Total Eclipse of the Park

Image announcing our get together at the eclipse

April 8 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Every so often the sun, moon, and Earth align just right to put on a spectacular show! On April 8, Ohio will experience a one-in-a-lifetime Total Solar Eclipse; an event that won’t occur again in Ohio until 2099.

Image announcing our get together at the eclipse

SHoWLE members and friends who wish to collectively experience the eclipse can meet up near the Market Hall at the Glass City Metropark. This is NOT an official SHoWLE hosted event but is hosted by Metroparks Toledo. Please watch this space or our social media to find our exact location on the day. Bring a blanket and/or camp chairs for comfort and some snacks.

Glass City Metropark
A family-friendly event at Glass City will offer prime views of the eclipse on the riverfront of downtown Toledo. Watch the sky through telescopes with solar filters and enjoy a Kids’ Zone with eclipse-themed activities. Eclipse-viewing glasses will be available to borrow. Food and beverages are available for purchase at The Garden by Poco Piatti. Duration of totality: 1 minute, 56 seconds. This event is rain or shine. Even if clouds block the eclipse, stop by the Kids Zone to learn about what’s happening above the clouds.


This event is an exception to our in-person meeting policy. The nature of this activity means we will be surrounded by the general public at the places we visit. Most people, including, restaurant staff may not be wearing masks or taking any COVID precautions.

Free

Glass City Metropark

1001 Front Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605 United States
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RSVPs can be optional, where we just want some idea of who is coming, and mandatory, where we have to provide a venue an actual headcount or need a minimum number of people for a certain event for it to actually happen. We can ask for RSVPs for any kind of gathering or event. RSVPs aren’t tied to if we live stream the meeting or event on Zoom. If the event is not a meeting, like volunteering at a Foodbank, then we most likely won’t be live streaming the event. The event post will let you know if there will be a live stream and we will include the Zoom link and phone numbers on the post so you can join in.

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Just let us know if you plan to join us so we can look for you

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Humanist Happy Hour: The Distillery

March 28 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

New monthly social after work at a local watering hole, Nothing fancy and no structure just being in a small autonomous collective partaking is beverages, adult or otherwise and sharing a joke or two.

We have tweeked this event since the debut. The Happy Hour will typically be on the 4th Thursdays of the month and start at 5:30 PM.

The Distillery has typical bar food and pizza. The pizza is pretty good. Friday was just way too busy as the bar was hosting a Bingo night. Thursdays look more low key and they have food and drink specials.

This event is an exception to our in-person meeting policy. The nature of this activity means we will be surrounded by the general public at the places we visit. Most people, including, restaurant staff may not be wearing masks or taking any COVID precautions.

Free

Glass City Metropark

1001 Front Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605 United States
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Optional RSVP

Let us know you will attending so we can save you a seat

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Humanist Nooner: American Table Oregon

Location of our March Nooner in Oregon

March 20 @ 11:30 am 12:30 pm

Join host Doug Berger each month as he explores some of the fine eating establishments in the Toledo metro area for lunch.

Location of our March Nooner in Oregon

Looking for a fun time without a boring meeting, then Humanist Nooners is the place to be.

Although the food isn’t free, the conversation will be and it is open to the public. You can even ask Doug about Humanism and freethought.

Many of the venues are picked by Doug, but he is always open to suggestions for future locations. Just suggest

This event is an exception to our in-person meeting policy. The nature of this activity means we will be surrounded by the general public at the places we visit. Most people, including, restaurant staff may not be wearing masks or taking any COVID precautions.

Free

Glass City Metropark

1001 Front Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605 United States
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View Venue Website

Optional RSVP

Let us know if you plan to attend so we can save you a seat

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Toledo’s Humanist History

Image promoting our meeting about Humanist history in Toledo

March 9 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am

Believe it or not SHoWLE is not the only Humanist group to have formed in Toledo. Back in 1952, the Toledo Humanist Society was founded by Dr. Gardner Williams. It was active up until the 1980s.

Rev. TK Barger

Our friend, Rev. TK Barger, from First Unitarian Church of Toledo, will visit with us and talk about Dr. Williams and the history of Humanist activities in Toledo before SHoWLE existed.

We will be in Community Room A


Unless otherwise noted, our meetings and events are free and open to the public. In-person, in-door meetings and events we STRONGLY recommend attendees wear masks. Speakers can wear them if they choose while speaking. Click more information about our In-person Meeting Policy. SHoWLE has a No Weapons policy

Free

Optional RSVP

Just give us a heads up you are coming

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Humanist Nooner: Executive Diner

February 21 @ 11:30 am 12:30 pm

Join host Doug Berger each month as he explores some of the fine eating establishments in the Toledo metro area for lunch.

Looking for a fun time without a boring meeting, then Humanist Nooners is the place to be.

Although the food isn’t free, the conversation will be and it is open to the public. You can even ask Doug about Humanism and freethought.

This event is an exception to our in-person meeting policy. The nature of this activity means we will be surrounded by the general public at the places we visit. Most people, including, restaurant staff may not be wearing masks or taking any COVID precautions.

Free

Glass City Metropark

1001 Front Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605 United States
+ Google Map
View Venue Website

Humanist Happy Hour: The Distillery

February 22 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

New monthly social after work at a local watering hole, Nothing fancy and no structure just being in a small autonomous collective partaking is beverages, adult or otherwise and sharing a joke or two.

We have tweeked this event since the debut. The Happy Hour will typically be on the 4th Thursdays of the month and start at 5:30 PM.

The Distillery has typical bar food and pizza. The pizza is pretty good. Friday was just way too busy as the bar was hosting a Bingo night. Thursdays look more low key and they have food and drink specials.

This event is an exception to our in-person meeting policy. The nature of this activity means we will be surrounded by the general public at the places we visit. Most people, including, restaurant staff may not be wearing masks or taking any COVID precautions.

Free

Glass City Metropark

1001 Front Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605 United States
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View Venue Website

2024 SHoWLE Picnic

Image with the place day and time of the 2024 picnic

June 16 @ 11:00 am 4:00 pm

Join us for our annual picnic. A social time for SHoWLE members and friends to share some good food. Rain or shine.

We will have hot dogs and hamburgers and providing drinks like soda pop and water. Board Member Ed S. will be handling the grill and will bring some of his well known side dishes. This will be the last Picnic for Ed as he is set to retire and move back home to New York state.

Feel free to bring some snacks or deserts to share. You are also welcome to bring your own entrée and use the grill if you wish.

We welcome any games or sports equipment you have handy and want to share and there is a playground close by for kids to enjoy. Feel free to bring your dog as there is plenty of room for them to play.

This event is FREE and Open to the Public

We have the Whitetail Shelter reserved. The shelter is off parking lot #2 on the main park road.

Free

Glass City Metropark

1001 Front Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605 United States
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Optional RSVP

Not required but helps us know how much food to buy

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We Need More Atheists with Kate Cohen

Image showing Kate Cohen and cover of her book

January 13 @ 11:30 am 1:30 pm

Kate Cohen, a columnist for The Washington Post and author of We of Little Faith: Why I Stopped Pretending to Believe (and Maybe You Should Too) that was published in October will join us LIVE via Zoom to talk about her atheism, her family, the book, and why the world needs more atheists.

Image showing Kate Cohen and cover of her book

She writes about the intersection of culture, family, and politics. Her columns have led to interviews on NBC Nightly News, Freethought Radio, and the BBC World Service. Kate’s essays have appeared on Northeast Public Radio and in Slate, Salon, BuzzFeed, Bustle, Vox, and Fine Cooking. She wrote the voiceover script for the Emmy-Award-winning documentary Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero, and is the author of two previous books, The Neppi-Modona Diaries and A Walk Down the Aisle. She lives on a farm in Albany, New York.

We will be in Community Room A and there will be an opportunity to join us on Zoom. Check out this page a day or two before the event for a Zoom room link.

The link to the book is through Amazon but it should be available through your local library and favorite book stores.

*10 AM 1/13 Update* The in-person part of our meeting this morning is cancelled. This was not an easy decision but the wind and wind-chill was too much to ask people to go outside to come to the library. Since the speaker is visiting via Zoom I hope you will join us there at 11:30 am the link is available on this page.

Unless otherwise noted, our meetings and events are free and open to the public. In-person, in-door meetings and events we STRONGLY recommend attendees wear masks. Speakers can wear them if they choose while speaking. Click more information about our In-person Meeting Policy. SHoWLE has a No Weapons policy

Free

Glass City Metropark

1001 Front Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605 United States
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Here is the Zoom room link:

Connecting Humanism to Current Events

September 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Bring any interesting news or magazine articles you’ve read recently and share them with the group. We will discuss them within the framework of Humanism. This will help us better understand our Humanist values as they are applied in our daily lives.

Our host, Ford Caufield is an entrepreneur and along with his wife, a philanthropist. They helped establish the Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation and Ford received the “Horace Mann Award” in 1999 from the American Humanist Association, in recognition of philanthropic work funding student tutors in several public schools. (Other past recipients of the award: Ted Turner, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Jonas E. Salk, Erich Fromm.)

Light snacks will be available

Here are the directions from Mr. G’s Barn at the corner of N. McCord and Hill

Mr G’s Barn

6756 Hill Ave, Toledo, OH 43615

Head west on Hill Ave toward N McCord Rd

2.8 mi

Turn left onto Orchard Lake Blvd

230 ft

Turn right onto Orchard Lake Rd

0.2 mi

Orchard Lake Rd turns slightly left and becomes Rolling Hill Rd

Destination will be on the left

387 ft

9148 Rolling Hill Rd

Holland, OH 43528

Glass City Metropark

1001 Front Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605 United States
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Toledo Blade Underplayed Bigotry Toward The Trans Community

SHoWLE President Douglas Berger had a letter to the editor published in the Toledo Blade on April 20, 2023, responding to a previous editorial that seemed sympathetic to a woman who gave a speech against Trans women at the University of Toledo. The editorial downplayed the bigoted framing and rehash of anti-Trans tropes relating to Trans women participating in women’s sports. The editorial complained about Trans rights supporters protesting Riley Gaines’ speech but didn’t point out the false narrative that Gaines used in her speech and the fact that it was sponsored by the right-wing Christian Nationalist group Turning Point USA.

Douglas was also disappointed that even though his letter was published, the heart of it was cut out by the Blade and made it seem, again, that the issue was one of difference of opinion and not one of a battle to protect the rights of a marginalized group. SHoWLE doesn’t believe that human rights should be put up for a popular vote or be debated like what ice cream flavor you like.

Below is the full text of the letter Douglas submitted followed by images of the Blade editorial in question and the printed letter.

I sat down to read the Blade and saw yet another editorial (“Editorial: Let Riley tell her story” published 4/22) claiming that someone with bigoted ideas is being hurt because other people have called them out on their bigotry. Make no mistake, Riley Gaines told her story framed in bigotry against Trans women all because a Trans woman won ONE event at the NCAA tournament.

Gaines should know that more goes into performing sports than just body parts and what sex one is but we live in a society that seems to accept the status quo for longer than we need. Take basketball. When women were first allowed to play basketball, they were only allowed to play half court because men assumed that women didn’t have the stamina to run up and down a full court. They also had to play in skirts because it was un-ladylike to wear shorts in public.

Does Gaines feel the four other women that beat her in the 200 freestyle were actually “intact males” and why didn’t Lia Thomas win that race if she won the 500 freestyle? I thought Trans women had an unfair advantage?

The science on the issue isn’t clear yet but unlike Gaines’ anecdotal “evidence”, the NCAA has had specific rules to include Trans athletes for at least 10 years now. One would think the flood gates would be open and there would be only Trans women winning everything – obviously that didn’t happen. A person’s genetic make-up and internal and external reproductive anatomy are not useful indicators of athletic performance.

It is also telling that Gaines’ talk was sponsored by the Christian Nationalist group Turning Point USA, whose founder and President Charlie Kirk, on a podcast in 2022, said that the Transgender community was a “social contagion” and that this “public mania” would, in 20 years, be likened to “the modern-day equivalent of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s”.

Riley Gaines (like Charlie Kirk) used bigotry to tell her story, the content of which was underplayed in the editorial. As we move forward and the people who support all humans as having basic dignity and worth become the majority only then will we be actually united as people.