v "The Cowtown Humanist" v

The Newsletter of the Humanists of Ft. Worth

A Member of the American Humanist Association &

Alliance of Secular Humanist Societies


Volume 1, No. 10 webalias.com/humanism January 2000


February 2nd



Our February 2nd meeting will have Pierson Ralph of the North Texas Memorial Society coming to speak with us about, "The Ungodly Expense of Funerals!"


Pierson Ralph serves as the Executive Director of the North Texas Memorial Society. We are fortunate to have him come speak with us about this important topic..


Last Month’s Meeting


Our January meeting was well attended. We had about 20 people come and listen to Drs. Mark Spaeth and Dave

Oringderff. Both men are clinical psychologists and Wiccan ministers. They drove all the way from San Antonio to be with us!


The topic was religious freedom in the United States Army. I think our group learned a great deal and enjoyed our guest speakers.





In all likelihood our meetings will be changing from the first Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday beginning in April. A vote will be taken at the March business meeting.


This is being done to accommodate some other folks who would like to attend our meetings but have Peace Action meetings on the same scheduled evening.





Our Meetings!


WHO: Humanists of Ft. Worth

WHAT: Monthly Meeting

WHERE: First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

WHEN: February 2nd

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.



A Letter From a Friend


Dear Russell,


I am enclosing $17.00 M.O. This will bring my discount dues up to $42.00 Total $25.00 National and $17 to Cowtown Humanists. I request to be on the "inactive list". Please send me the newsletter to me monthly. I am doing fine. I explained previously I Am 75 years old and I use public transportation. I missed your speech, "Thank GAWD for Humanism!" That was a very important speech. I like humor that makes a point.


I am happy to be a humanist in the year 2000. I used to be a member of the Church of Christ. I now refer to the Church of Christ as those "damned Cambellites!" The Church of Christ doesn’t even allow piano playing…Absolutely Ridiculous. Feel free to print this in the Cowtown Humanist.


Thank GAWD for Humanism!







Humanists of Ft. Worth have two wonderful possibilities. First, we can sponsor a SMART Recovery Group. SMART Recovery benefits non-theists in abstaining from alcohol through a rational basis. It would be wonderful to have one of our members coordinate this program! For more information please contact Russell Elleven (see contact info under "Rites of Passage"). There is a great deal of information and support available for this project.


We also have the opportunity to host a local Humanist Television show on one of the area cable access channels. Again, if you are interested, please contact Russell. TOGETHER we can let the Humanist voice be heard more clearly!



How do I get to the meeting?



First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 1959 Sandy Lane between Meadowbrook drive and Brentwood Stair Road. Anyone needing assistance to the meeting should contact Russell.






Think about sharing your ideas about humanism with the readers of The Cowtown Humanist. No doubt we all have opinions we’d like to let others know about…do it in your newsletter



American Humanist Association


Humanists of Ft. Worth are encouraged to join the American Humanist Association. A special introductory membership rate of $25 is now available. The Humanist magazine and Free Mind newsletter are benefits of membership.



7 Harwood Drive

P.O. Box 1188

Amherst, NY 14226-7188

(800) 743-6646





Humanists of Ft. Worth Officers



Russell Elleven


Dennis Burke


Jeff Rodriguez







Russell Elleven is certified as a Humanist minister by the Humanist Society of Friends. He can officiate weddings, commitment ceremonies, naming ceremonies, and other life celebrating events. He is also available during periods of grief and to officiate memorial services.

817.370.2171 – hm

817.257.7870 – wk


The Humor File

If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining.



Time: 6:30 pm

Dates: 2nd Sunday of each month

Location: Westside UU Church

Leader: Dick Trice (446-3840)


This group follows the Great Books format of advance reading of a selection and discussion at the meeting. Discussion is varied and lively. Participants include Cowtown Humanist members and others from the community. Newcomer’s are welcome to "sit in" before making the commitment to purchase materials.