Welcome to Summer!
It’s been a busy few months at OHS since our last newsletter; here are a few highlights:
Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM in April! We don’t get to meet face to face very often, and it was great to see everyone in person and finally meet some of our newer members. We selected Blue Mountain as the location of next year’s event, and hope to see even more people then!
Thanks to everyone who responded to our website survey – we appreciate your input! Our new website is almost ready and we’ll let everyone know when it is launched.
- Signing the Science Pledge
OHS has signed on as supporters of Evidence for Democracy’s Science Pledge. If you would like to see decisions made based on science rather than politics, you can sign the pledge and show your support too.
After the devastating earthquake in Nepal, IHEU sent out an appeal for help from Society for Humanism (SOCH) Nepal.They had mobilized over 1000 volunteers across the country and needed financial aid to provide food and shelter to those in need. OHS was pleased to make a donation to SOCH and wishes them the best in their efforts. Below, you will find an interview with Uttam Niraula, of SOCH Nepal, who spoke to Cortney Pasternak about the earthquake and his organizations response.
Uttam Niraula, SOCH Nepal
by Cortney Pasternak
Uttam Niraula is one of the founders and is Executive Director of the Society for Humanism (SOCH), Nepal. He is also the Communications Officer for the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization (IHEYO). His family has been directly affected by the earthquake in April.
Uttam spoke with Cortney via email about his organization’s relief efforts, and what it’s like to be a Humanist in Nepal.
Happy World Humanist Day!
Celebrated every year on June 21st, World Humanist Day is an opportunity to share and promote the values of Humanism around the world.
There is an ongoing campaign to persuade Google to mark the day with a Google Doodle, and you can show your support by joining their Facebook page.
However you chose to celebrate, OHS hopes everyone had a happy World Humanist Day.
OHS at Pride!
For the third year in a row, OHS Officiant and Board Member Arran Liddel represented OHS at Pride!
We’d like to say a big “Thank you!” to Arran and everyone else who has volunteered to help this weekend!
Tales From the Field
Here’s a great story, sent to us by Bryce Healey…
– SURPRISE – You are getting Married!
It all started with an email from ‘Doug’ asking if I would be available for a surprise wedding. I’ve been a part of surprise weddings in the past where the guests do not know they are actually about to attend a wedding. But this wedding was to be a surprise for the Bride. Curious to find out more I confirmed my availability and set a time to meet with Doug.
As it turns out, Doug and ‘Mel’ had been engaged for many years and had known each other for many more. Due to a variety of calamities, the wedding date had been pushed back time and time again. Doug and Mel’s sister hatched a plan to make it happen. My exact words to Doug when we met were that he was either the bravest man I knew… or the dumbest. Either way a very romantic gesture.
From Ontario and Beyond
Third Atheist Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh This Year Ananta Bijoy Das was murdered, by four assailants, near his home.
All Going to Plan, Ireland Will Have Same-Sex Marriage by Christmas
Is the U.K. Still a Christian Country? Results of a recent Pew Research Center analysis show a major religious transformation.
Norway Finally Scraps Its Blasphemy Law
The Startling Humanism of Mad Max: Fury Road The debate over whether Mad Max is a feminist movie might be missing the point!
Albino Killings and Humanism in Malawi The small Humanist movement in Malawi is challenged by this horrific and superstitious practice.
Wanted: A Theology of Atheism The New York Times takes a look at Sunday Assemblies as an alternative to church.
From the OHS Social Media Files
The OHS Facebook group has grown to over 400 members and encourages posting and discussion of any topic of interest to Humanists. Take a look at some of these recent posts and join in the conversation:
Bolivia’s “Law of Mother Earth” Gives Rights to Our Planet as a Living System
It’s Now Illegal for France’s Grocery Stores to Throw Away Food
Review of Canadian Secularism for June 19 from Secular Lynx
Comics & Puzzles!
Take a break and enjoy a laugh with comics like this one from Jesus and Mo.Then test your puzzle-solving skills with our Humanist themed brainteasers!