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HIGHLIGHTS OF BULLETIN #45 (Browse Below)
FIRST EVER BRIGHTS CALENDAR!!
Stunning wall calendar by Brights, at slightly over cost of printing. (Daniel Dennett deems the cover "gorgeous." See it all for yourself.)
BACKGROUND ON BRIGHTS CALENDAR #1 (2007)
A Forum project begun in December shows what volunteers from disparate places collaborating can do in short order!
NOTE: 2008 version to appear at proper time of year, but for any "collector's collection" Edition #1 is here now! Preview whole calendar/purchase at:
27,000TH BRIGHT REGISTERS
A Swedish Bright. You can help make 30,000 happen.
TRANSLATE THE ENTIRE BRIGHTS WEBSITE
Now more visitors can access complete site (machine translation; seven languages)
BRIGHTS CENTRAL STAFF UPGRADES IN JANUARY
Kevin Schultz continues as webmaster; Bill Betz takes on the title of "BLC Coordinator". Both to get real (although nominal) pay for important tasks.
CHANGE IN MORALITY PROJECT LEADER
Researcher Ruban Bala to lead smaller team in compiling empirical studies for Phase 1.
TWO MORE BOOKS BY BRIGHTS
PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF: ON RAISING ETHICAL, CARING KIDS WITHOUT RELIGION
(An anthology to empower parents. Some contributors are notable Brights.)
CHURCHES AD HOC: A DIVINE COMEDY (offbeat photo essay)
Purchase items through Brights' Net link to support the movement.
SUMMER CAMPS FOR BUDDING NATURALISTS
In 2007, Camp Quest residential camps are operating in six locations (U.S. and Canada). They are open to English-speaking youngsters from elsewhere, too.
RECENT FORUM UPGRADE
Webmaster upgraded Forum to latest stable release. Report any "bugs": Link: http://tinyurl.com/3djlss
Lots of new forum functionality! A complete list at:
BRIGHTS WEBSITE GETTING READY TO MOVE
Plans to "migrate" Brights' site to a different commercial service. Short downtime predicted.
BRIGHTS ACKNOWLEDGED AS STIMULUS TO ART EXHIBIT
Motivated in part by Brights concept, artist Christian Globensky has mounted "Humanitarian Art" exhibition in Metz (France); 64-page catalog.
FREE SITES FOR BRIGHTS BY BRIGHTS
"Unofficial sites" provide valuable services to Brights.
"CivilBrights" (BY WILL AND DAVID) - a free place for BLC communications. People can work together to plan meetings/events, post blogs, or simply monitor the circumstances of all other BLCs.
"BrightsOnline" (BY BOB) - more dynamism than is provided on the main site: blogs, essays, links to selected sites, Brights UK activities, Frapper map, etc.
AMAZON ADVANTAGE NO LONGER JUST USA
Brights Central has set up a new Amazon link to include U.K.
CAFÉPRESS HAS SPECIAL BARGAIN
FREE SHIPPING on all sales over $50 through February 14. Shop the Brights' Shop!
CONTRIBUTION ACKNOWLDGEMENTS DONE (USA)
Co-Directors have provided all donors evidence for 2006 tax deductions. (Whew!)
Eric, Netherlands: Great site! After straining myself to be polite and calling myself both a 'cultural christian' and agnostic humanist, I now am (a) Bright
Susan, Texas U.S.: I am only replying for myself, but my entire household -- my husband and my two teenaged children -- meet the definition of brights as well.
Brian, South Africa: I just knew that I'm not really an atheist! Now I know that I'm a bright.
Payne, Texas U.S.: Living in the midst of the bible-belt can be frustrating at times, but through a movement such as the brights, I finally feel that I may be able to express myself in a real and rational manner.
Jan, Denmark: Fantastically positive initiative.
(Co-Directors add comments distinguishing their own self-identities.)
Interesting remarks from PAT (a member of U.S. military) and from ADAM (a classroom teacher)
REFERENCE GUIDE TO PERSONNEL AND OTHER BRIGHTS INFORMATION
Paul Geisert and Mynga Futrell
Co-Directors of www.The-Brights.Net
A bright is a person with a naturalistic worldview