Newsletter: Connecting the Curious

Sunday August 8 2021 3 29 PM

Save the date! Sunday, September 19th from 11:30am-3:30pm we are hosting our Annual COR Community Cookout at Mt. Echo Park. The Community of Reason is continuing the tradition of an annual gathering of atheists, humanists and other nonbelievers at Mt. Echo Park. This tradition was started by Matt Kovach, founder of Cincinnati Atheists. COR will provide grilling supplies and meat options, buns and condiments. Sign up here to RSVP for the COR Community Cookout. Also, please sign up here to let us know what food items or supplies you can bring and also to volunteer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THE COMMUNITY OF REASON NEWSLETTER:

Connecting the Curious

 

Join us for our next monthly meeting on Tuesday August 10th at 6:30pm for Movie Time - Letting Go of God [Hybrid Event].   Letting Go of God is a humorous monologue by former Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney chronicling her search for God.  This will be our first in-person monthly meeting since early 2020.  If you want to join us in person, we are returning to our meeting venue at the Harriet Beecher Stowe house.   Or you can join us virtually on Zoom using the link in the meeting description.  There will be social time before the movie begins.  Sign up to join us for our monthly meeting in person or on Zoom by clicking the link here.

NEW MERCHANDISE

We have new designs in our Community of Reason Store! Two designs were specifically made for our Tie Dye Party!  If you plan on joining us on September 4th for the COR Tie Dye party, let us know what COR shirt you want to dye by this Friday August 13th so that we can add it to our bulk order.  This way you can save on shipping costs.  More info on ordering shirts and signing up for the Meetup here.

COR COMMUNITY PICNIC

Save the date! Sunday, September 19th from 11:30am-3:30pm we are hosting our Annual COR Community Cookout at Mt. Echo Park.  The Community of Reason is continuing the tradition of an annual gathering of atheists, humanists and other nonbelievers at Mt. Echo Park. This tradition was started by Matt Kovach, founder of Cincinnati Atheists.  COR will provide grilling supplies and meat options, buns and condiments. Sign up here to RSVP for the COR Community Cookout. Also, please sign up here to let us know what food items or supplies you can bring and also to volunteer.

COR MEMBERSHIP

Reminder! COR Voting members will be able to vote on Board Members and Advisory Council Members at the end of the year. Become a voting member or renew your membership via our Community of Reason website. Questions? Contact us at communityofreasonohky@gmail.com.

COVID POLICY UPDATE

We are cautiously adding indoor in-person events for small groups of people. When possible, we will add a hybrid option so that individuals who aren’t able to join us online will be able to participate.  We plan to continue offering some of our events as online only options.  For in person events, we may ask individuals to use masks based on government guidelines, venue requirements, and the latest information on the pandemic. 

 
RECENT EVENTS & UPDATES
 

At our July monthly meeting we were joined by Taylor Albright (she/her), Regional Field Manager for Planned Parenthood Ohio.  She gave us an update on redistricting and reproductive rights across the state.  The local ordinances “banning abortion” are probably not constitutional but we won’t find out for sure until there is a court challenge. 

Outside groups from other states are introducing anti-choice bills and transgender athletes bills in Ohio as well as across the US.  The fight continues against such legislation.
 

A few of our members attended the Community Mapmaking workshop on July 20th sponsored by Green Umbrella.  We learned about the DistrictR software that can be used to draw district maps or community maps.  Due to an Ohio constitutional amendment there are new procedures for drawing congressional districts.  The new districts will be in effect until 2030.  More information on redistricting in Ohio is located here.

Communities of Interest (known as “COIs”) are groups or neighborhoods with significant shared interests that deserve consideration by representatives. Many states have rules that indicate that COIs should be kept whole by districting plans whenever possible.

More information as well as links to draw your own maps is located on the DistrictR website linked here.  Or you may click the following links to go to your state mapping options.  Direct link to Ohio mapsDirect link to Kentucky maps.  

 

Science On Tap for July featured a Mars presentation by Andy Czaja, assistant professor in the UC Department of Geology specializing in Paleobiology, Astrobiology and Biogeochemistry.  Recent NASA exploration on Mars is at the Jezero Crater where Ingenuity and Perseverance are located.  Scientists are exploring Jezero because lakes are a great place for life to exist and be preserved.  The Ingenuity helicopter is a true marvel as scientists were not sure they could make a helicopter fly due to the atmosphere being less than 1% of the pressure on Earth. 

The Perseverance rover has a number of key missions including geologic exploration to study rocks for signs of life, preparing a “returnable cache” of up to 40 samples and blanks, and making progress towards future human exploration of Mars.  Future Mars missions will send rockets that would be able to return samples back to Earth for more complex testing than is possible on the Red Planet.

 

Trivia Question:  How long has the surface of Mars been without water?

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

All event information can be found on COR website or Meetup Calendar.
 

  • Thursday, August 12th at 7pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Conversation Practice

  • Saturday, August 14th at 11am - Field Trippin': Secret Cincinnati-Venthaven Ventriloquist Museum

  • Wednesday, August 18th at 6:30pm - Science On Tap - August - Snakeism: An introduction to snakes

  • Saturday, August 21st at 10am - The Wellness Experience: Health and Wellness Festival

  • Tuesday, August 24th at 6:30pm - Curious Brains: Fossils of Northern Kentucky

  • Wednesday, August 25th at 6:30pm - The Legal Fight for Nazi-Era Art

  • Thursday, August 26th at 6:30pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Introductory Class

  • Saturday, August 28th at 1pm - Explore the World of Veganism: Cincy Vegfest

  • Saturday, September 4th starting at 3:30pm - Let's Get Colorful! COR Tie-Dye Party

  • Saturday, September 19th starting at 11:30am - Annual COR Community Cookout

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!
  • Be sure to check our calendar regularly for opportunities to participate in advocacy and activism events!

  • The US Congress, Ohio Legislature, and Kentucky Legislature are not currently in session. 

  • Municipal councils are still meeting! The city of Mason is discussing an abortion ban! Join COR as we support Planned Parenthood to challenge this overreach!

  • Fairness Ordinances: We are working on a few different local nondiscrimination ordinances.

 
RECENT COR HIGHLIGHTS
 
Board member Bob Hermann, President Jen Scott, and COR member Sarah Fenske at the Crossroads Church protest in July. 
The church was under fire for hosting a guest speaker
whose speech contained anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.
Heathens in Nature at South 80 Park in Mariemont. 
Sarah Fenske, Dianne, Desiree Willis, Robin Dickman,
Carol Ann Newsome, Nina Dusa and Dan Dusa
plus many four-legged friends were among the hikers. 
We can neither confirm nor deny if Bigfoot was sighted that day.
 
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