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The Naked Public Square: A Radical View on Church and State (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Presented by Tom Flynn, Editor, Free Inquiry Magazine, Center For Inquiry

Description

Think way, way beyond what current law allows. What kind of long-term future should American secularists strive for? A future defined by faith-based initiatives, or a naked public square? One where religious expression resounds through public institutions and public spaces, or where thoughtful people confine such things to the private realm?

Tom Flynn offers a personal argument why secularists should dream big and strive for a tomorrow where public spaces truly are “religion-free zones” – and why America’s future may depend on realizing such a social arrangement, sooner rather than later. Agree or disagree, you won’t want to miss this engaging and provocative presentation.

About the Speaker

Tom Flynn is Editor of Free Inquiry magazine, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum, and co-founder of the Freethought Trail. His books include The Trouble with Christmas, the blasphemous sci-fi novels Galactic Rapture and Nothing Sacred, and (as editor) The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief. Recently he was named a founding board member of the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network. Tom has been listed in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in Entertainment, and Who’s Who in Hell.

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, July 24, 2015, 6:30 pm – 9:00 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)



Café Inquiry - CFI Reason for Change Conference Recap and Discussion Panel (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 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.

This week, Bob Collins, Carl Bajema, Dennis Gaymer, and Ed Howland will present on the CFI Reason for Change conference in early June, 2015.

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 Justin if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry.

Café Inquiry (Grand Rapids) meets weekly on Sundays.

Additional Details

To find the group go to studio located in the back right corner of the bookstore (not the café).

Food & Beverages are available for purchase.

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

Contact: Justin and Tiffany Hale, , (616) 719-7134 Justin (616) 340-4095 Tiffany



Living Without Religion (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 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.

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 - Secular Society (Livonia)

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 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.

This week the topic asks, "What was your tipping point to the realization that a secular society is the most workable society?"

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.

Café Inquiry (Livonia) meets on the Fourth Sunday of each month.

Additional Details

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

Food & Beverages are available for purchase.

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

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



Skeptics In The Pub (Holland)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 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!

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)



Café Inquiry (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 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 Justin if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry.

Café Inquiry (Grand Rapids) meets weekly on Sundays.

Additional Details

To find the group go to studio located in the back right corner of the bookstore (not the café).

Food & Beverages are available for purchase.

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

Contact: Justin and Tiffany Hale, , (616) 719-7134 Justin (616) 340-4095 Tiffany



Skeptics In The Pub (Hell/Chelsea)

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Chelsea Ale House, 420 N Main St., 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.

Skeptics in the Pub (Hell/Chelsea) meets on the First 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: Sherrill Rodriguez, , 616-698-2342



Café Inquiry (Portage)

Friday, August 7, 2015, 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 us if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry.

Café Inquiry (Portage) meets on the First Friday of each month.

Additional Details

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

Food & Beverages are available for purchase.

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

Contact: Andy or Dave, , 616-706-2029



Café Inquiry (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 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 Justin if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry.

Café Inquiry (Grand Rapids) meets weekly on Sundays.

Additional Details

To find the group go to studio located in the back right corner of the bookstore (not the café).

Food & Beverages are available for purchase.

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

Contact: Justin and Tiffany Hale, , (616) 719-7134 Justin (616) 340-4095 Tiffany


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