Doing Good Without God

17079546379_0325b61aad_k(1)Foundation Beyond Belief’s National Week of Action–“a way to come together regardless of beliefs to benefit our communities”–was celebrated this April 30th through May 6th. This year my family worked with our local humanist group, the Central New York Humanist Association, to clean up a local park.

We spent two lovely hours enjoying the sunshine and the company of like-minded atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers while raking leaves and gathering litter. My two daughters donned gloves and had a grand time competing to see who could find the coolest bit of trash. (An old bird’s nest was the winner!)  Afterwards, my gals explored the playground and made friends with the kids from other secular families while the adults chatted over donuts and coffee.

As we were finishing up, t17270521371_febacf8f28_h(2)he local Little League coach and his team who use the park’s baseball field came by and were thrilled to see how much we’d spruced up the place. We had a great afternoon showing the community how nonbelievers can be “good without god!”

Looking for a local freethought group to volunteer with?  Check here to find a Beyond Belief Network team near you!

Corrina

Corrina

Corrina is a wife, mom, teacher, and humanist. She lives in Central New York with her writer husband and their two young daughters. She is the current President of the CNY Humanist Association (www.cnyhumanists.org) and Coordinator of the CNY Coalition of Reason. She also writes for Secular Voices. In her off time, she loves to read, play Scrabble, crochet, and binge-watch shows on Netflix.

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Bill Nye, The Science Guy added to Netflix

We recently asked on Facebook what some of your favorite kids shows were. My answer was Bill Nye, The Science Guy. Sure there are better shows, but I’ve started watching it with my daughter recently, and she enjoys it, especially when I tell her daddy used to watch it as a kid.

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Well, for those of you in the US, it’s become a lot easier to watch this classic with your kids, because it’s now available on Netflix.

Do any of you plan to start watching with your kids, and bask in nostalgia?

 

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Will Snyder

Will Snyder

A Humanist Celebrant through the Humanist Society and American Humanist Association, as well as father of two. Will is a founding member of Secular-Parenting, working to promote secularism and a Humanist world-view.

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Happy National Day of Reason!

The National Day of Reason, celebrated annually on the first Thursday of May, was established in 2003 by the American Humanist Association and the Washington Area Secular Humanists. The holiday was started as a way to oppose the National Day of Prayer as the holiday is unconstitutional and discriminates against those who don’t worship the same as those who celebrate it. A national holiday that doesn’t celebrate an entire nation? That doesn’t seem fair.

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However, The National Day of Reason serves as part of an effort to have Americans celebrate reason while bringing awareness to the importance of separation of religion from government. A national day that unites rather than divides the people. Although the holiday is primarily celebrated by those in the secular community, anyone who stands for reason, and wants to see positive change in America can celebrate.

There are events being held today, May 7, 2015, around the country, but anyone is free to start their own event. The purpose of this day is just to be an active part of your community while promoting positive change. Help out at a shelter, offer a public service, or engage in a reasonable discussion with others. Be the change you want to see and include your children in doing so!

Do you support this holiday? If so, please take the time to check out the National Day of Reason website, and fill out this petition to help the effort.

Killeen

Killeen

Killeen is an Atheist stay-at-home mother of two who spends her free time volunteering with, and coordinating youth emergency programs for the American Red Cross. Killeen is also a co-founder for Secular Parenting whose goal is to unite like-minded parents, and encourage friendly discussion on what it means to be secular.

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May the Fourth be with you!

Growing up, Star Trek was a big influence on my deconversion to atheism. It helped to teach me to look at things from different perspectives, and to think critically.

I like The Star Wars, but am not a diehard fan. So, when I found this video of Tim Russ from Star Trek: Voyager explaining Star Wars day to me, I felt I would share it with everyone!

Happy Star Wars Day! May The Fourth Be With You!

I’m glad I’m raising my kids without religion, that Jedi thing just seems to cause trouble. 😉

Will Snyder

Will Snyder

A Humanist Celebrant through the Humanist Society and American Humanist Association, as well as father of two. Will is a founding member of Secular-Parenting, working to promote secularism and a Humanist world-view.

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