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This Week: Secular Coalition for America seeks Intern, Foundation Beyond Belief seeks Interns, Hurricane Sandy Humanist Crisis Response

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Secular Coalition for America seeks Intern

The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) is pleased to offer a part-time paid internship position for Spring 2013. SCA is seeking highly motivated undergraduate junior- or senior-level students with a demonstrated interest in being active in the nontheistic movement.

The internship will be a 13-week program with one week of vacation for spring break included and will run from Tuesday, January 15, 2013 through Friday, April 12, 2013. Work hours will be 20 hours per week between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, completed on a regular schedule decided upon before the first week. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be expected. The internship will pay a stipend (minus required district and federal taxes). Transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C. will not be provided.

Complete applications must be emailed to [email protected] by November 30, 2012 at 5pm ET. A selection will be made by December 7; only the selected candidate will be notified. Do NOT send applications by regular mail. No phone calls please. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information on this job, including application requirements, visit the SCA website. As always, to find the latest jobs in the secular movement go to our jobs page.

Foundation Beyond Belief seeks Interns

Foundation Beyond Belief seeks disciplined, highly motivated individuals for a five-month period beginning January 1, 2012. Desirable characteristics can be found here.

Experience in the non-profit sector is not a requirement, but certainly a plus, as is experience in grant writing or other development capacities. Though interns will do work in several areas of Foundation operations, each internship includes a primary focus area, special project, and cause area assignment.

During the application process, you will be asked to select your top three focus areas and briefly explain why you’re drawn to each.

To apply for the spring internships, please visit here to learn more and to submit your application. The deadline for spring internships is November 30th, 2012 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

To learn more about the internship go here. To apply visit their website. Find the latest jobs in the movement by visiting our jobs page.

Hurricane Sandy Humanist Crisis Response

blank image - change thisAre you concerned about the victims of Hurricane Sandy and want to help, but are afraid of your donations will be used on faith-based initiatives or in ineffective ways? Our partner organization Foundation Beyond Belief, has set up a Humanist Crisis Response Program to help people donate securely to reputable relief organizations.
 
The Humanist Crisis Response program is working with two different organizations. International Medical Corps is a disaster response team that will be helping get basic food and medical care to people affected by the storm in the Caribbean. Team Rubicon is an organization that utilizes the skills of veterans to assist people after natural disasters. You can read more about Foundation Beyond Belief's Crisis Response Program here.

Even if you don't plan on donating, it is still worth the trouble of clicking on some of these links and familiarizing yourself with some of these organizations. You never know when this information might come in handy.

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Members from the Secular Student Alliance of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School at their first meeting.

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This Week: Faitheist Resource, Gmail Account Advantages, Custom Facebook URLs

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Faitheist Resource



Our friends at the Interfaith Youth Core have been working hard to get more nontheistic students involved in interfaith collaborations.  To capitalize on the discussions sure to follow the new book Faitheist by atheist interfaith pioneer Chris Stedman, IFYC has created a new fantastic resource: “From Story to Action.”  Its purpose is both to help nontheistic students engage with interfaith programs, and also to help interfaith programs better reach out to nontheistic students.  

If you, your affiliate group, or any members of your group are interested in getting involved with interfaith programs on your campus, be sure to check out “From Story to Action.”  You might also be interested in the interfaith page at the SSA website, which has several different perspectives on nontheistic participation in interfaith, as well as ways to get involved, special considerations, and other interfaith organizations.

Gmail Account Advantages

Some of you use our forwarding service and depend on us to update the emails assigned to it. Well now you don't have to wait! If you use Gmail, you can manage your group forward firsthand by personally adding and removing members to it on your own time. In order to activate this feature, simply email a campus organizer and give them your Gmail address, or fill out a forward request. After your new manager role is confirmed, you can start adding new members to your group forward. This feature is highly recommended because it is the most efficient way to update your group forward. To learn more about Gmail advantages, visit our forwards page.

Custom Facebook URLs

If you are using Facebook as your group's main web presence, and many of you are, consider creating a custom URL. The custom URL option is available for both Facebook pages and groups. To create a custom URL in your group or page all you have to do is set up an email for the page or group. We highly encourage the use of group/page email even if you never use it. Creating a group email will provide a custom URL and will help people searching for the group find it easily. A tutorial on how to create a group email can found here.

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Members from the SSA at University of California - Irvine.

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Author of Daylight Atheism blog and book, Adam also holds a graduate degree from Columbia University. He can speak on topics like atheism and morality, what science can tell us about the soul and building the secular community. Click the link below to learn more about Adam.
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This Week: Affiliation Renewal Deadline, Darwin Day Early Planning, Secular Coalition Seeks Development Manager

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The deadline for the affiliation renewal is upon us! You have until the end of today to fill out the form if you haven't already or else we will be forced to start chasing groups down to find out what happened. Check to see if you are on our outstanding affiliation renewals list and if so, please fill out an affiliation renewal form. For those of your who already filled out a form - congratulations! If you have not, you will be getting a lot more calls, emails etc. from us until we know what your group's official status is. Don't wait, fill out the form now!

Darwin Day Early Planning

February 12th, 2013 is Darwin Day - this is a great time to celebrate science, life, and one of the greatest scientific minds of all time. You can also use the day as an excuse to throw huge events for your group and to share the appreciation!
 
Planning early for the event is the key to running a successful one.  Check out our Darwin Day Activity Packet - it'll help you plan the festivities with ideas for all kinds of events.  Many speakers get booked up fast around Darwin Day, so start working with Nick now if you're planning to find someone through the SSA Speakers Bureau.
 
We're here to help with whatever you may have planned for the day.  Check out our resources and contact us if you need any hands-on assistance with your event!

Secular Coalition Seeks Development Manager

The Secular Coalition for America, the national lobby representing secular Americans, including atheists, agnostics, and humanists, is seeking a Development Manager.  Under the direction of the Chief of Staff, the Development Manager is in charge of crafting strategies that regularly expand fundraising success, and offering strategic leadership in development.  The Development Manager will also maintain the fundraising infrastructure of the organization, including managing donor databases, drafting appeal letters and promotional materials, and ensuring the timely follow-up with donors and potential donors.

The Secular Coalition for America, a non-profit corporation, is an equal opportunity employer.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Benefits package includes generous paid time off, health insurance, retirement contribution matching, and life and disability insurance. To apply, email resume AND cover letter to[email protected].  They don't want any phone calls.

For more information on this job, visit the SCA website. As always, to find the latest jobs in the secular movement go to our jobs page.

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Members from Scent of Reality: An Affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance at United World College.

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Massimo has a doctorate in genetics and is the chair fo the Department of Philosophy at CUNY-Lehman College. He is the author of several books including Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk and Making Sense of Evolution. His talks focus on Creationism, Intelligent Design and the nature of science.
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Freethought Festival 2012 (Presented by Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison)

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In April 2012, Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison was able to host Freethought Festival 2012 in collaboration with the Madison Coalition of Reason thanks to a Project Grant from the national SSA. This article summarizes the experiences of that event for the group.


It would be a severe understatement to say that Freethought Festival 2012 was “big.” The mere possibility of such an event is a testament to the tremendous support received from the SSA, our guest speakers, the event organizers, and the growing secular movement itself.  As such, please understand that the following summary, while lengthy, in no way captures the magnitude of the Freethought Festival.

Freethought Festival 2012 was broken down into four theme-based sessions, each of which featured five to seven talks related to a central topic of importance.  The first session, “Sexy Secularism,” took place on Friday, April 27th, and consisted of talks addressing issues of religiosity in human sexuality (Dr. Darrel Ray), the intersection of biology and morality in the abortion debate (Chris Calvey), LGBTQ rights (Dr. Veronica Drantz), philosophy of science (Dr. Elliot Sober), and then culminated with a keynote discussion of evolution vs. creationism in the public science classroom (Dr. Kevin Padian).  The crowd grew over the course of this first evening, perhaps reaching 400 seated attendees at its peak – though there was continuous turnover as people arrived and left throughout the evening.  After each talk there was time for a brief Q&A session, allowing audience participation and a chance for speakers to clarify points.

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