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      November 17, 2019

      Sunday   2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

      227 Edgewood Rd
      Asheville, North Carolina 28814

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      “Social Justice and Trauma: My Story”

      “Social Justice and Trauma: My Story” will be presented by Cindy Henry McMahon at the Sunday, November 17, 2019 meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, 2:30-4:00 PM, at Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC. All are welcome to attend.

      Cindy will recount stories from her family’s tumultuous Southern saga from the 1960s and 70s and her own journey in the early 2000s as she sought to understand how the Civil Rights Movement and its aftermath shaped – or misshaped – her father, how growing up in a family with this embittered, violent and then absent father shaped her and how she survived it all remarkably intact. It is a story of resiliency, disillusionment, the importance of community, forgiveness and the trauma often linked to social justice activism. Cindy’s story gives a glimpse into how the social and racial justice movement affected the white, southern families who fought for equality.

      Cindy Henry McMahon is the granddaughter of a prominent liberal Georgia Baptist leader and daughter of a former minister who espoused peace and justice at late-night activist meetings and then wreaked havoc at home. She survived a turbulent time in our country and at home and wrote a book called Fresh Water From Old Wells, which finally allowed her to release years of resentment and anger.

      Professionally, Cindy has 25+ years of management experience in nonprofits and small businesses. She currently co-directs WNC Nonprofit Pathways, helping charitable organizations plan, grow, and succeed. Her previous experience includes serving as the Operations Director for the YWCA of Asheville, Coordinator of the Volunteer Center at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and Executive Director of the Orange County Literacy Council. Cindy has a BA in English and philosophy from Guilford College and a MA in English from UNC-Chapel Hill. Cindy and her husband, John, have a daughter and son, now in their early twenties. Cindy serves as the vice-chair of the Buncombe County Board of Education, elected in 2014 and reelected in 2018.

      Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation.

      The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville endeavors to nurture the capacity and responsibility of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world. We are inspired by the ideal of working to create a more humane society, recognizing each person’s worth and dignity, and helping to bring out the best in him or her. We are a member of the American Ethical Union and an affiliate of the American Humanist Association. We join together to assist each other in developing ethical ideas and ideals, to celebrate life’s joys, support each other through life’s crises, and to cultivate ethical behavior in our community.

      For more information: call 828 687-7759, email, visit our website at:, or see us on MeetUp:

      Weddings and Ceremonies Officiated:
      The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville offers individualized, custom wedding services. Joy McConnell, Ethical Culture Leader (clergy/celebrant), and Jackie Simms, Ethical Culture Officiant and Humanist Celebrant, are available to perform wedding (and other significant life event) ceremonies. Joy contributes a portion of the officiating charge to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. Honoraria for Jackie's officiating are direct contributions to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, a 501(c)(3) organization. Both Joy and Jackie love officiating weddings, so please spread the word. For more information: contact Joy at 828-808-4710 or via her profile on, or contact Jackie at 828-687-7759 or email

      Categories: Education | Religion & Spirituality

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