Newsletter: Connecting the Curious

Monday April 12 2021 2 02 AM

Interested in learning more about how our society creates and uses energy, both now and in the future? If so, join us Tuesday April 13th at 6:30pm for the COR monthly meeting with speaker Bob Hermann. Bob serves on the board of Community of Reason and manages our Science O'Clock Cincinnati programming including the Science on Tap monthly event series. He will review past energy usage, problems with fossil fuels, renewable energy options, local renewable initiatives and global issues in the future. Hope you can join us for this “energizing” conversation!

Interested in learning more about how our society creates and uses energy, both now and in the future?  If so, join us Tuesday April 13th at 6:30pm for the COR monthly meeting with speaker Bob Hermann.  Bob serves on the board of Community of Reason and manages our Science O'Clock Cincinnati programming including the Science on Tap monthly event series.  He will review past energy usage, problems with fossil fuels, renewable energy options, local renewable initiatives and global issues in the future. Hope you can join us for this “energizing” conversation!  Sign up at this link.

 
MARCH EVENTS AND UPDATES
 

At March’s Science On Tap, we learned about how to become a better bird watcher in Ohio.  Our speaker Tom Hissongan is an Interpretive Naturalist and Environmental Educator working in the Dayton, Ohio area for nearly 41 years.  The focus of the talk was Ohio birds, but he also talked about birds in other parts of the country as well as migrating birds. Tom also shared with us some of his stunning nature photography.  Question:  Can you name five flightless birds?  Scroll to the bottom to find out.

Many of you joined us for the annual American Atheists National Convention the first weekend of April. It was great to see so many COR members online at the various sessions! The convention kicked off with Rep. Jared Huffman, the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus and the only open nontheist currently serving in the United States Congress. American Atheists President Nick Fish and Rep. Huffman discussed the work of the Freethought Caucus, Rep. Huffman’s experience with religion, and the state of religious freedom in our nation.  There was a panel discussion of the threat of Christian Nationalism with authors and journalists Katherine Stewart, Kelly J. Baker, and Chrissy Stroop.  In addition, COR president Jen Scott was part of a panel discussion called “Grassroots Activism: Get Out and Do the #%@# Things” with Tracey Benefield, Atheist Community of Lubbock (TX) and Sarah Ray, Atheist Community of Polk County (FL) about being more active in your community.  These talks and more should be available soon on the American Atheists YouTube page.  Hopefully we can all gather together in person for the 2022 American Atheists National Convention in Atlanta!

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
  • Wednesday, April 14th at 7pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Conversation Practice

  • Thursday, April 15th at 6pm - The People's Agenda for Justice.  This event is hosted by our FOCO (Freedom of Choice Ohio) partners.  Registration required.

  • Saturday, April 17th at 1pm - Field Trippin': Secrets of Covington from the book Secret Cincinnati

  • Saturday, April 17th at 7pm - Adventures in Time and Space: 1920s

  • Sunday, April 18th at 11am - Heathens in Nature: Licking River Greenway Trails and Murals

  • Wednesday, April 21st at 630pm - Science On Tap - April - Weather Forecasting

  • Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm - The Life of Neil A Armstrong.  This event is hosted by Miami University.  Registration required.

  • Saturday, April 24th at noon - Semi-colon Book Club: Girl in Black and White by Jessie Morgan-Owens.  This event is hosted by Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

  • Wednesday, April 28th at 6:30pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Study Group

  • Thursday, April 29th at 6:30pm - Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day Stories

  • Thursday, May 6th at 5pm - What's Up with the Courts? Litigation Roundup with the ACLU of Ohio.  Registration required.

Visit us on meetup.com to view the full COR Calendar!
 
ACTION CENTER
 

 

 

Take action for a better world!  There’s a lot going on at the federal level and at the state level.  Here are some simple actions you can take today to show your support and/or opposition to proposed legislation.

Federal

The Equality Act (H.R. 5) is a bill that would expand national civil rights laws by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Equality Act has passed in the House and your senators need to hear from you! Contact them and tell them you support the Equality Act! 

Ohioans contact Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman.

Kentuckians contact US Senator Rand Paul at and Kentucky US Senator Mitch McConnell.

Ohioans

Contact your state legislators and ask them to support the Ohio Fairness Act and the Conversion Therapy Ban! Find contact information here.

Kentuckians

The Kentucky Legislature has ended. Stay tuned for ways to get involved in Kentucky.  

 
RECENT COR HIGHLIGHTS
 
“Worry Acorn” at the Imago Preserve. This new artwork, made from repurposed honeysuckle, is a quiet place where one can let go of your worries and sit in silence enjoying the natural surroundings around them.  Some of the materials used were gathered and prepared by Dan and Nina Dusa when Community of Reason volunteered at Imago last month. Project manager Hannah and her friends did a great job with the construction and final artwork.
 
 
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