Newsletter: Connecting the Curious

Tuesday June 1 2021 1 27 PM

We need your help! Your input, suggestions and feedback were critical to us when we launched the Community of Reason. Your insights and perspectives continue to be important to us as we plan the remaining events for 2021 and begin to plan for 2022. Please complete this survey by June 10. This important online COR survey will help guide the planning of our events and activities as we begin to transition from a primarily virtual presence. The initial questions are COVID related, but the remainder of the survey is about our events and activism. If you've attended or have thought about attending some of these events, we want your feedback! We want to hear the good things that we are doing (so we can keep doing them) and we also want to hear about the not-so-good things (so we can improve). The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

We need your help!  Your input, suggestions and feedback were critical to us when we launched the Community of Reason.  Your insights and perspectives continue to be important to us as we plan the remaining events for 2021 and begin to plan for 2022.

Please complete this survey by June 10.

This important online COR survey will help guide the planning of our events and activities as we begin to transition from a primarily virtual presence.  The initial questions are COVID related, but the remainder of the survey is about our events and activism.  If you've attended or have thought about attending some of these events, we want your feedback!  We want to hear the good things that we are doing (so we can keep doing them) and we also want to hear about the not-so-good things (so we can improve).  The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

June is Pride Month!  

Join us on Tuesday June 1st for the COR Monthly Meeting “Pride is Everywhere” with our speaker Jen Scott.  NOTE: This meeting is on the first Tuesday of the month, a departure from our normal meeting time.

Jen is one of the co-founders of Community of Reason, serves as President of COR, serves on the board of Cincinnati Pride, and works as the Southwest Ohio Regional Organizer for Equality Ohio.  

Jen will walk us through a preview of the various Pride events, give us an update on LGBTQ+ legislation (both good and bad), and lead a discussion on why LGBTQ+ issues are atheist/humanist issues.  Even though things look a little different this year, there are many ways we can still be involved with Pride events and support the LGBTQ+ community through advocacy.  RSVP for the COR Monthly Meeting Here!
 
RECENT EVENTS & UPDATES
 

Desiree Willis, COR Vice President, recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in conjunction with AmeriCorps for the 439 volunteer hours she earned in 2020.  The recognition came with an awards certificate, a medal, and a letter signed by President Biden.  She has been reporting her volunteer hours to her workplace - her workplace submitted the paperwork for the official recognition.  Congratulations Desiree!

At our May Monthly meeting, Kira Pierson spoke about how she was inspired to create the project Butler County Ohio Missing to help locate missing persons in her community.  Her goal is to bring justice and accountability for missing persons cases.  Bringing awareness to the issue is the first step.  Next, forming a positive relationship between law enforcement and the community is essential.  Many people who go missing are largely forgotten because they were mostly poor, people struggling with addiction, sex workers, runaway teenagers and members of other marginalized communities.  However, victims don’t have “a look” - they could be anyone.  Since October 2020, Kira has helped locate 16 missing persons on her own.  To find out more or to help, please follow and like the BCOM Facebook page by clicking here.

Science On Tap for May featured Lindsey Vansandt, who is a Theriogenologist at the Cincinnati Zoo.   Lindsey talked about the Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Zoo and her successful project to produce the first ever jaguar cub from artificial insemination.  We learned that the jaguar is the largest native cat living in the Americas.  Lindsey shared with us her experience working with these cats and how CREW uses science to help the jaguar population thrive and grow.  All wild cats including jaguars are threatened with extinction due to habitat shrinkage and poaching.   Find out more about CREW here.

Trivia Question:  How many species of wild cats are there in the world, including jaguars?  Scroll to the end for the answer.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
All event information can be found on COR website or Meetup Calendar.
  • Thursday, June 3rd at 6pm - Multifaith PRIDE Celebration 2021

  • Sunday, June 6th from noon to 5pm - NKY Pridefest.  COR will have an information table at the event.  Come by and say hello.

  • Sunday, June 13th from noon to 5pm - Community Service: Volunteer for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Birthday Celebration.  

  • Monday, June 14th at 7pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Conversation Practice

  • Wednesday, June 16th at 6:30pm - Science On Tap - Covid and Vaccines

  • Saturday, June 26th at noon - SEMI-COLON BOOK CLUB: “Calling all Yankees to Florida” by John and Sarah Foster

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

Visit us on meetup.com to view the full COR Calendar!
 
ACTION CENTER
 
Take Action! Here are the ways you can be civically engaged this month!

SCOTUS Watch: We’re closely watching for the U.S. Supreme Court case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Depending on the decision, this case could have a major impact on separation of religion and government, as well as free speech. Learn more information hereand at our COR Monthly Meeting.
 
RECENT COR HIGHLIGHTS
The Heathens in Nature Hike for May was at Rentschler Forest Park in Butler County.  Diann, Dan, Desiree and the dogs enjoyed the pine trees in this part of the trail.  It was a lovely day to get out and enjoy the woods.
 
One of the trails at Rentschler Forest Park led to an old cemetery.  Many of the gravestones were from the mid-1800's.  In this photo, Desiree, Nina, Robert and the dogs explored the area. Join us at the next Heathens in Nature!
Please note that everyone at this event was vaccinated and agreed to that they were comfortable that this small group was ok to go without masks.  We are continuing to assess our COVID policy per medical experts, government guidelines, and your survey feedback. 
 
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TRIVIA ANSWER
 
Lindsey Vansandt from CREW said during her talk the number of wild cats varies depending on which researcher you ask.  By her count, Lindsey said there are around 40 species of wild cats in the world.

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