Vaccines Required!

Help us protect our community members and comply with this Public Health Order by bringing your proof of vaccination.

PHO signageThe Secular Hub has decided to become a Fully Vaccinated Facility to allow our community to attend events without face masks.

To comply with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) Public Health Order (PHO), we are required to confirm the vaccination status of every person entering the Secular Hub.

Help us protect our community members and comply with this PHO by bringing your proof of vaccination including one of the following:

  • your original vaccination card,
  • a digital pass via smartphone application like the MyColorado App,
  • or digital photos or photocopies of your original vaccination cards,
  • or an official copy (digital or paper) of your COVID-19 vaccination record from the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).

Any changes to this policy will be published on our COVID-19 Policy page.

Besides the legal requirement of PHO compliance, the science is very clear, vaccination decreases the rate of infection, serious effects of COVID-19 illness, and death.

CDC graph COVID cases
CDC data posted 11/22/2021

If you are not vaccinated, you are putting everyone around you at risk of getting sick and dying, so do not be selfish and get vaccinated.  Vaccines are free and readily available, and no documentation or insurance is needed. To learn more and find out where to get a free vaccine:

If you have some reason you cannot be vaccinated, you can attend some Secular Hub events remotely via Zoom.  Check our calendar for events that are virtual or hybrid events and RSVP on Meetup.com to get the Zoom link.

Holy Segal

Shelley Segal performed last night at the Secular Hub for the first musical performance at the new location.  Shelley at the Hub

Shelley performed her unique style of folk rock to the enjoyment of many.  This was Shelley’s first in-person performance in 2 years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shelley was join on stage by her father, Danny Segal, who she had not been with for several years since she moved to Los Angeles.

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Shelley & Danny Segal at the Hub

Shelley has released several albums including her latest EP “Holy” that is available on her web site shelleysegal.com.

This is not the first time she has played at the Secular Hub and I hope it is not the last.

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Shelley & Rob performing at the Hub

Hub Grand Opening 2021

We spent a couple of months moving in our Pod full of stuff, cleaning, painting, fixing stuff, sweeping, and polishing.  On September 12th, we were mostly ready to show the world our new home!

A big thank you to all the people that helped put the new Hub into shape for visitors and put on this event!

The Secular Hub has a new home!

The Secular Hub is no longer homeless! After being without a home since December 31, 2020, we have purchased a building for our new home.

Now for the downside of ownership.  Fixing up a building that was built in 1955 and had not been occupied for over 3 years.

So we swept out the cobwebs and dusted and cleaned.  Then we needed some polish, so we removed some old carpet and flooring, and installed some new.

Some people took on a job that they thought was simple, but turned out to be very difficult!  So with the help of many volunteers from our community, we are giving new life to this old building.  Some people are installing flooring, fixing stairs,  unpacking boxes, fixing toilets and sinks.

A crew came in for several days to prep and paint the lower level.  We even put some of our younger members to work.

We promise we did not work them too hard and we even fed them!  We still have a lot of work to do before we have a grand opening sometime this fall.

As with all ownership, we now have expenses to renovate and maintain our new home.  We need a new furnace/air conditioner or two before long.  Please help us with a donation to our building fund.

Happy Juneteenth!

On June 19, 1865 — nearly nine decades after our Nation’s founding, and more than 2 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation — enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally received word that they were free from bondage.

June 19th was declared a federal holiday, the newest federal holiday since 1983, by President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on June 18, 2021. Juneteenth National Independence Day is

to acknowledge and celebrate the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of Black Americans, and commit together to eradicate systemic racism that still undermines our founding ideals and collective prosperity.

Juneteenth has been observed by various communities since 1866 as Jubilee Day, Black Independence Day, and Emancipation Day.  Celebrations include picnics, rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties, historical reenactments and blues festivals.

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Juneteenth Flag

In 1997, activist Ben Haith, founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (NJCF), created the Juneteenth flag, which was further refined by illustrator Lisa Jeanne Graf. In 2000, the flag was first hoisted at the Roxbury Heritage State Park in Boston by Haith. The star at the center represents Texas being the last state where its local African American slaves were freed, and the extension of freedom for all African Americans throughout the whole nation. The burst around the star represents a nova and the curve represents a horizon, standing for a new era for African Americans. The red, white, and blue colors represent the American flag, which shows that African Americans and their enslaved ancestors are Americans, and the national belief in liberty and justice for all citizens.

As President Biden remarked when he signed Senate Bill 475:

It’s a reminder that our work to root out hate never ends — because hate only hides, it never fully goes away. It hides. And when you breathe oxygen under that rock, it comes out.

And that’s why we must understand that Juneteenth represents not only the commemoration of the end of slavery in America more than 150 years ago, but the ongoing work to have to bring true equity and racial justice into American society, which we can do.

In short, this day doesn’t just celebrate the past; it calls for action today.

As many of us first learn of the Tulsa race massacre and the Red Summer, it is obvious there is much work to be done.  Celebrating Juneteenth is a step in the right direction.

Double a donation to Food Bank of the Rockies

Today only! Donate to the Food Bank of the Rockies and the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado will match your gift – dollar for dollar – up to $100,000! So give $5 and they will make it $10! This offers expires Wed, March 31, 2021, so give today.

With $10, Food Bank of the Rockies can provide 40 meals to people in the Rocky Mountain region.  So join me today in helping people still struggling with the effects of  the pandemic.

Give at https://secularhub.org/y/fbr-glfc

Persistence

Percy Lavon Julian was the embodiment of persistence. Julian was an American research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine, plus a pioneer in the industrial large-scale chemical synthesis of the human hormones progesterone and testosterone from plant sterols such as stigmasterol and sitosterol. His work laid the foundation for the steroid drug industry’s production of cortisone, other corticosteroids, and birth control pills.

Julian attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, when the college and town were segregated, graduating in 1920 as a Phi Beta Kappa and valedictorian.  He attended Harvard University and obtained an M.S. in chemistry, but the school withdrew his teaching assistantship, preventing him from completing a Ph.D. there.  Later while teaching at Howard University, Julian received a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship to continue his graduate work at the University of Vienna, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1931. 

Returning to a teaching position at Howard University, Julian became embroiled in university politics and a personal scandal that forced him to resign.  He accepted a position at DePauw University where he completed the synthesis of physostigmine, a drug for treating glaucoma.  He left DePauw in 1936 when he was denied a professorship because he was African-American.  After being denied jobs with DuPont and the Institute of Paper Chemistry, Julian was offered a position of director of research at Glidden’s Soya Products Division in Chicago.

In 1950, Julian moved into Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, the first African-American family to do so, but not before his new home was fire-bombed!  Later his home was attacked with dynamite.  Soon after these incidents the community rallied behind them.

Julian’s work yielded over 100 patents and he work includes synthesis of cortisone, producing hormones including progesterone, steroids, vitamins, amino acids and other chemicals mostly from soybean extracts.

The PBS series Nova produced a docudrama about Percy Julian called the Forgotten Genius.  In the film, historian James Anderson says “His story is a story of great accomplishment, of heroic efforts and overcoming tremendous odds…a story about who we are and what we stand for and the challenges that have been there and the challenges that are still with us.”

Mars 2020 – Countdown to Landing

On Thursday, February 18, 2021 at about 1:55pm MST the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter drone will land on Mars! The NASA TV broadcast from Mission Control starts at 12:15pm MST. 

Watch live online the events on Earth with “some” delay from Mars.

The Perseverance rover has four science objectives that support the Mars Exploration Program’s science goals:

Looking for Habitability: Identify past environments capable of supporting microbial life.
Seeking Biosignatures: Seek signs of possible past microbial life in those habitable environments, particularly in special rocks known to preserve signs of life over time.
Caching Samples: Collect core rock and “soil” samples and store them on the Martian surface.
Preparing for Humans:

Test oxygen production from the Martian atmosphere.

  • Mission Name: Mars 2020

  • Rover Name: Perseverance

  • Main Job: The Perseverance rover will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth.

  • Launch: July 30, 2020, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

  • Landing: Feb. 18, 2021

  • Landing Site: Jezero Crater, Mars

  • Mission Duration: At least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days)

  • Tech Demo: The Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration, hitching a ride on the Perseverance rover.

More information and other stuff at NASA Mars Landing Toolkit.

Darwin Day 2021

Packing the Hub
Packing the Hub

The Secular Hub held it’s grand opening on February 12, 2013.  Eight years later we could not have our traditional Darwin Day/Hub Birthday event.  2020 was a strange year for the Hub, stopping all in-person events at the 3100 Downing St. location in March.  We let our lease expire and moved into a storage Pod in December – our last event at 3100 Downing St.

Of course February 12, 1809 was Charles Darwin’s birthday as well as Abraham Lincoln (same year) and Olivia Hooker.  Who???

Olivia Juliette Hooker was born February 12, 1915 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Hooker was one of the last known survivors of the Tulsa race massacre of 1921, and the first African-American woman to enter the U.S. Coast Guard in February 1945.

In 1947, she received her master’s from the Teachers College of Columbia University, and in 1961 she received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester, with her dissertation on the learning abilities of children with Down syndrome.

Olivia Hooker in 2011

On February 9, 2015, Kirsten Gillibrand spoke in Congress to “pay tribute” to Hooker. In the same year, the Olivia Hooker Dining Facility on the Staten Island Coast Guard facility was named in her honor. A training facility at the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. was also named after her that same year. On May 20, 2015, President Barack Obama recognized Hooker’s Coast Guard service and legacy while in attendance at the 134th Commencement of the United States Coast Guard Academy. On November 11, 2018, Google honored her by telling her story as part of a Google Doodle for the Veterans Day holiday. Hooker died of natural causes in her home in White Plains, New York on November 21, 2018, at the age of 103.

Officially Homeless!

As of January 1, 2021, the Secular Hub is homeless!  Since we have not met at the Secular Hub’s location since March 2020 and our lease was expiring at the end of 2020, the Board of Directors decided that it was best to save our funds for a new location.

Packing the Hub
Packing the Hub

A team of volunteers braved the COVID-19 virus to pack the Hub’s belongings into a storage pod.  Thanks to Bill, Ron, Becky, Dana, Marty, both Joes, Jesse, Jonathan, Danelle, Steve, Brandon, Jeff, and Richard.  Forgive me if I did not mention your name because you all look alike in masks!  Thank you again for your help in dislocating the Hub.

Packing the Pod
Packing the Pod

Loading the Pod
Loading the Pod

Packing our belongings into a Pod was kind of like doing a 3D jigsaw puzzle. I hope it does not end up looking like multiple puzzles in the same box.

Then a couple of days later, Paul and I said good-bye to the Pod as it was loaded on a truck to be stored elsewhere.

Our last act of helping the homeless at this location was two people that showed up asking for help.  We gave them some sweaters and blanket from the AHH barrel.  They also received a box of water and food.

Empty Hub
Empty Hub.

It is sad to see the Hub emptied out.  But it is a step to moving to a new location.  My hope is next year at this time when we can gather in person, we can be in a new larger location that better accommodates our goals.  You can help us reach this goal by donating to our Building Fund.