Friday, February 21, 2014

Humanist Invocation at Tulsa City Council meeting Feb. 20

This evening I would like to recognize two men who are regarded as heroes of humankind. Just last week we celebrated the 205th anniversary of their birth. They were both born on the same day: February 12. One was an American; the other was British.

The American to whom I refer is Abraham Lincoln. From humble beginnings, he rose to become the 16th president of the United States. He was also our commander in chief during that great trauma: the American Civil War. Because of his diligence in securing passage of the 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, he is also known as the Great Emancipator.

Also born on February 12, in England, was Charles Darwin. It was Darwin who first gave us an understanding of our biological origins. For years people had speculated about the concept of evolution for it was not a new idea. But it was Darwin who amassed the data during his five-year long voyage on the Beagle to South America which provided the evidence for his thesis of biological evolution.

First published in 1859, The Origin of Species sold out on its first day. Regarded as a threat by the clergy of his day, the idea of evolution through natural selection has prevailed unto this day. It was an idea whose time had come, as the idea had been independently derived by a contemporary of Darwin’s, Alfred Russell Wallace. By giving us an understanding of how we came to be, Darwin can also be thought of as a Great Emancipator.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Notes from today's Humanist meeting

The February HAT meeting was held February, 15, 2014 at Schusterman-Benson Library starting at 2:30 pm. Present were the following: John L., Jan N., Barbara F., Marilyn C., Kathy W., and Dan N.

At the beginning of meetings we provide a time for those in attendance to read from a text that they have found meaningful. Today no one had anything they wished to read.

The Treasurer was not in attendance today; therefore, there was no treasurer’s report.

The Secretary reported that the dues-paying membership stood at two people. Kathy spoke up and said she had paid her dues. I noted the correction, revising the membership total to three.

Next, Kathy W. spoke about the needs of DVIS, Domestic Violence Intervention Services. There was talk about making a contribution to this worthy organization. There was no quorum at today’s meeting, therefore, no action was taken. One thing that became clear at this meeting was the need to revise the bylaws. In the past we have had larger membership numbers. With a declining membership, we need to revise our minimum requirement for the number of members present to conduct business.

Next, we heard from the Church of the Restoration liaison. I noted that I spoke at the February Humanist Sunday at COTR. The weather was bad that Sunday as it had been for the Humanist Sunday in January. The Progressive Book Group will meet on February 16, at approximately 12:30 pm at Restoration. We will discuss chapter 15 of Zinn’s People’s History. On the Fourth Sunday a group we call “Restoration Writers” will meet to write letters to influential people on a variety of issues.

This coming Thursday, Feb. 20, I will deliver a humanist invocation before the Tulsa City Council.

Next, I opened the meeting up for observations from those present. I read an article from that day’s Tulsa World about a young man who sings Christian songs at Tulsa Hills Shopping Center at or around the businesses of Ross Department Store and Marshall’s Department Store. I said if anyone would join me, I would be willing to sing freethought songs there as well. This offer still stands. Please contact me if you would like to sing freethought songs at Tulsa Hills Shopping Center. Call me at 918-798-3629.

It seems that some of those who are against women having the right to an abortion are calling on a boycott of Girl Scouts cookies. For our March meeting, we are asking our members to bring Girl Scout cookies as refreshments.

I had planned to play a 30-minute lecture on CD titled “That Powerful Glow of Warm Familiarity” and propose the start of the “Humanism Is For Humans” campaign, but I decided to put it off until next month.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

December 2013 Calendar

Humanist Association of Tulsa
December 2013 Calendar Sun., Dec. 1, 11:00 am Humanist Sunday at Church of the Restoration (COTR), 1314 N. Greenwood. Speaker: Dan Nerren; Potluck meal to follow service Sun., Dec. 15, 12:30 pm Progressive Book Group; COTR; read Zinn’s People’s History, chapter 13: “The Socialist Challenge” Sat., Dec. 21, 2:00 pm Humanist chapter meeting, Schusterman-Benson Library, 3333 E. 32nd St. Sat., Dec. 28, 11:30 am Food and Fellowship at La Hacienda, on Peoria near 45th















Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Calendar for September 2013

September 2013 Calendar -- Humanist Association of Tulsa

Sun., Sept. 1, 11:00 am
Humanist Sunday at Church of the Restoration (COTR), 1314 N. Greenwood; Speaker: Dan Nerren on “Black Life After the Civil War”

Sat., Sept. 7, 7:00 pm
Movie Night at the Bradleys

Sun., Sept 8, 12:45 pm
Restoration Drum Group, COTR

Sun., Sept. 15, 12:45 pm
Progressive Book Group, COTR; We will view the second half of You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

Sat., Sept. 21, 2:00 pm
HAT chapter meeting

Sat., Sept., 28, 11:30 am
Food and Fellowship at La Hacienda, on Peoria near 45th

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Minutes for Jan 2013 HAT meeting

The January 2013 HAT meeting was held on January 19 at 2:00 pm at the Genealogy Center, 2901 S. Harvard. Nine people were in attendance. HAT President Marilyn Clarke presided over the meeting.


We began with a discussion of book publishing. New member Patricia Highby inquired of the group regarding a book she has written titled God is Not Green: The Scary Story of Christian Systematic Theology. She is looking for a publisher. Several people recommended that she self-publish the book. The book is available on the Internet. Search for “god is not green highby.”

Marilyn expressed her desire that we work with other groups with similar goals to ours. She also suggested that we tell the group about other activities we are involved in advance the progressive agenda.

Bill recommended that we watch Rachel Maddow on MS-NBC. Pat Highby spoke about the difference between theology and Bible study.

Larry Roth told us about the upcoming visit from Dr. Stan Rice of Southeast Oklahoma State University. Dr. Rice will speak at our February meeting. He will be dressed as Charles Darwin and deliver an address titled “Confessions of an Oklahoma Evolutionist: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”

Our chapter has received an invitation to provide an opening invocation for the Tulsa City Council meeting sometime in 2013. I gave the invocation last August and am willing to do so again; however, it think it would be nice to show that women are a part of our chapter. I am hoping that a female will volunteer to deliver the invocation.



Saturday, December 15, 2012

Today's HAT Meeting

The December meeting of the Humanist Association of Tulsa was called to order at 2:00 pm on December 15, 2012. There were seven people (six members and one guest) in attendance. Since our president, Marilyn Clarke, had another obligation today, I chaired the meeting.

Winner of the door prize (a flashlight) was Patricia Highby. Patricia was a guest today, having moved to Tulsa recently from Colorado.

The meeting began with readings, poetic or otherwise. I read a poem with the title of “Amo, Amas” written by John O’Keefe.

The treasurer’s report came next. Treasurer Larry Roth reported we had some $1,200+ in the treasury. As secretary, I reported we currently have a dues-paying membership of 15. I mentioned, that with the exception of September, all the slots for Humanist Sunday in 2012 were filled. Anyone wishing to speak in September 2013 should contact me.

I spoke about the relationship of HAT and COTR (Church of the Restoration). I mentioned that not one member of COTR had become a dues-paying member of HAT in 2012. The hoped for use of the facility as a “hang-out” for HAT never caught on. We currently pay COTR a monthly fee of $25 to use the building. Starting in January 2013, we will most likely revert to paying the $25 per use fee. No official action could be approved today since we lacked a quorum by one vote. The voting on the matter was deferred to the January meeting.

Larry Roth said that Dr. Stan Rice of Southeast Oklahoma State University in Durant would be traveling to Tulsa to perform in costume as Charles Darwin. The will take place on February 16 next year. This will be our Darwin Day program. There was some discussion about whether the meeting room at the Genealogy Center will be large enough to seat all who come to see Dr. Rice.

Bill Dusenberry would like to have a get-together on December 21 (Solstice Day) at some restaurant to celebrate the day, if there is enough interest in doing this. I will be polling my contact list to see who is interested.

If you were at today’s meeting, you may add your own reflections in the comment area.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Marilyn Clarke to lead Tulsa Humanists in 2013


The November HAT meeting was called to order by Larry Roth shortly after 2 pm on November 17, 2012 at the Genealogy Center, 2901 S Harvard Ave. Seven members were in attendance: Marilyn Clarke, Larry Hochhaus, Richard Maule, Dan Nerren, Larry Roth, Glenn Visher, and one other member who wishes to remain anonymous.

Larry had prepared an agenda. After calling the meeting to order, Larry moved on to item 2: reading, quotes, and quips. I read “Silver Jack,” an anonymous poem written more than a hundred years ago.

Larry told us about plans to bring Stanley Rice to Tulsa in February for Darwin Day. Dr. Rice teaches at Southeast Oklahoma State University in Durant. He has several videos on YouTube. We anticipate having a large group when Dr. Rice gives his presentation as Charles Darwin.

I mentioned that the next Food and Fellowship would be held at Cardigan’s, 6000 S. Lewis, on Saturday, November 24, at 11:30 am. The next meeting of the Progressive Book Group and the Oklahoma Observer Discussion Group will be held in January 2013. Members will be notified by e-mail once the dates are set for these meetings.

We talked about filling the officer positions for 2013. We settled upon this arrangement:

Marilyn Clarke, President

Dan Nerren, Vice-President

Dan Nerren, Secretary

Larry Roth, Treasurer

Marilyn Clarke, Program Director

Next, Richard Maule gave a presentation on a Tulsa Library program called Great Decisions. (GD is a national program which the library is using.) HAT may want to take part in this program or even Church of the Restoration, said Richard. Already Glenn Visher is attending a GD group at All Souls Church. Richard passed around copies of a publication which is used by those taking part. The book can be purchased for around 15 to 20 dollars. An optional video can be had for $35. The book contains the materials for the eight sessions in the GD series.

The next HAT meeting will be held on December 15. Marilyn has another obligation on that date; therefore, as vice-president, I will preside at that meeting.

This has been just the highlights of the meeting. Anyone wishing to add more may do so by leaving a comment.