’t lock the doors at 9 AM 

All of our general meetings are free and open to the public

Humanist Nooner – Bite Me Twice Mediterranean Bistro

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Bite Me Twice Mediterranean Bistro 2007 N Holland Sylvania Rd Toledo, OH 43615

Join host Doug Berger each month as he explores some of the fine eating establishments in the Toledo metro area for lunch.

Looking for a fun time without a boring meeting, then Humanist Nooners is the place to be.

Although the food isn’t free, the conversation will be and it is open to the public. You can even ask Doug about Humanism and freethought. It might also be nice to bring a can good to donate a local Food bank and some ideas for our next food adventure.

Bite Me Twice Menu

This event is open to the public to attend

More Upcoming Events
SHoWLE Will Not Work With Those Who Support Anti-abortion Laws

The SHoWLE Board of Directors passed a resolution that said SHoWLE would not work with any person or group who supports any restriction on abortion.

The statement condemns, in strong terms, the Ohio legislature for passing the so-called "heartbeat" law that has neither public support nor is it based on any sound scientific facts.

"This is just plain codified theology," Douglas Berger, President of SHoWLE said. "Conservatives complain about Muslims wanting to make Sharia law in the US and here the Ohio legislature passes a bill that is a Christian version of Sharia law. This has nothing to do with helping women and everything to do with controlling and punishing women."

The so-called 'heartbeat' bill is one of over a dozen anti-abortion laws or policies passed in the GOP dominated legislature since 2013.

"As a group, we've decided enough is enough," Berger said. "We will not work with any group that actively or philosophically supports banning or restricting abortion and we would suggest that businesses and nonprofits avoid Ohio when selecting locations for meetings or planning conferences."

The Ohio legislature also has not supported comprehensive sex education in schools or efforts to provide free or low cost access to birth control and family planning.

Studies, such as one by the Guttmacher Institute in 2016, showed that one sure way to reduce abortion is to have comprehensive sex education and easy access to birth control. Teen abortions declined 64% in Colorado after a program provided low cost IUDs to public health clinics in that state.

"It seems like a common thread in legislatures that like to punish women. They also fear science," Berger said. "This is why Humanists support separation of church and state because religious people shouldn't make their religious beliefs into public laws that hurt others who don't share those religious beliefs."

SHoWLE will support groups and initiatives to restore our state government to one that bases public laws and policies on science facts instead of religious bigotry.

SHoWLE will support efforts to restore the Ohio legislature to one that actually represents how Ohioans voted rather than gerrymandered to keep and abuse its legislative power.

Click Here to Read the Statement in Full

No General Meetings in July or August

We will be taking a break in July and August from our formal monthly general meetings. People tend to go on vacations in the summer and others tend to spend more time outdoors. We do plan to have Humanist Nooners and other social events as scheduled.

Skepticon is August 9th through the 11th

Skepticon is a skeptic/freethinker/educational/awesome conference that is held annually in St Louis, MO.

It is the mission of Skepticon to support, promote, and develop free-thought, skeptic, and scientific communities through inclusive educational programming, and with an expressly social-justice oriented philosophy.

…which is really a fancy way of saying we all get together to share ideas, knowledge, and high fives.

Skepticon is also the largest FREE skeptic conference in the nation, and quite possibly the universe
How Can You Support Humanism In Toledo?

1. Join our group - obviously the best way is to join our group if you agree with our principles and believe Humanism is a life stance you can support.

2. Donate - we would never turn down a donation. We can use cash to further our programing and pay for the general operation of the group. You can donate once or set up a monthly subscription. We use PayPal but you don't need to have a PayPal account to donate to us.

3. Give through your place of employment - many businesses have charity giving as part of a benefit package. You donate an amount and in most cases your employer will match it. SHoWLE is part of the Fidelity Giving Marketplace for those who have that option.

4. Use your Kroger Plus Card - if you shop at Kroger, you can enroll our group on your Plus card and Kroger will donate a small percentage of your total spending to us. Go to the Kroger Community Rewards page, sign in, and enroll us using our group number - XC299 - or search on our full group name. Click here for more help. If you need a Kroger Plus card, they are at the Customer Service Desk.

5. Amazon Smile Program - We are signed up through the Amazon Smile program. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your total eligible purchases to SHoWLE. We also have a Charity List of items we could use if you want to help with actual items.

6. Create a fundraiser on Facebook - If you use Facebook, you can create a fundraiser to benefit SHoWLE to mark your birthday or other milestone. 100% of the money donated comes to SHoWLE.
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

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We have two membership plans:

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