The Oxford Humanists Educational Association met at 4:00 PM on November 15th at the Richard H. Thornton Library, Oxford, NC. Officers for 2016 were elected and they are as follows: Dan Winslow, President; Dr. Frank McKay, Vice-President and Silvanus Slaughter, Secretary-Treasurer. Dr. McKay presented a design for business cards and promotional materials to be printed and distributed beginning in December.
Afterwards, members discussed President Winslow’s proposal for establishing a “National Day of Reason” on May 5th of each year as a day of Celebration for Constitutionalists, Humanists, Secularists and Critical Thinkers which will focus attention on Humanism and its perspective on life and liberty which is grounded in “arts and sciences, logic and reason,” and represents humanity’s best choices for enjoying Today and planning for Tomorrow.
A “New membership” program was discussed and outlined.
Member Wayne Spencer reviewed “The Moral Landscape” by author Sam Harris, which was followed by discussion on topics varying from the decline of Arabic culture during the rise of fundamentalism, climate change, the ISIS conflict in the Middle East to the necessity of identifying the ethical architecture of every established philosophy.