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Rationalists of East Tennessee Newsletter

May 2021 


First Sunday Meeting

May 2 Sunday 10:30 - 12:30 

Video conference meeting using Zoom

This will be a video presentation of "Disease Warriors" which, among other things,  addresses how scourges like smallpox and polio have effectively been eradicated except in small, backward communities. The presentation will help put the efficacy of vaccinations into historical perspective.

Bring your own coffee and snacks. 

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National Day of REASON

May 6 Thursday  4:00-6:00pm

In person meeting!

The East Tennessee Chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation is organizing a rally to support science and reason at a gathering with other freethinkers on May 6, 2021, 4-6 pm.  Everyone is invited.  Meet in the Krutch Park Extension.  Masks are required, as is social distancing.  Wear apparel that promotes the Day of Reason, if possible.


RET Day of Reason

2005, Tyson Park

RET Day of Reason

2009, Carl Cowan Park

RET Skeptic Book Club


May 9     Sunday         4:00 – 6:00 pm                    

Video conference meeting using Zoom

Good Economics for Hard Times

by Abhijit V.  Banerjee and Esther Duflo

The winners of the Nobel Prize show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day.


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May 15-16

Secular Student Alliance 2021 Virtual Conference

Members and friends of RET are invited to the FREE online Secular Student Alliance National Conference, May 15-16, 2021.  Details are available at bit.ly/SSAcon2021.

Third Sunday Meeting

May 16 Sunday 10:30 - 12:30 

Chris Highland, guest speaker

"Why I Write Secular Columns for a Religion Page"

Where is the rational voice of secularism/humanism being heard in our hyper-religious world, especially in our local communities?  Can that voice be expressed in an inclusive manner that builds bridges instead of walls?  In this talk we will hear from one secular writer whose weekly columns appear on the religion pages of a local newspaper.  He will share stories from those essays and some of the responses from readers of faith and freethought.     

Chris Highland is a freethinking humanist teacher and writer.  He was a Protestant minister and interfaith chaplain in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years serving in churches, county jails, shelters and streets.  After leaving his ministry and faith, Chris was a shelter director and housing manager.

He is the author of Simply Secular, From Faith to Freethought, Nature is Enough, Friendly Freethinker, Broken Bridges, A Freethinker’s Gospel, My Address is a River and other books. 

Chris has taught courses on Freethought in California and, since 2016, at the University of North Carolina Asheville Reuter Center and Blue Ridge Community College.  He writes the weekly “Highland Views” column for the religion pages of the Asheville Citizen-Times.  Chris and his wife, Carol Hovis, a Presbyterian minister, live in Asheville.

His blog is “Friendly Freethinker” (www.chighland.com

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Reflections Sunday Meeting

May 23 Sunday 4:30-6:00 PM

Video conference meeting using Zoom

Psychologists are now beginning to realize how powerful and helpful delusions can be in our lives.  Have you ever been in a situation with someone where a false belief was necessary for them to hold their life together?  How far from the truth was it and how did you tip toe around the issues to help him/her get on with life? 

Check this out or better yet read the book:  Book review of Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain by Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler - The Washington Post

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May 6 -- Secular Day of Reason "Mayday for Humanity" (Virtual Event)

On the National Day of Reason, the secular community chooses impactful community service and action, rather than futile prayer.

Please join us for MayDay for Humanity - an evening of entertainment with a mission to help those impacted by COVID-19. Comedians Leighann Lord and Ian Harris will co-host this 3-hour event with an array of comedians, poets, and musical performers to raise funds for homeless shelters and food banks, without religious affiliation.

Sponsored by The Freethought Society, Recovering From Religion, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Secular Student Alliance, and Secular Coalition for America

Join a host of secular organizations to celebrate The National Day of Reason with the "Mayday for Humanity" Zoom event on Thursday, May 6, 2021 beginning at 7 PM EST. Comedians Leighann Lord and Ian Harris will co-host this 3-hour event featuring comedians, poets, and musical performers. The National Day of Reason is the non-religious answer to the National Day of Prayer. As the religious community prays, nontheist communities across the country roll up their sleeves and get to work in support of the 2021 Secular Week of Action (April 30 - May 9). The Mayday for Humanity event provides the opportunity to participate virtually by collecting online donations to benefit shelters and food banks that serve communities in a non-discriminatory and secular manner and includes an online auction. 

Register for the Zoom event at: bit.ly/Join4Humanity 

Pre-event donations can be made at: bit.ly/MAYDAY4HUMANITY


Howard Edward Box, 94, died April 15, 2021.

Howard Box was an active participant in many RET events and a frequent speaker at our meetings.  He was a long-time minister at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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