Category Archives: professional development

National Day of Reason This Thursday

BE. Orlando believes in the right of every American to have and practice their faith or non-faith.  We promote respect for diversity and inclusion, and recognize the importance of efforts like the National Day of Reason (NDoR) that are working to ensure true religious liberty and end divisive religious practices.  We appreciate local organizations like the Central Florida Freethought Community for their vigilance and active engagement promoting the separation of church and state in Florida.  And we actively support the Secular and Religious Minority Awareness initiative at the University of Central Florida, promoting respect for individuals of all faiths and non-faith and educating about the challenges faced by minority faith identities in our culture.

The first Thursday of every May is designated the National Day of Reason. It exists to inspire the secular community to be visible and vocal – on this day and throughout the year – so that we can overcome exclusionary practices, bigotry, hatred, and discrimination normalized by the National Day of Prayer (which falls on the same day). It brings an inclusive secular worldview into the national conversation on a day when there is so much effort to force Christianity into our schools, workplaces, and  government.

In our diverse society, including everyone of all faith and non-faith perspectives is imperative.  NDoR celebrates freedom of all from governmental intrusion into private faith practices and works to reduce stigmatization of those of non-faith and minority faiths. NDoR seeks to include ALL people, regardless of faith or non-faith, in a day to celebrate reason and religious liberty.

We are grateful for the efforts of the American Humanist Association and other secular leaders and organizations that spearhead NDoR efforts, and for local leaders who are working toward an inclusive Central Florida.



Some great events at UCF!

There are some interesting events coming up at the University of Central Florida as part of their annual Diversity Week celebration.  Below are some highlights for our members and followers, but you can find more than 20 opportunities for exploring various aspects of diversity and inclusion next week at

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Expert Panel: Minorities in the Non-Faith Community

October 20th, 12:30 – 3:30, Cape Florida Ballroom, Student Union

Join national leaders in a discussion about the growing diversity within the secular American community.  For those interested in learning about diversity issues, this is a unique exploration of intersectionality and an opportunity to learn about a growing demographic in our culture and on our campus. Free and open to the public.


Private Dinner with National Secular Leaders

October 20th, 6:00 p.m., Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen

Hosted by the Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC). Spend quality time with the panelists (above) and other local leaders over dinner. This fundraiser will help cover travel costs for the panelists and will support the new scholarship fund being awarded to secular students at UCF in recognition of outstanding volunteerism.

The honored guests are

  • Stephanie Guttormson, a transgender advocate and the Operations Director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation
  • David Tamayo, Founder and President, Hispanic American Freethinkers
  • Mandisa Thomas, Founder and President, Black Nonbelievers, Inc.

Seating is limited.  Reserve your spot today:

Secular and Religious Minority Awareness Workshop

srma-flyer-smOctober 21, 1:30 – 4:30, Barbara Ying Center

Experience the new format, activities, and discussions in our interactive exploration of the experiences and challenges of secular and minority faith individuals, and how we can each make a difference by creating perspective inclusion in our own spheres of influence.  Free and open to the public  (registration advised; walk-in seating is limited.  The public can register by emailing

UCF Blood Drives presents two events on October 18th

1. Guest Speaker on African American Blood Donation.  October 18, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Egmont Key, UCF Student Union

2. Expert Panel: Gay Male Blood Donation

October 18, 1:00 – 2:30, Cape Florida Ballroom, UCF Student Union

Join medical experts and local and national activist in a discussion about the blood donation deferral status for MSM (men who have had sex with other men).   Free and open to the public.


Both events are free and open to the public.

More information: 

3/3/16 Free Diversity Workshop

Taking advantage of professional development opportunities is an important part of running, or being a part of, an effective business. Or work team.  Or play team.  Or social team. Or family team.

Explore the faith and non-faith diversity in our community in this discussion about creating respectful professional, social, and academic spaces for people of all faith and non-faith perspectives.

Secular and Religious Minority Awareness workshop
Thursday, March 3rd, 5:45 – 8:00 p.m
University of Central Florida (RSVP for location).

Email to RSVP or for any questions.

Learn more here:

Tomorrow’s workshop will have sample yums from Chicken Salad Chick!


Kick off more Kindness


Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 14th – 20th)
Random Acts of Kindness Week ends tomorrow – but the Kindness does not.  You can make Intentional Acts of Kindness part of your daily routine. Help spread the kindness message and post your experiences from RAK Week, ideas, and efforts on social media, using #RAKWeek, #Kindness, and #Humanism

If you’re looking for opportunities to make a difference, consider joining BE for some of our upcoming events.  Click on the “RSVP Here” links below to join or email for more information. You can also visit our Volunteer Resources page for other local organizations that provide services and support to help engage volunteers in our community.

  • Patient Escort Volunteers at Planned Parenthood (February 20th, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00ish, Downtown)
    Help keep those visiting the clinic feeling safe and respected by serving as a patient escort volunteer.  RSVP Here
  • Be a Pi Day Adventure Leader! (3/12, 1:15 – 5:00 P.M., downtown Orlando)
    We need YOU to lead math & science activities for children at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Invest an afternoon inspiring children to love math, science, and PIE. 🙂 Volunteers bring a pie to share and can design their own Pi Day activity (contact Tee for information). Volunteers receive a certificate and an insPIre Pi Day tote bag. RSVP Here
  • Volunteer to set up a gala ballroom for an event benefiting special needs children (3/12, 8:00 a.m., Downtown)
    UCP of Central Florida asks for volunteer to help set up their Gala event, Passport to Possibilities. RSVP Here
  • Professional Development: Diversity Workshop (3/3, 5:45 – 8:00 P.M., UCF Campus)
    Join us for a free workshop exploring ways to create respectful environments for secular and religious minority individuals in our workplaces and other spheres of influence. Discussion includes understanding the faith and non-faith perspective diversity in our culture and the challenges faced by those of minority perspectives. Come early – 5:30 – 6:00, enjoy tastings by Chicken Salad Chick. Attendees receive a certificate for 2.0 hours of diversity training. RSVP Here
  • Serve dinner at a local shelter (3/9, 6:00 – 8:00, Sanford area)
    Join us as we prepare and serve a meal to residents at a local shelter. This is a monthly event; registration more than one week in advance is required. RSVP Here
  • Central Florida Earth Day (4/23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
    We’ll be hosting a vendor tent at Central Florida Earth Day as well as a blood drive.  Get on the Big Red Bus with us and stop by to say hello – we’d love to meet you.  🙂

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Non-Profit Diversity Advocate Board Interest Meeting


We will have a preliminary interest meeting for the Diversity Advocate project on December 30th at 5:30 p.m. at Mikki V’s Grill in Oviedo.  Please RSVP through the link below or email for further information.

About the project

diversity monoThis project has been on our back burner for a couple of years – but we haven’t dropped it because we get so many requests for secular-friendly and LGBTQ+-friendly local agencies for donating and volunteering.  Let’s talk about it again to see if this is the right time to launch this project.

The committee objectives of the project would be to:

• Communicate to local non-profits the challenges faced by individuals of non-faith and other minority faith perspectives and LGBTQ+ individuals as relates to faith bias.

• Encourage and inspire more inclusive and welcoming spaces for volunteers, donors, and clients at local non-profits.

• Generate and maintain a list of Central Florida non-profits to recommend to our local secular community as friendly places to seek services, volunteer, or donate money or items.

The structure, project plan, meeting schedule, and other details will be decided by those interested.

Non-Profit Diversity Advocate Board Interest Meeting

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015, 5:30 PM

4 Happy Humans Attending

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Professional Development Workshop: Faith and Non-Faith Diversity

We wanted to share this unique (and free) professional development opportunity with our members and friends:  Join a workshop at UCF exploring faith and non-faith diversity issues that impact us and those around us in our professional and personal encounters.  Diversity training enhances the skill of creating inclusion for all. Consideration of the diverse worldviews around us can increase customers and employee satisfaction and improve our personal connections and relationships.

Explore topics such as considering the faith diversity around us, what is meant by minority perspectives, assumptions we make when someone states their faith perspective, statistical trends, cultural biases, experiences of those potentially marginalized because of their faith or non-faith perspective, and how you are empowered to help create inclusive spaces for all.


Email workshop facilitator,

Secular and Religious Minority Awareness
Saturday, August 1st, 2:30 – 4:30
University of Central Florida, Teaching Academy
This session is open to public attendance
(with registration)

All participants at the August 1st session will receive a certificate of attendance.  Those completing this workshop are eligible to register (optional) as part of the UCF SRMA and national Secular Safe Zone Allies network. UCF employees will have attendance documented through MyUCF for professional development records and 2.0 diversity credits for participating UCF divisions.


  • SRMA is: A discussion about creating a respectful environment for people of all faith and non-faith perspectives.
  • SRMA is NOT: A debate about faith, or a promotion of any faith or non-faith perspective.

This workshop is offered through the University of Central Florida Office of Diversity Initiatives.


  • Community members Email the workshop facilitator with your name and workshop title, date, and time.
  • UCF Employees:  Login to  Under employee self service, choose training and development, request training.  Search by course number (DIV224) or by course name.
  • UCF Students: Email with your name, NID, and workshop title, date, and time.