Current NewsletterThis is the Summer newsletter with a few updates added in. Several items have been removed from the schedule. We were just too swamped with it all so we had to make a few cuts. You will still find a variety of regular meetings and special events to take part in.
Welcome to the summer issue of our quarterly newsletter.
Meetings Continue Once a Month!
We will continue to meet on the last Sunday of the month, still at our afternoon time of 1 pm. All the same time with community, profound discussions, and the possibility of more speakers. All dates will be posted on Meetup.
For many of our members, Sunday school is a big part of the Sunday meetings. Jenny runs this hour of activities, readings, games, and crafts for children based on global citizenship and secular values. Although we are taking a break through July and August, it will soon be time for Sunday School again! The August work bee was held to help Jenny get ready for the fall.
Regular Blood Drives
Blood Drives are now a regular occurrence. Our next one is scheduled for August 27. We always begin with brunch and we invite anyone who would like to join us, whether they are eligible to donate or not, to come and eat. Locations, addresses, and times will all be posted on the Meetup, the Facebook page, and included in the newsletter calendar. Please do not forget to RSVP and check the meetup post for any date or time changes. For more information on Canadian Blood Services or to find out if you’re eligible, you can visit their website https://www.blood.ca/en or call 1-888-236-6283.
Kitchen Help at Camp fYreflyJust to give a quick update about our day at Camp fYrefly; IT WAS AMAZING! In the words of Korey Peters “I can’t think of a time in the last few years where I’ve spent a more meaningful day.” This is definitely something we will try to be involved with next year, so make sure to check back for updates.
Family BarbecueOne of our favorite church events, the Family Barbecue, is scheduled for August 7 this summer. We’ve reserved a picnic spot at Bowness Park for this day starting at 11:00 am. Come on out and be prepared to stay the better part of the afternoon to eat, play games, socialize, and relax. Please sign up on the meetup to bring a potluck item or other supplies. Danita always does a fantastic job of making sure we have everything, but let’s not let all the work fall to her. Burgers, sausages, buns, drinks and the makings for s'mores will be provided, but please bring your own chair and potluck item. All these details will be on the Meetup as well.
IT WAS AWESOME AGAIN THIS YEAR!
Secular Activism Opportunity
For those of you looking to get involved in Secular Activism, A PUPIL has recently put out a call for volunteers. This is a note from Luke Fevin.
APUPIL (Albertan Parents for Unbiased Public Inclusive Learning) is a Facebook group that has existed for more than 5 years, and has a membership of around 400. It is a group specifically designed to host conversations & share information around the issues of religion in our education system in Alberta - but also to connect activists.
The key issues for APUPIL are the Separate Catholic school system, school led recitation of The Lord's Prayer, religious orgs teaching Sex-Ed, Gideon Bible distribution, hidden faith programs such as Operation Xmas Child and religious Public schools and the discrimination in admission, hiring and employment contract demands.
Further, we take issue with Human Rights infringements in all school systems that receive public funds.
APUPIL has assisted in the removal of the prayer, Gideon Bible distribution and evangelical Christian groups teaching abstinence based Sex-Ed in a number of schools and districts - although there are many more remaining. We have been fairly successful in keeping the conversation in the public sphere with quite a few radio & TV interviews over the past few years.
In this coming year we will see a reorganization of how secular issues are managed in Alberta.
We will be forming two legal societies. One will focus exclusively on the disestablishment of the Separate school system. This will allow people of faith to participate in this movement without their personal beliefs coming under attack, or feeling that they are part of a growing anti-religious or secular movement. The second will be a secular activism group that will take over from APUPIL in all other education issues, but will expand its scope to include non-educational issues such as religion in our healthcare system. Both will be legal entities, with full fundraising and activism capabilities.
There is nothing substantive that I ask of anyone today, simply that they join APUPIL on Facebook if so motivated to keep themselves informed and ready for when these organizations come on line.
If anybody has, or knows of anybody that has issues, specifically in the area of religion and/or rights in the Alberta school system I invite them to contact me directly through firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook messaging. Thank you so much for your interest and support.
Luke Fevin: email@example.com
Alberta Secular ConferenceFor the second year in a row, the Society of Edmonton Atheists is holding a Secular Conference in Alberta. This year’s conference will be in Edmonton on October 15th and 16th. As a means of increasing visibility, we’ve decided to have an official presence at this year’s event. We’ve been in contact with the organizers and are still waiting to hear back about the cost of renting a table. Admission to the conference is $155 per person until July 31, and includes lunch on both days. We’d like to see a few people commit to this weekend with us so that we can take turns running the table and we can all enjoy the conference. Shared accommodations can be arranged between those of us attending closer to the fall. Please visit the Meetup to RSVP and for the link to purchase tickets.
(see the meetup posts for the most current information)
August 7 Church Picnic in Bowness Park
August 9 Pub Night at Kilkenny Irish Pub
August 13 Sunday School Preparation Bee
August 27 Blood Drive in Downtown Calgary
September 13 Pub Night at Kilkenny Irish Pub
September 25 Sunday Meeting
October 11 Pub Night at Kilkenny Irish Pub
October 15 and 16 Alberta Secular Conference in Edmonton
October 30 Sunday Meeting
This is only a portion of what we have been working on behind the scenes in the past couple of months. The Calgary Secular Church planning team is made up of Korey, Maria, Jenny, Richelle, Robert, Siona, Mike, and Danita. If you would like to help out, please let one of us know or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re excited to roll out these new changes and activities and we hope that you feel we’re better meeting your needs in this way.
If there is anything you feel should be added to the newsletter, please feel free to email Maria at email@example.com. In the meantime, take care and we’ll see you at church.