Announcing the Raising Freethinkers Virtual Book Club!

Join in on Secular Parenting’s first ever virtual book club as we read Raising Freethinkers this winter! Our book study will start on February 1, 2016, and run for about 6 weeks. The idea behind the project is simple: nonreligious parents across the country and around the world connecting with each other to discuss the same book.

About Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief (Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura, Amanda Metskas, Jan Devor):

Raising Freethinkers offers solutions to the unique challenges secular parents face and provides specific answers to common questions, as well as over 100 activities for both parents and their children. This book covers every important topic nonreligious parents need to know to help their children with their own moral and intellectual development, including advice on religious-extended-family issues, death and life, secular celebrations, wondering and questioning, and more. (Amazon.com)

If you don’t have a copy of the book already, grab a copy, and get ready for a great discussion!

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Here’s how you can join the conversation:

  1. Stop by the Secular Parenting forums to participate in weekly discussions. New questions are added on Mondays and Thursdays.
  2. Join our weekly Twitter chat each Monday night, 8-9 p.m. CST, using #RFChat2016.
  3. Join the Facebook discussion group.
  4. Write a blog post related to that week’s reading, and share it with us!
  5. Connect with other secular parents in person by hosting a local meetup or finding one near you.

Reading Schedule

Week 1 (Monday, February 1st) : Chapter 1

Week 2 (Monday, February 8th) : Chapters 2 & 3

Week 3 (Monday, February 15th) : Chapter 4

Week 4 (Monday, February 22nd) : Chapters 5 & 6

Week 5 (Monday, February 29th) :  Chapter 7

Week 6 (Monday, March 7th):  Chapters 8 & 9

 

We are excited for a wonderful winter of reading and sharing!

Happy reading!

Corrina Allen

@corrinaballen

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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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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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In the Beginning: Sharing Creation Stories With My Kids

Over the last few months, my daughters and I have snuggled up together under blankets to read our latest bedtime stories from an anthology called “In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World.”

5375620635_8bca6b05af_oLike a good humanist Mom, I wanted to make sure my girls knew all about various religious traditions rather than being indoctrinated into a specific viewpoint. I wanted to make sure all religious myths were given equal footing in their lives rather than hearing only stories from Genesis. I wanted to make sure they saw the rich tapestry of beliefs that make up the cultures of our world rather than think one particular story was “divine.” I wanted a cozy yet educational experience with lots of reflection and deep thinking.

What I got instead? Two young girls doubled up laughing!

It started with the very first story, the very first page. “The Pea Pod Man” is an Eskimo myth about a trickster raven god. Here is how it went.

Me (reading): “Time was, there were no people on Earth. The first man still lay inside the pea pod.”

8 year old (giggling): WHAT? Like, inside a bean??

Me: Yuimagep!

And it continued through the second story, “Quat the Creator,” a myth about a sun god who creates humans from wooden puppets.

Me (reading): “The brothers were all named Tangaro, but–”

6 year old (interrupting): They all had the same name?!

[Pause for 10 minutes of laughing.]

Me (reading, a bit later when Tangaro the Fool had created, buried, then forgotten his own wooden puppets): “What he found there had rotted. He was forced to leave his puppets buried, they smelled so bad.”

Girls: Hahahahahahaha!!

At this point, I admit I was chuckling along with them and by the time we got to Tawis-karong beating up his brother with a bag full of corn and beans in “The Woman Who Fell From the Sky,” we were just howling at all the ludicrous things in these stories!

Should I discourage the laughing? Maybe. Am I worried that they’ll laugh when they hear others share their Judeo-Christian creation stories? A little. But frankly, I’m glad they recognize the ridiculousness and rather relieved they aren’t prone to falling for the fiction. At least not yet. And we have some time to work on polite but truthful responses to religious traditions that won’t offend. Or won’t offend as much.

 

Source:

Hamilton, V., & Moser, B. (1988). In the beginning: Creation stories from around the world. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

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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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