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Ethical Society of Asheville December Meeting

15 Dec 2013

The Winter Festival - "Winter Beauties" will be celebrated at the Sunday, December 15th meeting of the Ethical Society of Asheville, 2:00-3:30 PM at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road in North Asheville (off Merrimon Avenue near UNCA). The Winter Festival will feature the beauty of nature in winter and what nature can teach us at this time of year. All ages are invited to participate, bringing something beautiful from the winter landscape to share. Following the program there will be a potluck meal featuring holiday specialties from our members and friends.

Joy McConnell, our presenter and facilitator, is a certified Ethical Culture Leader (clergy). Before becoming a Leader, Joy was a director of religious education, curriculum writer and festival planner/director for many years at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. Joy loves to engage members and friends in preparation for festivals and welcomes guests to join us at 1:30 to help decorate our space and prepare for our celebration of "Winter's Beauties."

After serving as Associate Leader in St. Louis and Leader in Chicago, Joy served as AEU Growth and Development Professional. Joy consulted with Ethical Societies across the US, was involved in AEU growth initiatives and led many workshops. Joy was one of the founders of the AEU Lay Leadership Summer School and served on staff from 1996 to 2008. She is currently consulting leader for the Ethical Society of Asheville, NC, and volunteers for the American Ethical Union. She has an MA in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago and graduated with the third class of the Humanist Institute. As a life-long learner, Joy has continued to expand her knowledge and practice in several fields, most recently in studies of neurobiology and its relationship to compassionate communication.

The Ethical Society of Asheville is a humanist, educational, philosophical, non-theistic alternative to traditional religions. It is member organization of the American Ethical Union, and affiliated with the American Humanist Association, both of which are members of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Members are inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society. Their commitment is to the worth and dignity of the individual and to treating each human being so as to bring out the best in him or her.

For more information contact asheville@aeu.org, www.aeu.org, ethicalsocietyasheville@gmail.com, or 828 687-7759.