No Longer Quivering with Special Guest Vyckie Garrison

Vyckie Garrison with present a special program for HFCF on Friday, April 15, 2016, 6 p.m., at the YWCA Bridge Center, 127-40 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC. The program is free and open to the public. You are invited to bring light snacks to share.

Please RSVP at the HFCF Meetup.com site, by clicking here. (You will need to create a free Meetup.com account and join the HFCF group on Meetup to respond.)

You can also find this event on the HFCF Facebook page.

Vyckie was once a prominent member of the Quiverfull community, a rapidly growing Christian fundamentalist movement that bans birth control and encourages huge, “Biblical families” such as the Duggar Family of TLCs 19 and Counting fame.

VyckieProfileGarrison edited and published a Christian “pro-life, pro-family” newspaper for 16+ years in northeast Nebraska while home-churching, home birthing, and home schooling seven children. She made waves when she left the Quiverfull movement, divorced her husband, and began speaking out against the lifestyle.

Vyckie has appeared on Al Jezeera, CNN Tonight, Inside Edition, The Joy Behar Show, The Secret Lives of Women, The Story with Dick Gordon, as well as numerous podcasts and radio programs including Thom Hartmann, The Friendly Atheist, The Thinking Atheist, Living After Faith and Godless Bitches.

Garrison is The American Atheist Association’s current Atheist of the Year.

She is a well-respected adversary of Biblical patriarchy and the damages that it can inflict. She started the blog “No Longer Quivering” to provide support to women and children who are escaping abusive religious movements and to provide the public with accurate and compassionate information on the unique challenges faced by the spiritually abused.

John Loftus Lecture: The Outsider Test for Faith

Outsider Test of Faith

Join John Loftus and fellow Humanists at UNCW, Cameron Room 210, for a thoughtful lecture and discussion about faith and atheism on Thursday, March 17th at 7pm.

The lecture will be based on Loftus’ book, The Outsider Test for Faith, available at Amazon.

RSVP on Meetup.com

The lecture will be preceded by a debate on Wednesday, March 16th between Wallace Marshall, Christian apologist and director of Reasonable Faith Charleston and John Loftus, former Christian turned Atheist who has written many books about his beliefs. There will be a time of Q/A afterwards. The event is free and open to the public. Ratio, UNCW Skeptics and Faculty Commons are excited to host this event.

Active in Wilmington: Building Community through Social Action

Providing community for non-believers through secular social functions and neighborhood-centered social action opportunities is a key mandate of Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear.

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“HFCF social activities provide secular people with the sense of community and belonging typically associated with having a ‘church family,'” says Amber Taggert, HFCF Social Action committee member. “We try to build a safe inclusive atmosphere for secular persons in the Wilmington NC area.”

The HFCF Social Action Committee has filled the early 2016 calendar with a variety of opportunities for members to get involved and give back to the community:

March 29 – 5th Tues Mother Hubbard Food Pantry
April TBD – First Lego League (5th grade Freeman Elementary School)
April 8-10 – Azalea Festival
April 23, Saturday – Wilmington Earth Day Festival
April 23, Saturday – Work on Wilmington
May 5 – Day of Reason day sponsorship on WHQR
May 31 – 5th Tues Mother Hubbard Food Pantry
June tba – Secular Coalition North Carolina Lobby Day
August 30 – 5th Tues Mother Hubbard Food Pantry
Nov. 29 – 5th Tues Mother Hubbard Food Pantry

“We are very active in the community – with various volunteer activities – not just in accordance with a Humanist lifestance, but also to do our part in reversing the stigmas associated with being secular,” Amber points out. “Community outreach and public education projects allow us to demonstrate that people can still be good, without god.”

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Humanist Reflection on the New Year

Michael Werner, President of the Board of Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear, shared his thoughts for the New Year at the HFCF Winter Solstice Dinner in December.

WINTER SOLSTICE DINNER INVOCATION – December 20th, 2015

As members of the Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear, let us reflect for a moment on our lives here.

This season reminds us that in times past, people were afraid that the sun would disappear forever and during the Winter Solstice they would perform various ceremonies to bring the sun back.

humanist winter solstice

This season reminds us that even in the bleakest winter, the warming spring will return and with it renewal of the earth and ourselves.

This season reminds us we all go through our own winters and it is the love that is shared that supports us. This season reminds us that friends, family and the community we share, contain all the real values, joys, and meaning we need.

We don’t need presents, just each other’s presence. This season reminds us to celebrate this time, this place, right now in this world which is all there is and is enough to fill our hearts with joy.

We are thankful for our lives.

Support HFCF with the 2016 Attractions Dining & Value Guide!

Great news! Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear is now selling the 2016 Attractions Dining and Value Guide as a fundraiser for HFCF’s local community social action projects.

Make a virtual “date” to buy your copy from HFCF this year!

If you are one of the few who have never used the Attractions book, this is a value you don’t want to miss. The book pays for itself with just two visits to local restaurants — not to mention the coupons in the back for Michael’s, Stein Mart, Shoe Carnival, Old Navy, Party City, Carolina Beach Animal Hospital, Ace Hardware, Omega Sports, Midas Oil Changes and Learning Express Toys, to name a few. The coupons are good starting right now all the way through 2016.

0a0a2f9abfdcdaed71c20cde594ffb28For the $25 cost of the Attractions book you can save hundreds of dollars on goods and services! And they make great gifts for friends and relatives.

You can buy the Attractions book at any HFCF meeting or event through Oct. 31 with check or cash, or you can order online by clicking the link below and then picking up your book at the Sept. 13 or Oct. 11 monthly meetings.

The HFCF goal is to sell 50 books, which gives us a profit of $500! Ask any Board member how you can help meet this goal or send us an email at hfcf@capefearhumanists.org.

Order your Attractions book online to support HFCF

Program: “Religion and Medicine: How Faith Intersects with Medical Care”

Edward Taylor, M.D., will present the talk “Religion and Medicine: How Faith Intersects with Medical Care,” September 13, 6pm, at the General Membership meeting of Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear. The program, to be held at the YWCA Bridge Center, 127-40 S. College Rd, Wilmington, NC, is free and open to the public.

Spiritual Health

Edward Taylor, M.D., for over three decades, has had a special interest in the intersection of religious beliefs and illness as well as the impact of those beliefs on the delivery of health care.

Dr. Taylor is on the faculty at UNC School of Medicine – Chapel Hill and at New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he teaches young physicians and medical students. Dr. Taylor, a hospitalist and internist, received his MD from Hahnemann University, PA and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania.

RSVP for the event on Meetup.com or Facebook.

What It Means to be a Chapter of AHA

Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear is a chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA), which is a nonprofit organization that “advocates progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists and freethinkers.” There are chapters and affiliate groups of the AHA around the country, and ten of these are in North Carolina. As a chapter of AHA, HFCF maintains a close level of relationship of AHA and is in substantial agreement with the AHA’s policies, goals and mission. aha logo Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear (HFCF) encourages members to become effective community-centered humanist activists. Our goal is to be “a grassroots community that can work as activists, think as intellectuals and live as friends [with] real potential to move us toward a humanistic future.” We applaud members who let elected officials know their views, especially in support of secular government, and speak up in support of humanist values through advocacy, involvement, making our voices heard – write a letter to a politician, contribute to editorial columns, attend political events and become a participant in local action groups. The AHA has great tips on leveraging your power as a community activist. HFCF spearheads local social action with a Humanist perspective, champions thoughtful intellectual discourse through meetings and discussion groups, and organizes community-building social events. We encourage our members to also become annual members of the AHA. Your $45 annual AHA dues gets you access to great information about Humanism, supports grassroots humanist advocacy in Washington and around the nation, upholds legal advocacy in defense of the First Amendment and humanists’ rights, advances humanist education and scholarship and increases humanist visibility through national advertising and online communications. You will also receive the AHA newsletter, and American Humanist magazine.

Get Involved: HFCF Board Adopts Committee Structure

The HFCF has adopted a formal committee structure to facilitate involvement from its many members. Committees will initially be headed by board and staffed with volunteers from the among the almost 100 dues-paying HFCF members. The committees include: Social Action/Community Involvement, Social Activities, Programs, Publicity and Bylaws. See the list of committees and committee responsibilities here. If you would like to participate in a committee, or have a great idea for HFCF programs, activities or anything else, watch for the committee sign-up sheet at the next monthly meeting.