Secular Sunday #31 – Making a Difference
It’s Secular Sunday time!
In this issue:
- Upcoming Events
- Today Atheist Ireland held its first planning meeting for a community outreach and charity project, tentatively titled “Good without Gods”. It was a very positive meeting and lots of good ideas came out of it. We hope to be able to make a real difference in people’s lives and inspire our members to help others.
One of the first ideas to come out of it is a Kiva group. Kiva is a micro-lending site that provides small loans to low-income individuals or groups. It’s a great idea because when all goes well (as it usually does) you can get your money back – or, better yet, lend it to someone else. Kiva is currently running a sponsored trial so you can make your first loan for free! If you’re not already a member, click here to get started. We’ve created an Atheist Ireland team so we can see the difference we make as a group.
(Note: Some of Kiva’s partners are religious charities and it’s not always obvious which ones. There’s a pretty comprehensive list here.
There are several other proposals under way and we’ll be discussing and implementing them in the coming weeks and months.
- The first committee meeting has also taken place for next year’s Women in Secularism conference. We’ll have more details soon.
- Our Annual General Meeting was scheduled for 18 August but has been postponed until mid-September to accommadate Sanal Edamaruku who’ll be our guest speaker. We will have more news on that including a firm date very soon.
- Monday 30 July, 8:30 pm, McSwiggans Bar and Restaurant, Woodquay, Galway (map)
Galway Skeptics in the Pub are meeting to discuss concrete, apparently. Facebook event page
- Sunday 5 August, 4:00 pm, Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin 2 (map)
The Humanist Association of Ireland meet on the first Sunday of every month. All are welcome.
- Wednesday 15 August, 8:00 pm, Absolute Hotel, Sir Harrys Mall, Limerick (map)
The Mid-West Humanists will be meeting to discuss their campaign for a secular constitution.
- 31 August – 2 September, Carlingford Heritage Centre, Co. Louth
All-Ireland Humanist Summer School, organised jointly by the Humanist Association of Ireland and the Humanist Association of Northern Ireland. Facebook event page
- “Why atheist and skeptic groups should be inclusive, caring and supportive, and 25 ways to discuss this reasonably” – Michael Nugent provides a sensible opinion on the escalating conflict within the online atheist and skeptic communities.
- “I suppose, if I were to list them, there would be many separate and distinct reasons why I do not believe in the existence of any deities.” – John Manning tells us why he is an atheist.
Till next time,
Editor, Secular Sunday