If you want to walk in the Pride Parade with us on June 6, you need to sign the electronic parade waiver by May 15 (please sign even if you aren’t sure that you’ll make it).
Recently the debate over the Lord’s Prayer in Taber schools has been heating up again, and a lady named Glenda was interviewed for the Lethbridge Herald. We would like to make it abundantly clear that the Society of Edmonton Atheists is neither pursuing legal action nor are we directly involved with the Dr Hammans equality group as the article leads readers to believe. While a great many of our members support the removal of religion from the school system in Alberta, this is not something that the SEA is directly advocating at present.
If you have any further questions regarding our stance on this issue you can contact us at email@example.com
Luke Fevin, a Director with the SEA was part of a panel on Alberta Primetime this week
And and editorial in the Taber Times comments on the Lord’s Prayer in schools.
Following up with recent discussions regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling against Saguenay, Quebec city council (who opened with the Lord’s Prayer), Luke Fevin was part of a discussion this morning on Edmonton AM (CBC Radio).
The Alberta provincial election is on Tuesday, May 5 – get out and vote!
You may have noticed that our usual roundtable event would also be on May 5, we will be moving it to another day, so that all our SEA volunteers can get to the ballots, and our members don’t have to choose one or the other.
The SEA does not support a particular political party; we mostly want you to go and vote, and for you to make an informed choice based on what you value when you cast your ballot. To help with that, here are some resources.
- Elections Alberta: How to make sure you’re on the List of Electors, where to find your polling station, and information about special ballots and advanced polls.
- VoteKit: All the basics for new voters, including video tutorials in 8 languages and opportunities to practice voting before the big day.
- Vote Compass: A questionnaire to help you determine which political party is closest to your priorities.
- Albert Politics: Possibly the best Alberta political blog, with links to candidate webpages and other opinion pieces.
A Supreme Court Ruling this week has stopped prayer in municipal courts in the Quebec town of Saguenay. You can hear Luke (one of the Society of Edmonton Atheists directors) discuss this ruling on Ryan Jesperson’s 630 ched talk show this morning.
Our Vice President Allan Bassil was also interviewed yesterday by CBC Francais, a seven minute interview cut down to a seven second soundbite, and the SEA being represented as ”militant secularists”. You can watch the video here (it would help if you can speak french!) http://ici.radio-canada.ca/widgets/mediaconsole/medianet/7273764
What are your views on this? Join our discussion on our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdmontonAtheists/
Our Annual General Meeting was last night and we had a fantastic turn out. General meetings are a requirement for us to remain a non-profit group and aren’t always the most exciting of meetings to sit through, but we did manage to squeeze in a few laughs anyway. Meh!
Our financial statements were reviewed and we had our biggest year yet with campaigns, donations and event takings. We voted and agreed to donate a sponsorship amount for the upcoming AB Secular Conference, which will have us listed as founding sponsors for the life of the conference. It’s great to see our group investing in the secular movement in the province and helping to affect change. I look forward to continually adding value to our memberships and keeping this momentum going. Our paid membership is the largest it’s ever been in SEA’s history, so we’re doing something right! Let’s keep it going!
We voted on a few new lifetime members, had discussions about what kind of things we want to do for the upcoming year and talked about regular events such as Pride Parade, solstice parties and volunteer work. Some new ideas are on the table, such as starting up an atheist parent meet up, and we will also be having regular monthly events that are family friendly over the summer/fall months. At the end of the evening we had a prize draw giveaway for up to date members. Congratulations to Brad F, the winner of the signed copy of The Thinking Atheists (Seth Andrews) book, Deconverted.
I appreciate the hard work and dedication the 2014-2015 board gave, it was a fabulous year and we had a great team of people working behind the scenes. Thank you to each of you for your committment to the SEA.
Here is your newly elected board for the 2015-2016 year:
|President||Karen Lumley Kerr|
|Recording Secretary||Kathy Dawson|
Congratulations to our new board, and thank you all for putting your trust in me again to be your fearless leader. Looking forward to another stellar year!
Karen Lumley Kerr
President, Society of Edmonton Atheists
Just a reminder that the 2015 Annual General Meeting is tonight (April 7)!
When: 7:00 pm
Parking around the University can be pricey, and public transit is probably your best bet. Less expensive parking can usually be found at the Faculty Club parking lot (the surface lot north of Windsor Car Park, 116 St), although it’s a bit of a walk to CAB. We will be headed to Sherlock Holmes just off campus afterwards, and they do have a $5 flat rate, but again, you’ll have to walk to CAB.
Just in case you were wondering, we’ve had multiple sightings of the bus ads, mostly downtown. There has been some media attention over the last week.
Bus ads promote atheist group, St. Albert Gazette