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Service: Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, 3777 Rector Ave. NE, Rockford, MI, View Map

Description

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Join other CFI Michigan members at Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford to support this wonderful organization which provides equine therapy for over 120 individuals with special needs each week. We will be doing outside maintenance like cleaning pastures or unloading hay. Make sure you wear boots or shoes you don't mind walking around a horse pasture in. Gloves and shovels or pitch forks would also be useful. Please RSVP to Sue at so Equest will know how many volunteers to plan for.

The mission of Equest is to, "...improve the quality of life through equine-based therapy to physically, mentally, and socially/emotionally challenged individuals." Equest was founded in 1990 and is a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. Equest is one of three therapeutic riding programs in Michigan that owns its own farm and is the only year-around facility in the area. Equest runs on volunteer power and its volunteers donated over 35,200 hours of service last year!

Additional Details

CFI Secular Service is a program of CFI Michigan that is working to support CFI’s mission by translating humanist values into action for the common good. Secular Service is working to provide opportunities for members to engage in community service and outreach throughout the year.

Learn more about CFI Secular Service here.  If you would like additional information about upcoming Secular Service projects or have questions - please contact Cindy Krieg: Email or call 616-698-2342. 

Cost: A donation of your time.

Contact: Sue Johnson,



Café Inquiry (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Schuler Books - Studio, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Description

Café Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion. At 11:15 we will break for coffee/brunch and a chance to socialize.

Members are welcome to propose and schedule a topic which would be of interest toward establishing a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Please contact us if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry.

Additional Details

To find the group go to the meeting room located in the back left corner of the bookstore (not the café).

Cost: Free. Snacks & Beverages are available for purchase.

Contact: Laura Casaletto, , (616) 389-7115



Living Without Religion (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Schuler Books - Studio, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Description

Join others who are recovering from or have recovered from religion and want to help others do the same. We are a group of people that know and understand what you are struggling with and can offer friendly social support in a non-threatening, understanding and relaxed atmosphere. We will share experiences and resources to help cope with and deal with problems related to leaving organized religion or living without any religion.

Whether you are thinking of leaving your religion, are already living religion free, or you just wish to support others, please come join us.

Participate in discussions, share your story, ask the questions that are on your mind, meet new people, make new friends and discover you’re not alone in your search for secular beliefs.

Additional Details

To find the group go to the meeting room located in the back left corner of the bookstore (not the café).

Cost: Free, beverages and snacks are available for purchase.

Contact: Shirley Draft, , 616-318-3274



Café Inquiry (Livonia)

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Panera Bread, 37091 Six Mile Rd., Livonia, MI, View Map

Description

Café Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion.

Members are welcome to propose and schedule a topic which would be of interest toward establishing a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Please contact us if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry.

Additional Details

To find the group, look for table signs bearing the Center for Inquiry logo. They will be near the front of the restaurant.

Cost: Free. Individuals are responsible for purchasing their own food/beverages.

Contact: Norma Jean Wade, , 734-276-6813



Skeptics In The Pub (Holland)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Holland Brewing Company, 66 E. 8th Street, Holland, MI, View Map

Description

This is a great opportunity for skeptics to talk, share ideas (and yes, drink) in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss the issues of the day and whatever else is on our minds. But most of all, we have fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality.

Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's most famous skeptics are teetotalers, and we are happy to have you!

Additional Details

To find the group, please look for the table signs bearing the Center For Inquiry logo. The group will be seated in the dining area, not the bar.

Cost: Individuals are responsible for purchasing their own food/beverages

Contact: Tim Van Haitsma, Jeff Wolfgang, , 616-990-4082 (Tim), 616-836-0612 (Jeff)



Ice, Water, and Climate (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Presented by Henry Pollack, PhD, Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan , University of Michigan

Description

Join us in welcoming Henry Pollack as he leads a discussion on Ice, Water, and Climate!

Ice and water – the solid and liquid forms of H2O – can be thought of as partners on a global hydrological see-saw, the ups and downs of which are modulated by planetary-scale climate change. When the planet cools, some water solidifies to ice, and when the planet warms, some ice reverts to water.

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Earth has generally been warming, and ice has been melting at an accelerating pace. The distribution of ice and water plays an important role in setting the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere, governing major weather patterns, regulating sea level and dramatically impacting agriculture, transportation, commerce and geopolitics.

About the Speaker

Henry N. Pollack, Ph.D., has been a Professor of Geophysics at the University of Michigan for more than 40 years. Among his numerous publications is Uncertain Science…Uncertain World, published by Cambridge University Press in 2003.
In the scientific community, he has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading experts on the temperature of the Earth, both today and in the geological past. An award-winning teacher with a gift for explaining science to non-scientists, Pollack has taken a special interest in helping leaders in government, business, and the general public understand the scientific developments associated with global climate change. His specialties involve geophysics, global change, paleoclimate, geodynamics, and tectonophysics.

Additional Details

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale's Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

Learn about Parking, Accessibility, and more.

Cost: FREE / Suggested Donation $5. Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online

Contact: Jennifer Beahan, , 616-698-2342



Café Inquiry (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Schuler Books - Studio, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Description

Café Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion. At 11:15 we will break for coffee/brunch and a chance to socialize.

Members are welcome to propose and schedule a topic which would be of interest toward establishing a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Please contact us if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry.

Additional Details

To find the group go to the meeting room located in the back left corner of the bookstore (not the café).

Cost: Free. Snacks & Beverages are available for purchase.

Contact: Laura Casaletto, , (616) 389-7115



Skeptics In The Pub (Hell/Chelsea)

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Chelsea Ale House, 420 N Main St #100, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea, MI, View Map

Description

This is a great opportunity for skeptics to talk, share ideas (and yes, drink) in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss the issues of the day and whatever else is on our minds. But most of all, we have fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality.

Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's most famous skeptics are teetotalers, and we are happy to have you!

Remember that drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. If there's one thing science has taught us, it's the effects of alcohol on the human body.

To find the group, look for table signs bearing the Center For Inquiry logo.

Cost: Individuals are responsible for purchasing their own food/beverages

Contact: Sherrill Rodriguez, , 616-698-2342



Café Inquiry (Portage)

Friday, September 5, 2014, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Panera Bread, 5970 S. Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI, View Map

Description

Café Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion. Have dinner if you like! Drinks, snacks and sandwiches will be available for purchase.

Members are welcome to propose and schedule a topic which would be of interest toward establishing a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Please contact DuWayne if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry.

Cost: Free. Individuals are responsible for purchasing their own food and drinks.

Contact: Joe B., , 269-783-5157



Living Without Religion (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Schuler Books - Studio, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Description

Join others who are recovering from or have recovered from religion and want to help others do the same. We are a group of people that know and understand what you are struggling with and can offer friendly social support in a non-threatening, understanding and relaxed atmosphere. We will share experiences and resources to help cope with and deal with problems related to leaving organized religion or living without any religion.

Whether you are thinking of leaving your religion, are already living religion free, or you just wish to support others, please come join us.

Participate in discussions, share your story, ask the questions that are on your mind, meet new people, make new friends and discover you’re not alone in your search for secular beliefs.

Additional Details

To find the group go to the meeting room located in the back left corner of the bookstore (not the café).

Cost: Free, beverages and snacks are available for purchase.

Contact: Shirley Draft, , 616-318-3274


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