A chapter of the American Humanist Association and The Alliance of Secular Humanist Societies.

December 2001 Volume 3,  No. 9




Next Meeting

This month's meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, at the Westside UU Church, 6901 McCart. The guest speaker will be Linda Foley of Peace Action. See below for details.


Last month

The Rev. Lillie Henley, minister of Westside UU, spoke to our group about the tradition of Humanism within the Unitarian Universalist church. Yours truly was not present (I was tied up drafting some military strategy for the Northern Alliance) and could not attend, but word on the street is that her talk was fascinating and well-received. Thanks to all who attended!



And the contraband played on (continued)

Remember that guy in jail who we kept trying to send the magazines to? And how the magazines kept getting refused by the prison? Well, he finally got them. It only took three tries -- not bad for a bureaucracy. Thanks to Russell Elleven for keeping at this, and also to Pam Hughes, who offered some wise advice as an "insider". (She was a bookseller -- NOT an inmate).



I'm only gonna say this one more time . . .

Here's your last reminder to be sure and check out the Winter Solstice Bash. It's set for Sunday, December 16, at Dick Hogan's barn in Weatherford. If you want to attend -- or want to know who else will be attending -- you can post a message on this site. And if you need more details on the party, check out We encourage everyone to attend -- it should be a hell of a good time.



"Humanists, party of 17"

And while we're doing reminders, don't forget that everyone is welcome to join us for dinner before the meeting. This month, we'll be meeting at King Tut, on the corner of 1512 W. Magnolia (near 8th Street). We'll be sitting down at 5:30. In addition to enjoying the distinguished company of our erudite officers, you can also chat with our guest speaker for the night. Which brings us another point . . .



She doves me, she doves me not

"United we stand," right? Well, not exactly -- turns out some people have some very different ideas about the war . . . including this month's guest speaker. Linda Foley is the current chair of Peace Action in Tarrant County, and she will join us to talk about her group's beliefs and previous activities, which have included protesting nuclear proliferation. She also will discuss the group's stand on the "War to End Terrorism." This should be a great presentation, more stimulating than a Pavlovian experiment -- we hope you won't miss it.



Coming in January

Earl Martin, associate professor of law at Texas Wesleyan University, will be speaking about the separation of church and state. Stay tuned!



Word of mouth

Speaking of speakers, we're always on the prowl for potential candidates. If you have an idea for someone who might make an interesting speaker for the group, be sure to let me know . . . for that matter, we'll also entertain requests for specific topics to be addressed. Just let us know, and we'll do what we can (sorry, no mime acts will be permitted).



Just for fun

A man is struck by a bus on a busy street in the city. As a crowd of spectators gather around, he lies there, gasping. "A priest. Somebody get me a priest!" he cries.


A policeman checks the crowd - no priest, no minister, no man of God of any kind. "A PRIEST, PLEASE!" the dying man says again.


Then out of the crowd steps a little old man of at least eighty years of age. "Mr. Policeman," says the man, "I'm not a priest. I'm not even a Catholic. But for fifty years now I'm living behind St. Mary's Catholic Church on Third Avenue, and every night I'm listening to the Catholic litany. Maybe I can be of some comfort to this man." The policeman agreed and brought the octogenarian over to where the dying man lay.


The old man knelt down, and leaned over the injured soul. Then, in his most solemn voice, he began to speak:


"Under the B, 7 . . . Under the I, 19. . . . Under the N, 38 . . . Under the G . . . "



Hope to see you Wednesday,






How to reach us


Jeff Rodriguez, Chairman



Mike Haney, Vice Chairman


Bruce Berggren, Treasurer