|SHL at Flowertown Festival 2014|
The following e-mail announcement was sent by Amy Monsky to the SHL News and Updates mailing list:
SHL is excited to once again be a part of the Flowertown Festival in Summerville this year!
This as an excellent opportunity to let other like-minded people in the area know that not only are they not alone, but that Charleston is home to one of the most active and vibrant humanist communities in the region.
We hope to help remove the stigma of the negative stereotype traditionally associated with atheists and atheism by demonstrating that we, as humanists, atheists, agnostics, and others, are normal, happy, ethical, and productive citizens, just like they are. We want to show that we are not monsters!
We can do this by presenting a positive image of ourselves, by sharing what we DO believe in, by showing that we have an identity of our own (as opposed to merely a reaction to religion), but, most importantly, by just being there.
This is where you come in!
We need people to represent the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry by volunteering to staff our booth. If you're not able to volunteer, please show your support by stopping by to say hi! We have the same booth (M260) as last year, which is across from the children's activities.
By showing up and taking our place, we send a clear message that we exist and that we are a significant demographic. Humanism embraces the philosophy that we are responsible for making the world a better place for everyone. Each of us can embrace humanism by putting the "human" in it. Let's put a smiling face with the name! Please consider coming out, both literally and metaphorically, at the festival.
The festival runs Friday, 4/4, through Sunday, 4/6. We have broken the weekend down into 4-hour shifts. Several people have already contacted me about volunteering, but we cannot have to many people to represent our organization, so please look them over and let us know which shift(s) you are interested in by replying to this email by Thursday evening.
Friday and Saturday: 8-noon, 11-3pm, 2-6pm
Sunday: 8-noon, 11-3pm, 2-5pm
We could also use some able-bodied people to help set up the tent on Thursday as well as break it down on Sunday.
So many people are waiting to see what we have to say and what we have to offer! Thank you for being a part of what makes SHL and our region great!
President, Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry
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