We pool the donations from our members and give the total to a local charitable organization. For July through September 2016, the SHL is collecting donations for Birthdays for All. Please help us make a generous donation to this deserving charity.
Although some board members shared their dislike of the new policy with the Post and Courier, the board has replaced the prayer that used to begin their meetings with a moment of silence "[s]o each of us can reflect on our own faith and its place in our work here this evening".
In a very nicely (and carefully) worded statement, a judge has determined that an inmate's request for dispensation to obey the teachings of the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" is not constitutionally justified. In particular, though he acknowledges that many of us would contend that the religious texts of accepted religions are works of fiction like the foundational documents of Pastafarianism, the judge concluded that the latter is obviously only a parody of religion and that sincerity of belief, not truth, is the deciding factor in this situation.
An interesting article from NPR about this Church/State controversy in the Tennessee legislature includes great quotes like:
"My constituents tell me that they want us to respect the diversity of faith traditions in the state of Tennessee, not just a single view or a single religious tradition," Harris said. "And I think they're right about the diversity of faith traditions in our state. One in five Tennesseans are not Christians. This group includes Tennesseans that are Jewish, Buddhist, and also those that do not identify with a religion."
Amazon Associates Program
Because we are affiated with the Amazon Associates program, our organization earns up to a 15% commission on any items purchased at Amazon.com through the links on our Website. So, if you were going to be buying anything at all from them, this is a super-easy way to contribute to SHL! Here are two ways you can do it:
Book Group Reading Selection: For their July 24, 2016 meeting, the SHL Book Group will be reading the book in the box at the right. Click here for more information about the Book Group or click here to see a list of previous book group selections. (BTW If you purchase a book through this Amazon.com link, SHL will receive up to a 15% "kickback"!)
Use this "search box" to find any item in the Amazon.com catalog and SHL earns money if you buy it: