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September 19, 2004

Report, by attendees, on the
2004 AHA Conference

This was a panel of HAGSA members who were at the 2004 Conference of the American Humanist Association, which was held in Las Vegas, NV, last May. They were Cleo Kocol, Mynga Futrell, Paul Geisert and Beverly Church. President Bill Potts moderated the panel.

Cleo began with a report on the Feminist Caucus. She gave some of the history of the Caucus, mentioning that she herself had started the Humanist Heroine awards. Cleo proposed that HAGSA buy a $25 membership in the Feminist Caucus. Mynga reported that she attended several workshops. Some were quite good but others were poor. She also noticed the poor representation of younger people at the conference. Paul thought the conference was quite well organized. However, he thought the workshop on setting up programs for young people was a disaster. Beverly reported on the seminar on the Grassroots Manual, which was presented by the Chapter Assembly. She described the manual as a work in progress that should be of great use to chapters—both now and as it develops further. Beverly reported that she has been nominated for the Executive Committee of the Chapter Assembly.

At the conclusion of the presentations, Bill Potts ran a videotape he made of the keynote speech given at the AHA conference by the Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Lynn detailed the deliberate, persistent and often under-reported efforts of the current administration to undermine traditional church-state separation in America.  

Report prepared by Wayne Luney, Recorder


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