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Friday at the Assembly

Saturday, June 22, 2019 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

As always, Friday was a busy day at the Assembly.

After the State of the Ethical Union presented by Bart Worden, I presented an afternoon workshop on How Democracy is Practiced in Ethical Societies.

Afterwords, I went to a workshop on Engaging Your Group - and You - in Electoral Politics.  It was presented by Ron Millar (Center for Freethought Equality), Sarah Levin (Secular Coalition for America), David Williamson (Central Florida Freethought Community), and Florida State Representative Jennifer Webb.

Some of my take-aways from this workshop:

  • Many State Legislatures have Secular Caucuses, work with them
  • Ethics and Religion are not synonyms (I knew that)
  • Promote secular values of Freedom, Inclusion, Equality, and Knowledge
  • We need more "sustained thoughtful conversations"
  • Nobody is going to come save us - we must mobilize
  • Canvasing - Deep Canvasing is very important
  • Voter participation of non-religious is half that of evangelicals
  • Need to reinforce behavior of politicians whose ideas you support

After dinner, we were treated to the rousing music of Lindsey Wilson.


This was followed by seeing Leader-in-Training Je' Hoopers movie of his unique re-imaging of encounters between Felix Adler and W.E.B. DuBois, HUMANITAS.

A busy day.  Great events.  Great conversations.  

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