Join Future of Ethical Societies for Local Community Project
- When: Sunday, December 28, 2014 @ 1:00 pm
- Our School at Blair Grocery , 1740 Benton Street , New Orleans, LA view map
Future of Ethical Societies (FES) is a group of young adults across the United States who are invested in humanism and ethical culture. Ethical Humanism serves as an alternative to traditional religion for folks who seek it. They believe in "deed before creed", and bringing out the best in each other so as to realize the best in ourselves.
FES has planned a service trip to New Orleans and they would love to meet like minded humanists while they are here!
This will be a work day at the community farm, Our School at Blair Grocery, which serves youth and the community by educating them about food justice. Founder Nat Turner will also share his vision for the Lower 9th Ward community.
You are encouraged to bring your own lunch, snacks and beverages for the afternoon.
Offended at the Bookstore?12/16/2014
I recently volunteered to do gift wrapping for holiday shoppers at a major chain bookstore in Metairie
. This was mostly a pleasant experience, and an opportunity to make NOSHA visible and even to collect a few dollars in donations. Occasionally, someone would say they wouldn't donate to our group, and I always said that was entirely up to them. Everybody who came to the table got their gift wrapped.
One shopper, though, voiced some negative opinions. He photographed me and the table, accused NOSHA of being anti-Christian, tried to dissuade another patron from having her gift wrapped at our table, and proclaimed our presence “offensive.”
No doubt this fellow thinks nonbelievers are the cause of any number of problems for him, his church, and/or America. He needs to spend more time looking in the mirror.
I guess he felt that people in the bookstore were there to shop for Christmas, that Christmas is a Christian holiday, and therefore only good Christians should volunteer to do gift wrapping. A long list of problems with this position seem not to have occurred to him at all. For starters, we were in a bookstore, not his home nor his church. Yet he seemed to feel he should have some kind of control over the situation, determining who should or should not be performing which services. ...continue reading
Keeping It Between The Goalposts 12/05/2014
Chances are that not many would have given a small band of atheists with a liberal social agenda much hope to last very long as a functioning organization in a city with a strong, 300 year-old Catholic tradition, or in a state situated nearly in the center of the Protestant Bible Belt spanning the southern United States. This would have to have been a pipe dream that wafted away quicker than the pungent smoke they were sharing, right?
Well, wrong. The hypothetical skeptic would have passed over a deeper look at the message that served as the core principle of the organization, and negligently underestimated the dedication and, quite frankly, chutzpah of founding father Harry Greenberger and the devoted brothers and sisters around him at the beginning. Had the agenda been specious or the organizers easily discouraged, the prognosis of failure would have been correct, but the combination of leadership and purpose made success a fait accompli—nearly everything was right for this marriage made in…well…New Orleans.
The one-two combination of people and purpose, directors with a directive: what a concept. The symmetry is elegant, but at the same time can be insidiously satisfying—an End, a state of zero energy, motionless poetry. It need not be, and there seems to be no one involved with the group ready to relax on past positives....and counting.