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Hello Members and Friends!

The Governor of Ohio has extended the stay-at-home order and the other orders against gathering in groups until May 1st so all SHoWLE in-person meetings and events are canceled. We will be meeting online (see details below).

We will 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 episode I talk to Charles Hill, a facilitator for the Columbus Ohio chapter of Recovering from Religion. We talk about how some religious believers, and even professional clergy, make the transition to being a non-believer, how important telling your story is to the process, and the start of efforts to form a Toledo chapter of his group.

You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher as well as some smaller podcast apps that pull info from the major directories. We are still working to get it included in Google Podcast directory.

People transition to non-belief in multiple ways. One person may rationally consider religious beliefs are not true and has nothing to do with their lives and they move on to their new non-believer life.

Another person may come to the conclusion that religious belief is not for them and moving on is much much harder. They may be in a family of strong believers and their choice may get them shunned. They may lose friends and may even lose their family and jobs. In some cases the person is a professional faith leader and they will have to make a complete career change.

They don't want to lie about their beliefs for the sake of living a "normal" life so they need help in their struggle to transition to being a non-believer. It's as much of struggle as quitting smoking or trying to lose hundreds of pounds all the while being a pariah in your family.

This is where Recovering from Religion and The Clergy Project come in.

Recovering from Religion with Charles Hill
Upcoming Meetings and Events

Pandemic Check In 2: Electric Boogaloo

Saturday, April 11, 2020  12 PM

We will take this opportunity to have a group check in through Skype. There is no formal topic just let us know how you are doing and if there is anything interesting you are doing to pass the time in quarantine. You don’t need to have a Skype account to join the “meeting”.

Check our event page for this meeting should the join link not work for you.

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

Save the dates for the Secular Week of Action - May 1 to May 10. Although we don't have anything officially planned, please hold the week open if you can so you can help us for an activity that will match this year's theme - the environment. If you have an idea for the supporting the theme let us know.

AHA encourages our local chapters and affiliates to incorporate environmental events into the Secular Week of Action—May 1 through May 10—because we only have one world and must care for it.

The Secular Week of Action is a call to secular communities across the country to put their secular values into action. Local secular organizations across the diverse nontheistic spectrum—atheists, agnostics, Ex-Muslims, freethinkers, humanists, skeptics, and many more who make up the one-in-four Americans unaffiliated with religion—come together to demonstrate our shared commitment to making this world, here and now, a better place. During this inspiring week, participating organizations buckle down and do the work that matters, taking social, political, and charitable actions that make a positive impact on their community.  

(This event may or may not take place depending on the status of the current public health emergency)

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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