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March - April 2017 Freethought Society ezine

Click here to see the March/April 2017 Freethought Society (FS) ezine.

 In the ezine you will find the following articles:

  • The Historic 2017 Women’s March by Margaret Downey, Patti Butcheck, Catherine Hillery, Larry Hothem and Lisa Pedersen

    Women March

    Women March

  • 2017 Women’s March Sign Collage
  • Anti-Superstition Friday-the-Thirteenth Kicks Off 2017 LogiCal-LA Conference
  • Anti-Superstition Friday-the-Thirteenth Bash Photos
  • 2017 LogiCal-LA Skeptics Conference Photos
  • The Freethought Society’s 2017 Two-Month Activities Calendar
  • Freethought Society Merchandise Page
  • Donation and Information Page

 We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!

If the ezine inspires you to become more actively involved with FS, please provide us with your contact information, including your phone number and mailing address.

Special events are being planned in your area so don’t miss an opportunity to participate further. All personal information is confidential and will not be shared with other organizations.

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The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

Sole Searching

Want to help? Please visit our Helping Hands page to learn more about how the Freethought Society continues to give back to our community, and how you can make a difference!

Sole Searching

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to continue another project to benefit the homeless community. Donate your gently worn shoes at an FS event or at a monthly meeting. All donations will be acknowledged with a “thank you” and receipt that can be used for tax deduction purposes.

Large boxes filled with shoes will be delivered to a homeless shelter in Pennsylvania. Please note that shoes with high heels are not appropriate for donation.

The more sturdy the shoe, the better! Boots, work and sport shoes are best. Please do not donate over-used and/or dirty shoes.

Thanks in advance for looking through your closet and locating shoes that you no longer enjoy wearing. Consider yourself sole-searching. There is no such thing as an out-of-style shoe in the homeless community. All flat-style shoes can be of use and will be greatly appreciated.

Please “step up” to participate and imagine what it is like to “walk in the shoes” of a homeless person.

Sole Searching

Jump into the Jean Pool

The Freethought Society (FS) is proud to continue the “Jeans Only Clothing Drive.” Donate your gently worn jeans at an FS event or monthly meeting. Jeans are too heavy to ship, so an inperson donation is necessary. All donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes. When FS fills a large box with donated jeans, the box will be delivered to a homeless shelter in Pennsylvania. This type of “Jean Therapy” can benefit many people who are in need of sturdy clothing. FS seeks all sizes, including jeans for children, young adults and seniors. Please do not donate stained, ripped or torn jeans. Ask your family, friends and neighbors to donate to this effort.

Watch Meetup, the FS Discussion GroupFacebook and the quarterly newsletter for announcements about the next opportunity to donate. Local businesses can be asked to participate in this collection. Let’s find merchants who are willing to help. Please contact FS to request a poster that can be used to gather jeans from the public-at-large.

Jump Into the Jean Pool

Partnering to Help the Homeless

The Freethought Society’s (FS) Helping Hands Committee has partnered with a local homeless shelter to provide needed items. Safe Harbor is a homeless shelter located in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Safe Harbor is located at 20 North Matlack Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The facility has been open for over twenty years. During frequent visits to the facility, no religious literature or symbols are displayed. Safe Harbor is known specifically as a secular non-discriminatory 501(c)3 non-profit organization. There is no religious testing for services, the facility does not promote, endorse or support any particular religious belief. All visitors are welcome.

There are many jobs to do at Safe Harbor. Volunteers are needed for laundry duty, health advocacy (scheduling doctor appointments, providing transportation to doctors and hospitals, etc.), cleaning, and maintenance of the facility. Please visit www.safeharborofgwc.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Twice a year (in celebration of Spring and/or Winter), FS would like to provide some of the following items needed at Safe Harbor:

Cleaning Supplies

  • Windex, bleach, toilet bowl cleaner, Clorox wipes, all-purpose spray cleaner, dish detergent, Brillo pads, Magic Erasers, cleaning rags

Women’s Needs

  • Panties, sports bras, socks, slippers, feminine hygiene products, pajama pants

Personal Care Items

  • Deodorant, razors, shaving cream, Tylenol/Advil, cold medicine, cough drops/lozenges

Food Items

  • Individual snack packs, coffee, creamer, cups, sugar/sugar substitute packets, powdered juice mix, iced tea mix

Men’s Needs

  • Boxers, undershirts, socks, hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants, pajama pants

Miscellaneous

  • Bus tokens, paper towels and napkins, tote bags, duffle bags, backpacks, hats, scarves, gloves

Donations can be given at any FS meeting. The items will be delivered to Safe Harbor. A tax-deduction receipt will be provided to donors requesting one.

Helping the Homeless

Barry Lynn on Church-State Separation at Ludington Library

Barry LynnThe Freethought Society (FS) is very pleased to host Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) on Monday, May 18, 2015.

In his presentation Separation Anxiety: The First Amendment at Risk Lynn will provide updates about the newest events in church-state separation. Some of the topics he will discuss are same-gender marriage license refusals, upcoming Supreme Court cases, memorials on public grounds, and his interactions with the Religious Right.

Please plan to attend this informative presentation on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA. The event begins promptly at 7:00 pm. A SEPTA stop is located across the street from the library.

Celebrate Winter Solstice/HumanLight! Dec. 15, 2013

Join the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia (HAGP) in celebrating reason, compassion, and hope at their Winter Solstice/HumanLight Party. This year festivities take place on Sunday, Dec. 15th at the Holiday Inn Fort Washington (at Ft. Washington Turnpike exit; also Fort Washington train station is in the Holiday Inn parking lot) 432 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034.

Limited Space. Make Your Reservation by December 1st!

Winter Solstice/HumanLight Party Schedule:

12:00PM         Doors open, Emcee Pat Colucci welcomes all

12:30PM         lunch buffet begins
1:00PM           Cantabile quartet provides live music during a portion of the lunch hour

1:25PM           Dedication to Joe Fox, co-founder Human Light
1:30PM           Candle lighting and song: “These Three Flame”
1:45PM           Keynote Address by Edwina Rogers
2:45PM           music
3:45PM           Closing and Humanlight song

4:00 PM          End

also: Children/adult story telling by Mr. Jim

 

Price: Tickets, which include the buffet, are $20 for adults. People under 15 are admitted FREE if accompanied by an adult. The meal is an expansive luncheon buffet geared to vegetarian and meat eaters alike. Children will be welcome to visit the “build your own Sundae”  table after the meal. Purchase tickets online by going to this page: http://hagp.squarespace.com/humanlight/.

If you would prefer to make a reservation and pay by check, write a check for the number of adult tickets and mail it in with a note saying how many adult and children attending to HAGP, P.O. Box 161, Willow Grove, PA.

About Edwina Rogers:

                    Edwina Rogers has served in public policy positions in the US Senate, White House, private and international sectors for over twenty years. She currently serves as the Executive Director at the Secular Coalition for America (SCA), a non-profit coalition that represents the diverse and growing voice for separation of religion and government.

SCA currently represents over 20% of the US population and requires intense coordination between 50 state chapters and the coalition, which Ms. Rogers oversees and guides. She served as the founding Executive Director of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative from 2006-2011, a Washington DC trade association, responsible for the national Patient Centered Medical Home movement and implementing the model around the US.

Restroom, lobby. etc., are handicap accessible