Secular Student Alliance at Texas State

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A place to see what is happening in the SSA, see what our discussions are about, and see what events we partake in.

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April 16 Meeting

Posted by [email protected] on April 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, everyone!


So I have totally been slacking, I know. School can be a bummer right around graduation, but here are a few things that anyone reading this probably needs to know!


1.  At our next meeting (two days from now), April 30, we will be having officer elections. There is a small procedure as to how that takes place. 

 

  • To run for office (President, Vice President, Treasurer) you must be at the meeting no later than 7:40.
  • You need to be a member to run (having attended some SSA meeting or event prior to this one), and also need to meet this same criteria to vote.
  • If you choose to run be prepared to give a small speech. Tell us why you want the position, why you would be good at it, why you deserve it, etc. And for some of the newer memebers, let us know how long you have been with the group and maybe a little about yourself.
  • Although this group is very laid back and we are all friends, don't be upset if you don't get what you wanted. I think that applies to most aspects of life.
  • HAVE FUN!

2. Due to having one of my graduate classes from 6:30-9:30 this upcoming fall, I will select someone to take over the website for me next semester. Depending on interest shown this may be one of the newly elected officers or may not be. Please come speak to me directly at the next meeting if you are interested!


3. In case you didn't know already, t-shirts have been ordered and we are just waiting for them to come in.


4. Brainstorm time! We as a group want to find more ways to volunteer and be a part of the community we live in. A few things have been tossed around, but if you have any ideas, bring those to the next meeting. 


5. Brainstorm time x2! Depending on who all will be sticking around/free/that sorta thing, we were also tossing around the idea of having an end of the year event for everyone to have a last little hurrah before dashing off for their summer plans. If you can think of something fun, likely cost efficient, and that you feel like most people would be down to participate in, bring those ideas to the meeting as well!


6. WE WILL BE ON THE QUAD THIS THURSDAY! This will be our last time out there for the year, so come by and maybe grab some buttons or just hang out! 


I think that is enough as far as a list goes. I hope to see all of your wonderful faces this Thursday and get to cast some votes for some amazing future officers! 


-Saber


February 19 Meeting Notes

Posted by [email protected] on February 24, 2015 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello!


Sorry for the late blog post, but here we go.


Bobcat Build is March 28. For those of you that don't know, this is a large campus wide event for all interested organizations to come together and do some community service for the city. It's usually a ton of fun and it gives you something nice to do on a Saturday! We will be having a sign up sheet at the next meeting to find out how many members are interested. If you can't make it but know you can be available that Saturday, send one of your friendly officers an email and they will make note of it for you. 


Unfortunately, due to some paperwork issues we will not be on the quad this Thursday. It is projected to be pretty chilly (around the 30s) in the morning anyways, so maybe we will all not catch the flu that day instead. Game night is still going to be in the Lair in LBJ at 7 though, so layer up!


As for the discussion, the topic was "Secularism in Families". Some things that got brought up were:

-How do two people with different belief systems maintain a happy and healthy relationship? Is that actually possible? If it is, how do you later address how to raise your children? 

-Where does your morality come from? Can you be a "good" person and instill good beliefs to your family without religion? Of course the answer is yes, but how people would go about it differs by the individual. 

-It was also said that it may even be more possible to be a moral being without religion because there is no reward or punishment for your actions. A person is being good purely for the sake of being good and being kind to their fellow mankind with no thought of it "coming back" to them later.


And that's about it for now! I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week. :)


See ya soon, 

-Saber



February 5th Meeting Notes

Posted by [email protected] on February 8, 2015 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, everyone! 


So this past meeting covered a few technical things to start. The highlights of these were:


We have a new officer! The position of Treasurer for the Spring 2015 semester is Jarrett Moehn. He is very excited to be further involved with the organization and I am sure he is going to do great things for the group. 


In other news, don't forget that Darwin's birthday is coming up on February 12th and to celebrate we will be back tabling on the quad! If you have a break between classes or are looking for something to do on campus, stop on by. We are typically located across from Evans, between Taylor Murphy and Derrick. 


As far as the involvement fair goes, it was largely a success. This past meeting brought in some new faces and we had a pretty packed meeting room. A lot of new people signed up for emails and notifications so hopefully as the weeks go on we will see more and more inquisitive individuals getting involved. 


The next meeting we will be taking sizes for t-shirts. If you want one, please try to attend. If you can't make it, please let an officer know so we can work something out for you. We do also plan to start doing bake sales again in the near future and those dates will be announced soon. 


With all of the technical things aside, we did have a brief discussion this past meeting as well. Everyone shared their stories on the misconceptions about evolution they have encountered, as well as some of their own misconceptions that they have overcame through the years and with furthering their education. People shared the discussions they have had over the age of the earth, how the geologic timescale is organized, how we coexist with primates, and many other "issues" as well. There were questions that many of the members were asking themselves, and it was largely decided that through advancement of science and further educating ourselves we all benefit. 


Well, that's about it for now. I would say we had a pretty productive meeting and the semester looks to be a very promising one for the SSA. Everyone have a great week and enjoy this beautiful weather while we have it!


See you soon, 

-Saber

Post Break Meeting and Stuff!

Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2015 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, everyone! 


So it has been a whole minute since the last post here. With winter break over and the new semester starting, the activity in the SSA is picking back up! Here's just a few things to catch everyone up to speed: 


If you missed the last meeting, these were the main points:


Darwin Day is coming up on February 12th. A Secular convention is taking place in Austin from February 27-March 1st. The group aspires to make some car pooling plans and whatnot as that date draws nearer. T-Shirts have had their design decided on and size orders will take place here in the next meeting or so. Flyers for the group are about to go out. We are going to start trying to implement some more variety in what activities take place on game nights, aaaand last but not least, OFFICER ELECTIONS. At our next meeting, February 5th, elections for a new Treasurer will take place. If you are interested in running, or hopefully at least voting, please attend that meeting! If you cannot make it for whatever reason and want your vote to be heard/etc., contact one of the current officers (Evan or Celeste) about arranging something. 


In other news, tomorrow is game night! The group will be meeting at the stallions in the quad for some fun outdoor games at 7pm. Hopefully you all can make it!


That's about it for now. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with one of us! We'd love to hear from you.


Enjoy this lovely weather,


-Saber

Turkey Meeting! (November 13):

Posted by [email protected] on November 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello, everyone!

This past week’s meeting had a few technical things to discuss considering the winding down semester. First of all, there will be a new officer for next semester. Evan is going to move up to President, Celeste to Vice President, and at the beginning of next semester we will have an election for the new Treasurer. These office positions will only be held for the spring semester and elections for all officer positions will be held either at the end of spring, or the beginning of fall for next year. I hope that paragraph wasn’t too confusing! If you have any further questions pertaining to that, feel free to get ahold of any of the current officers or myself.

As for the discussion! The topic this past week was:
Raising children in a secular household.

This discussion warranted many questions. There were a lot of “What if…” and mentions of very specific situations and circumstances. So, as some food for thought:

When is it appropriate to have the “talk” with your children? How do you tell your child you are secular without swaying them in any specific direction?

A common concern that kept coming up was that of wanting to be an open parent. Of wanting to be accepting, and wanting to let the children discover their own interests and find their own happy place with their beliefs, but also not influencing them in the same direction that they, as the parent, have already chosen. How does a parent discuss their beliefs and ideas in a completely neutral way as to not say that their way is the only way, or the right way? By not attending a church, are you swaying your children to not believe in the church?

Also, as a parent, how do you give your kids a strong community to be a part of, something many people regard as an environment for personal growth, without including religion? How does one “practice” secularism? And, even if your child comes to an age where they can say they are secular as well, they are still susceptible to being influenced by other children, being told they are wrong by other children, and being left out of groups because of their lack of beliefs. A lot of things that, being a secular parent, we may have experienced and not wish on our children as well.

One conclusion the group (overall) seemed to agree with:
As parents, we should explain ourselves in objective and factual ways. It is best to let our children explore. Let them have ideas, let them have fleeting beliefs, let them question everything, read everything, and try whatever religions or ideas they want to. We should be open-minded, accepting, and above all loving. Our children should never have to have to have a talk they dread having with us due to fear of losing our love or acceptance. We should give them the same openness and considerations many of us wish we had growing up ourselves.

Well, this was the last meeting before Thanksgiving break. I hope all of you enter food comas as much as I plan to, and hope to either see you (or meet you) soon!

-Saber

October 30 Meeting Notes:

Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello again, everyone! For those of you who were unable to attend the meeting this past Thursday, here is a little recap of what went on. 

 

Fundraising has been a success! Our baked goods have resulted in profit at each sale, more than we had even anticipated. We will continue to bake sale for the rest of this semester. If you signed up to help with baked goods and haven't been "chosen" yet expect a text from Celeste in the next coming weeks. Information on the shirts/their design/pricing will all be coming soon as well. 

 

Now, for the discussion.

Our topic this week was: Are nontheists outcasts in society? What can we do to improve the image of nontheists here and around the world?

 

This discussion warranted a lot of personal stories, personal struggles, and also some very pressing concerns and points. 

 

-Many secular students grew up in very conservative settings. These students commonly felt left out in groups back home due to not affiliating with a church and, despite wanting to hang out with friends, these secular students did not want to get involved in a religious setting they did not agree with. A church was an automatic acceptance, a group of like minded people at least to some degree. Where was one to go for that same feeling of acceptance when they did not associate themselves with religion?

 

-Small towns can quickly brainwash a nontheist into feeling like they are "wrong" and different. This is a mentality that takes years to develop, so how do you escape that once you have entered a more liberal environment? Nontheists are a minority in Texas (and most places) and that can also help the outcast mentality. 

 

-The negative connotation that nontheists have is one that has been crafted over centuries. It is not going to simply disappear overnight. We are in a time of social change though, and we have the job of setting the example we want to be seen as. We need to be open-minded, tolerant, considerate, and not ashamed of our beliefs or lack there-of. We need to be the good people that we are, be the change we want to see, and be the community to help support one another through all the struggles that may come from lacking a faith. 

 

These are just a few of the thoughts that got thrown around. If you want to continue the discussion, feel free to do so in the comments.

We hope to see you soon!

 

-Saber



Welcome to Texas State's SSA website!

Posted by [email protected] on October 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello members, future members, and inquisite minds!

 

My name is Saber Brasher, I am a senior at Texas State and, until graduation, your webmaster and blog writer.

 

Now that that's out of the way! The blog. I want to use this space to talk about current events within the group. I plan on, after each meeting, giving a brief summary of our discussions that day, allowing prospective members a chance to see what we talk about and what we are all about. This will also be a good way to let outside people know that we are an active group and worth looking into!

 

When any events turn up that we get involved with, I will also blog about those here. Maybe put some pictures up, that sorta thing. Put some faces to all of our names.

Well, I think that's about it for now. I look forward to documenting our happenings!

 

p.s- DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

 

-Saber


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