20th Anniversary Celebration with Julia Sweeney


Join us to celebrate 20 Years of Secular Community!

Julia Sweeney, Author and Comedian, joins us for a conversation about facing the challenges of life, love and loss as a compassionate atheist, and the importance of being openly secular. Read more about Julia below.

The celebration will be held at the Women's City Club at 254 E. Fulton Street in Grand Rapids, MI – View Map.

The VIP Reception begins at 5:30pm on the upper level, followed by the Main Event with Julia at 7:00pm in the Auditorium on the lower level. Doors for Advance Ticket holders open at 6:30pm.

Advance Ticket purchase is strongly recommended, if tickets are still available they will be available for purchase at the event starting at 6:45pm.

Copies of her monologues and book will be available at the event, and a book signing will follow.

Ticket Information

VIP Tickets $125 ($100 for CFI Members*)
Regular Tickets $20 ($15 for CFI Members*)

*Planet Level Members and above are eligible for Member Discount. VIP Tickets includes Reception with Julia Sweeney, Heavy Hors D’oeurves and Reserved Seats for main event. $70 of VIP Ticket is a Tax-Deductible Donation.

If you have any questions, or to register by phone, please contact Jennifer Beahan, Program Director at 616-706-2029 or
Email michigan(at)centerforinquiry.net.

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About Julia Sweeney

Julia Sweeney Julia Sweeney is a writer, director, actress, comedian and monologist. She is known for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1995, where she created and popularized the androgynous character, Pat.

She is also well known for her comedic and dramatic monologues. God Said Ha! is a monologue about serious illness, her brother's lymphoma and her own cancer, and her family's crazy reactions to this crisis as they soldiered their way through struggle, confusion and death. This play was performed all over the U.S. and on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater. It was made into a film produced by Quentin Tarantino, and the comedy album from the show was nominated for a Grammy.

Sweeney's second monologue, In the Family Way, played in theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles. It was ultimately fashioned into a book, a memoir titled If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother. Sweeney's third monologue, Letting Go of God, chronicled her journey from Catholicism to atheism. It was made into a film that played on Showtime.