Monday, August 04, 2014

FreeOK Schedule

Tulsa's premier freethought event takes place this weekend at the downtown convention center. Tickets are $25 per day (Saturday and Sunday), or $40 for a two-day pass.

Here is the speaker schedule for the convention. Each presentation will last 45 minutes. There will be a 15 minute intermission between each presentation. We ask that attendees be seated promptly by the designated start time out of respect for each speaker. Concessions will be available immediately outside of the convention hall. The workshop with Fred Edwords will be held Sunday concurrent with the speaking engagements, so plan accordingly!

* Schedule is tentative and subject to change as details are finalized and additional features become available.


9:00 – 9:45 Jamila Bey

10:00 – 10:45 Sarah Morehead

11:00 – 11:45 David McAfee

12 noon – 1:30 Break for Lunch

1:30 – 2:15 CJ Werleman

2:30 – 3:15 Steve Wells

3:30 – 4:15 Nate Phelps

4:30 – 6:30 Break for Dinner

6:30 – 8:30 Dave Goodrich and ‘Chasing Ice’ screening


10:00 – 10:45 Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

11:00 – 11:45 Conor Robinson

12 noon – 1:00 Kelly Damerow

*10:00AM-1:00 PM Fred Edwords (Coalition of Reason) Workshop

*1:00 PM Book signings from our featured speakers will be held in the lobby following the convention.

Friday, May 02, 2014

May calendar

May 2014 Calendar of Events

Sun., May 4, 10:00 am

Humanist Breakfast at Restoration, COTR, 1314 N. Greenwood Ave.

Sat., May 4, 11:00 am

Humanist Sunday at COTR, Speaker: Dan Nerren, American Civil War, part 2

Sun., May 11, 12:30 pm

Restoration Drummers at COTR

Sat., May 17, 2:00 pm

Humanist Chapter meets at Schusterman-Benson Library, 3333 E. 32nd St.

Sun., May 18, 12:30 pm

Progressive Book Club, COTR, Chapter 17 of Zinn’s People’s History

Sat., Jan. 22, 11:30 am

Food and Fellowship at Cardigan’s, 6000 S. Lewis

Sun., Jan. 23, 12:30 pm

Restoration Writers, COTR


Questions? Call Dan Nerren, 918-798-3629

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.