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Secular Celebrant Training

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
CFI–Michigan Office, 3777 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Description

Become a CFI Secular Celebrant!
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Register today for the CFI Secular Celebrant Training session on Saturday, November 12th, to begin your certification as a Secular Celebrant.

The Training Session will cover important information about how to perform various types of ceremonies including weddings, funerals, commitment and naming ceremonies, fulfilling legal requirements, and opportunities to practice officiating with other trainees. Attendees will also receive an information notebook with sample scripts and reference materials for the various types of ceremonies.

The Certification Training session is $75 and advance registration is required.

What is a CFI Secular Celebrant?
Secular Celebrants officiate at marriage and commitment ceremonies, funerals, memorials, and other celebrations of life's milestones. As many as 20% of Americans are unaffiliated with any religion, yet our celebrations and ceremonies are dominated by religious leaders and civil officials.

CFI created our Secular Celebrant Program to address this problem by training secular people to officiate for nonreligious marriage and commitment ceremonies, funerals and memorials, and other celebrations of the milestones of life.

How can I become a CFI Secular Celebrant?
You can become a certified CFI Secular Celebrant by attending this special training session and meeting a few other requirements. Read the complete list of Requirements for CFI Secular Celebrant Certification.

Can Secular Celebrants Legally Solemnize Wedding in Michigan?
CFI–Michigan is currently in the process of challenging the discriminatory nature of the Michigan Marriage Statute (MCL 551.7), which only allows “Ordained Ministers of the Gospel” and a very limited set of Civic Officials to solemnize marriages.

CFI-Michigan is seeking to persuade the State of Michigan to amend the statute to permit secular celebrants to solemnize weddings. If such a legislative solution proves unattainable, CFI is prepared to bring a law suit to achieve that goal.

While CFI Secular Celebrants cannot currently solemnize weddings in Michigan, they will be able to very soon, as we are confident our advocacy, or if necessary legal efforts, will be successful. So, we encourage you to start your certification process now!

For more information about the CFI Secular Celebrant Program, contact Reba Boyd Wooden, Director, CFI Secular Celebrant Program & Executive Director, CFI–Indiana: .

Cost: $75, includes training materials. Register Here (Advance Registration Required)

Contact: Jennifer Beahan, , 6167062029



Living Without Religion (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 1:00 pm – 3:00 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.

Living Without Religion (Grand Rapids) meets on the Second and Fourth Sundays of each month.

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



Skeptics In The Pub (Lansing)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kelly's Downtown, 220 Washington Square S, Lansing, MI, View Map

Description

Note: Special Date - Due to a schedule conflict this event will be on Wednesday, June 22nd instead of the 3rd Saturday. Watch for special dates for July & August as well.

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.

Skeptics in the Pub (Lansing) meets on the Third Saturday of each month.

Additional Details

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

Food & Beverages are available for purchase.

Cost: FREE / Donations Appreciated. Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online

Contact: Ken Shay, , 517-927-2805



Skeptics In The Pub (Ypsilanti)

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Arbor Brewing Company, 720 Norris Street , Ypsilanti, 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.

Skeptics in the Pub (Ypsilanti) meets on the Third Thursday of each month.

Additional Details

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

Food & Beverages are available for purchase.

Cost: FREE / Donations Appreciated. Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online

Contact: Lucas Bell, , 989-780-3699



Café Inquiry (Muskegon)

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Bagels Cafe, 2111 Apple Ave., Muskegon, 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 Tim Hamlin if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry.

Café Inquiry (Muskegon) meets on the Third Thursday of each month.

Additional Details

To find the group look for the table signs with the Center for Inquiry–Michigan Logo.

Food & Beverages are available for purchase.

Cost: FREE / Donations Appreciated. Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online

Contact: Tim Hamlin, , 231-282-0571



Skeptics In The Pub (Grand Rapids)

Friday, November 18, 2016, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Founders Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, 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.

New schedule starting in September: Third Fridays @ Founders!

Skeptics in the Pub (Grand Rapids) meets on the Third Friday of each month.

Additional Details

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: Jason Pittman, , (616) 634-2471



Skeptics In The Pub (Sterling Heights)

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mr. B's , 48550 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township, 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.

Skeptics in the Pub (Sterling Heights) meets on the Third Saturday of each month.

Additional Details

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

Food & Beverages are available for purchase. Be sure to include gratuity for our very attentive waiter!

Cost: FREE / Donations Appreciated. Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online

Contact: Mike Slomka, , 586-354-8501



No Skeptics In The Pub (Holland)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Holland Brewing Company, 66 E. 8th Street, Holland, MI, View Map

Description

There will be no Skeptics in the Pub (Holland) the 4th Wednesday in November due to Thanksgiving Holiday.

Instead, join us at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Monday, November 21st.

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.

Skeptics in the Pub (Holland) meets on the Fourth Tuesday of each month.

Additional Details

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

Food & Beverages are available for purchase.

Cost: FREE / Donations Appreciated. Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online

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



No Lecture (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
N/A, , Grand Rapids, MI,

Description

There will be No Lecture in Grand Rapids the 4th Wednesday in November due to Thanksgiving Holiday.

Instead join us at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Monday, November 21st.

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



Skeptics In The Pub (Flint)

Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Empress of China, 2320 South Dort Highway, Flint, 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.

Skeptics in the Pub (Flint) meets on the Fourth Friday of each month.

Additional Details

To find the group, look for table signs bearing the Center for Inquiry–Michigan logo. We gather in a semi-private room toward the back of the restaurant.

Food & Beverages are available for purchase.

Cost: FREE / Donations Appreciated. Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online

Contact: Dean Tersigni and Warren McClure, , 810-309-5043 (Dean)


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