Group Purpose

The Secular Student Alliance empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism.

We envision a future in which secular students lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, thrive as valued members of society, and provide visionary leadership committed to humanistic ideals and critical inquiry.

Monday, April 24, 2017

WELCOME


Welcome to all students interested in the Secular Student Alliance, SSA.

We have been trying very hard to get this club off of the ground floor for several months now. It's difficult finding interested members on a commuter campus such as STLCC at Meramec, yet still we endeavor. If you are interested in learning more about this club OR if you will be at Meramec in the fall semester and wish to join us for a brand new beginning, please leave contact information here or at stlcc.mc@secularstudents.org

I hope you take a few minutes to look through this blog and to offer your support and interest. 




Thursday, March 2, 2017

Next SSA at STLCC Meeting: March 10th


Next SSA at STLCC Meeting: March 10th
We will meet in Business Administration Building, 
Room 114 at 1pm.

Please join us for our next meeting where we will discuss events for March and April. With the warmer days coming up we will have the opportunity to to tabling activities outside in the quad, weather permitting. We want to discuss the possibility of two tabling events in April:
  • Ask an Atheist Day: April 20
  • Earth Day: April 22
While Kyle and I have some pretty fantastic ideas for unique tabling, we would love to have your ideas and participation.


We would also like to plan some social events for the members of our club so JOIN US!

Contact us at:   stlcc.mc@secularstudents.org



Visibility on Campus


We're putting up some new signs on campus today, inviting like-minded people to check out our club so look for them! You will find them in all buildings on campus.

MANY THANKS to the people who put time and effort into designing, creating, and posting the signs! Maria Jamarican Rupp, Kyle Luzynski, John Loethen, and others! It really does take a community.  


On the sides of the signs, please notice the Student Secular Alliance stickers that we have at our disposal. If YOU would like some SSA stickers, SSA bracelets, or SSA pins to wear, please let me know and I will get some to you.

There will be no club meeting tomorrow, March 3rd, but look for us next week on the 10th.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Gateway 2 Reason, St. Louis's Atheist Convention



We here at the SSA at STLCC are proud to announce that our member Karen Loethen is a speaker at this event:



The contract has been signed and more details are coming out. The Eventbrite page has most updated information including hotel/conference packages. The speaker line up is at over 25 speakers and panel discussions. Some of the speaker you can see on Route 66 in St. Louis, July 28-30 are Seth Andrews David Fitzgerald Margaret Downey Alix Jules Nathan Phelps Mandisa Lateefah Thomas Matt Dillahunty Emery Emery Heather Henderson Dana Fredsti Noelle George Phil Ferguson David G. McAfee Elizabeth Cavell Rebecca Markert Steve Hill Stephanie Renée Guttormson Karen Nager Loethen Vyckie Garrison Rebecca Vitsmun Keith Lowell Jensen and more.

Early bird tickets are just $25 until March 31, and $50 until July 28.

VIP tickets are available for a special night of entertainment and hanging out with the speakers. Just $100. More details in the Eventbrite page. Also, special hotel packages are available for the rooms, tickets and more. 

Plus the exclusive Gateway to Reason 2017 raffle for helicopter ride tour of St. Louis for just $20 chance. A $165 value. And your ride includes one of the speakers. 

The conference is being held on Historic Route 66 and is promising to be a great event. 

Contact Communication and Media Director Sarah Myers for more details at sarah@gatewaytoreason.com

See you in St. Louie on Route 66 this summer!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Darwin Day Success


SSA's Darwin Day/Safety Pin Booth helped raise $279 for Project Peanut Butter today, saving an estimated 11 children from severe malnutrition!
Visit us tomorrow!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

What If You Are Wrong?


I have been blogging for years now, mostly about atheism and parenting and tonight I came across a blog post of mine that I thought readers of this blog and most people interested in SSA would appreciate.
Tell me What you think.

So...What if YOU are Wrong?


A surprising number of adults that I know frighten themselves so much with belief in supernatural things. Demons and scary afterlives and ghosty things and evil doers. The fear of these things affects their lives so strongly that they have nightmares and anxiety and distress. And worse, these fears limit their ability to truly love people and to foster peace and connection. Belief in these things also make some beloved people seriously concerned about my complete atheism, thereby bringing themselves even more concern and vexation. I want to ask them one question: What if you are wrong?

What if there is no such thing as magical realms and spooky spells? What if the only evil is intention? What if the end of our physical life here on Earth results in our molecules rejoining the sublimity of nature and this infinite cosmos? What if all of the entities that you fear, every single one of them, is a figment of the fearful imaginings of Men? What if our species was more ennobled by pride than by guilt?

What if there was only earth and stone below us and above us only sky? What if the only one who knew the deepest contents of our heart was us? What if no unseeable spirit was judging us? What if there was no such thing as magic, luck, blessings, curses, or damning? What if we discarded the concept of sin and focused more on character? What if logic and reason were valued above faith? And, even more, what if all things were knowable and faith was not required or even praised?

What if our intentions were more powerful than any overseeing entity or church? What if each heart and mind trusted itself to make decisions based on justice and humanity and intellect? What if our species wasn't limited by age-old doctrine and dogma that seems to have no basis in reality? What if we revered and honored intelligence, kindness, effort, achievement, and innovation? What if all of the words spoken to an unknowable entity actually fell onto the ground, yet still helped you to discover answers and peace? 

What if all humans are truly created equal and no doctrine or claims could change that? What if this moment here, now, is the most important moment of your existence? What if the utter humanity of suffering was comforted and loved with kind hearts? What if the moments of your existence are utterly finite and counting down? What, then, would you change? 

What if every bit of war, rancor, divisiveness, hatred, and hostility over philosophical or religious doctrine would disappear in an instant because they no longer made sense in a secular world?

What if black cats and full moons and four-leaf clover were simply equal parts of our natural world and contained no special meaning? What if we stopped judging people on their adherence to black-and-white doctrine and started judging people on their ability to bring peace and love into their lives and the lives of others. What if we were to acknowledge the long timeline of our species and find awe in our continued survival on a frequently inhospitable planet in our imperfect carbon-based bodies? What if we were free to honor every form of life equally?


What if we were to discard the utter fear and horror of imagined existences after our death? What if we, instead, embraced the beauty and fragility of each moment of our lives and sought to elevate our selves, our community, our species? What if we broke down the limits of imaginary morality and, rather, researched, explored, and celebrated all ethical options available to our stretching imaginations and our growing comprehension of reality?

What if we stopped limiting ourselves because of our fears and we started stretching ourselves with our creativity, adaptability, experience, peacemaking, and community building? What if the millions of people killed or simply limited by religious institutions were, instead, elevated? What if you are wrong about all of the things you fear and that all of the time you spent on fear and guilt could have been used in productive and happy ways? What if thinking outside of the box rather than limiting yourself within the doctrine of a tyrant was possible? What, then, could you accomplish?

If you are wrong, Dear Believer, what, then, could your life be?


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SSA on STLCC - Meramec Campus


Staying organized with busy commuter student schedules and a loose community secular network is not easy. But these first few months of the SSA's operations on this campus have demonstrated what the perseverance and tenacity of committed students and our off-campus supporters can achieve. That is why we continue to forge connections with existing secular community groups as well as work to reach secular students here on campus.

We are all deeply excited about the road ahead of us. It will hold its obstacles, but we are confident that we have the resolve to change the course of history.

You can reach us at:   stlcc.mc@secularstudents.org

Darwin Day Here We Come!




Sunday, February 5, 2017

Lawrence Krauss will be In The Lou!


One of my heroes and favorite people is coming to town!

Lawrence Krauss is an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and director of its Origins Project.He is known as an advocate of the public understanding of science, of public policy based on sound empirical data, of scientific skepticism and of science education, and works to reduce the influence of what he opines as superstition and religious dogma in popular

April 1, 2017 at 8pm at the St. Louis Science Center:
Be there or be square!

The facebook page for the event is here:

Tickets are available here:

Use the code G2RSAVE to get $5 off.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Dr. Ansari - Faculty Support


The SSA at Meramec Campus wishes to offer our sincere 
THANKS to Dr. Ansari for her commitment to the club. 


A special THANK YOU to our amazing faculty sponsor Dr. Ansari of the English department. Besides being one of the absolute favorite English teachers on campus, Dr. Ansari truly believes in the need for a secular student club on the STLCC campuses and she is a huge supporter of all things nonreligious!

Darwin Day and Safety Pins


Hey SSA Members and Friends:
We had our first meeting of the semester today from 1-2:30 in Business Administration Building today. LOTS of really good ideas and neat input from club members.

We have planned our Darwin Day booth for Monday and Tuesday, February 13th and 14th from 10-2 in the campus Student Center in the cafeteria.
We are staffed for the booth, THANK YOU SSA MEMBERS!, but please STOP BY to see us and to get your pin.
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What Pin?
We will have Safety Pins available to all students in support of all vulnerable populations. I know you are familiar with the movement that started in November of last year when African Americans, Women, and Muslims felt threatened by the Trump Administration. The SSA is making safety pins available on campus in support of these and all vulnerable populations.

By fastening a safety pin to their clothing, people are declaring themselves allies to groups who have been maligned by Trump, to show that they stand in solidarity with anyone who might be afraid.

SO please wear your safety pin in solidarity with the SSA and with all populations of people who feel marginalized or threatened!
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What is Darwin Day?
Darwin Day is every February 12th

Darwin Day is a fantastic opportunity for Student Secular Alliance to take part in a national celebration of education and science. Groups around the country and around the world will be taking part and celebrating the birth of one of the most important scientists of the modern era.

Our Darwin Day activity is SSA's effort to take part to not only educate our own group members on the importance of Evolution and Darwin's work, but also as a way to reach out to our wider campus and community to foster a better understanding of the theory of evolution and its place in modern biology.


Please drop by and check out our Darwin Day booth on February 13th and 14th between 10 and 2pm in the Student Center Cafeteria!

MANY THANKS to the SSA members 
who are donating their time and efforts
 to our Darwin Day booth!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SSA's Purpose

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SSA, Student Secular Alliance is a successful, national umbrella organization that allows college students to engage with the secular community at large, gives secular students all kinds ways to connect with each other, learn from one another, and set a course of lifelong secular activism.
The purpose of the Secular Student Alliance is to bring about a society in which the ideals of scientific rationality, secularism, and human-based ethics flourish. 
Whereas many other organizations already exist to spread these values to off-campus populations, the Secular Student Alliance focuses on fostering these values among college students.
The Secular Student Alliance specifically seeks to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific rationalism, secularism, and human-based ethics. Check out their website for more information about what they offer to individuals involved in a SSA group such as ours on STLCC Meramec campus.

You can reach us at:   stlcc.mc@secularstudents.org

January 2017 Campus Expo

Atheist Student SSA
Today's Campus Expo at Meramec was great! I wish I had some pics, but, ALAS, I was at the table alone. But I was busy!
Several new people expressed interest in our club and several more people secretly asked some questions about skepticism...as we know, some religious families and communities respond to skepticism with guilt and shame for these people who are attempting to THINK. I hope we hear from or see some of these questioners again.


Sitting at the Expo table with the word ATHEISM prominently displayed, I did notice that many people simply avert their eyes from the table. 

Kyle and I are trying to make information about our group easier to find so that interested students at our school and at other local colleges can find meetings and events. We also plan on using this website as well as our Facebook pages as ways to spread information about our club and about other events that might interest readers. 

YOU are welcome to post relevant events or links to the FB pages. This community is being designed to create connections between ourselves, each other, and community resources. News stories, politics, memes, religion:  it's all fair game.

Kyle and others have worked very hard to get this group off of the floor. I'm delighted to be a part of SSA at Meramec. I hope that, together, we can grow our club to be meaningful to the members and to our campuses.

I can be reached at: karen.thesecularparent@gmail.com