Chris here and I'm writing on behalf of the board of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix. I’d like to take a minute to invite you to take part in what will be a historic change for our community. However, I’d like to begin with some motivation and background.
Humanism is more than just a slogan or a community center in Mesa. Humanism is a perspective. We gather around our desires to know more, to be more, and to be better humans for the greater good of our species.
These aren’t just academic goals, to be sampled and explored in an isolated bottle of theory. Humanism is a way of life.
"Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
"The lifestance of Humanism—guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully. It evolved through the ages and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance."
-- Humanist Manifesto III https://americanhumanist.org/what-is-humanism/manifesto3/
Enter the Executive Director
In order to accomplish these goals and to take Humanism to the world, we need to grow. Growth comes in a number of forms. More members, Larger spaces, and a greater recognition in the larger community. We aim to accomplish all three.
However, your humble board of directors is composed of an all-volunteer force, many of whom have full-time day jobs or own their own businesses. We do our best, but we cannot compare to an employee in a full-time position.
The board has created a job description for this role which you can read at the following link: (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FeaF7aYqGfXH0jZ44wMXXpdxwAl7x57YvHWs7VUeF1I/edit?usp=sharing). Our plan is to offer a competitive salary for a full-time, year-round Executive Director. This person will enable our organization to grow, to plan larger events, to gain more interfaith recognition, and be recognized by more folks like us, who lost their religious communities and are looking for a new home, for new friends, for new family.
Your Thoughts, Your Voice
We feel that this is the best course of action to help our organization grow and to have Humanism spread statewide. However, as you are part of our Humanist membership and community, we want to know what you think. Thus, in the spirit of Humanism, which values democracy and openness, we want to hear from you!
Please join us at one or both of our Town Halls to discuss the proposition:
Should the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix professionalize?
We’re having two of these Town Halls to provide enough opportunities for our members to participate, ask questions, make suggestions, and voice concerns. After the Town Halls, we’ll be putting this question to a membership vote.
We want to do this right. We want to be sure we’re moving in the right direction. Thank you for helping Humanism flourish! See you there.
Chris Wojno, President