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Hello Members and Friends!

The Governor of Ohio has extended orders against gathering in groups at least until the end of May. 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 this longer than usual episode Doug talks with Nick Little, Vice President and General Counsel of the Center for Inquiry, about his group's effort to force big retailers to be honest about homeopathy products they sell. They discuss the group's current work to allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in all the states. Finally they look at the current status of church and state litigation in the time of Trump. It isn't good.

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. 

Homeopathy products are concoctions that are sold next to actual over the counter medicine in many big retailers like Walmart and CVS. You have a child with the flu so you go to the local CVS and see a product next to the name brand that will say it is natural or organic or gluten free and parents will buy thinking it is the same thing as the name brand. Those homeopathy products are not the same and in some cases can actually be dangerous not only for kids but all of us. The Center for Inquiry filed lawsuits against WalMart and CVS to get the retailers to market the products separately from the name brand and tested medicines and to be honest about what these products do.

Nick and Doug also discuss the current work to allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in all the states.

In many states in the country secular people who want to solemnize marriages still have to be certified by a religious group even if that group isn't religious in a super natural way. CFI thinks it is an insult to secular people to make us lie about being religious.

Finally we look at the current status of church and state litigation in the time of Trump. Elections do matter and secular people will be on the losing end of many cases in the near future.

Fighting 21st Century Homeopathy with Nick Little
Upcoming Meetings and Events

SHoWLE @ Home: How have you spent your time?

Saturday, May 9, 2020  12 PM

Join us online for our monthly general meeting. The topic this month is letting us know what you've been up to during the stay-at-home time or let us know what essential work you had to do while the rest of us were at home.

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 use audio.

*We will be trying to live stream the meeting to YouTube… fingers crossed*

Virtual Humanist Nooner

Wednesday, May 20, 2020  12 PM

Watch Doug eat lunch.... not really...

Join Doug online for lunch as we talk about whatever is on people’s minds. We can also talk about what we plan to do once we can start going places again.

Here is the link to our virtual diner:

You shouldn’t need to download anything to join the meeting. Just click on the link and allow your camera and microphone to be used. You can also join using audio only.

Doug will try to live stream the event on YouTube

More Upcoming Events
News & Notes

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.

Secular Week of Action

The Secular Week of Action - May 1 to May 10. Although we don't have anything officially planned, if you take an action related to the theme (A Compassionate Response To COVID-19) take a picture and share it with us.


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:
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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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