In 2015; within weeks of each other, Shawn Meagley experienced the deaths of two very important people in her life. Seeking guidance and consolation, she became very aware of the lack of services available to Humanists and other non-religious people where typical religious clergy would be present. These and other personal experiences became the catalysts for what would later become Secular Occasions.
In 2018, Shawn was endorsed as a Humanist Celebrant by The Humanist Society. As such, she fully embraces her responsibilities as a member of the clergy of The Humanist Society providing leadership, moral guidance, rites of passage, and life celebration services to humanists and others who seek these services.
Shawn will provide meaning and solemnity to life celebrations, gatherings, and communities from a secular perspective. She is committed to helping humanists through the most important times in life including birth, love, loss, morality, and mortality. Each celebration or ceremony is personalized to be meaningful and professional with a humanist approach.
Shawn is also a co-founder and executive board member of Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie and champion explorer of rabbit-holes. She found her way to Secular Humanism via typical childhood indoctrination with an encouragement to learn about the world. A mom of two adult children who share her secular perspective, Shawn has a passion for advocacy of those unable to advocate for themselves; a champion for the underdog. Like many, the current climate of political and social tension has created a sense of urgency to be more aware and involved. Most recently Shawn has participated in direct action events in support of women’s reproductive health issues, Center for Inquiry’s Secular Summit (2017) and attended the Freedom From Religion Foundation National Convention (2017). In 2018, she has been focused on local conferences, consortiums and webinars that have offered invaluable educational opportunities.