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Café Inquiry - Holidays, Secularism, and Family Traditions (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 11:00 am – 1:00 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 12:00pm we will break for coffee/brunch and a chance to socialize.

This month we'll be discussing "Holidays, Secularism, and Family Traditions".

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 (Grand Rapids) meets on the First Sunday of each Month.

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: Jeremiah Bannister & Dennis Gaymer, , 269-317-1263 (Jeremiah)



Living Without Religion (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, December 11, 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



Solstice Dinner (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Women's City Club – Desdemona's Dining Room, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Description

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Join us for the Solstice Dinner to celebrate the close of another year with your CFI Michigan community, and hear from CFI–Michigan staff about plans for the coming year. (or join us at the Southeast MI Dinner).

Online Registration ENDS December 7th at 2pm!

Credit/Debit required for online registration.
Check/Cash Registration Information
 

Jeremiah & Sami Our special guest speaker this year is Jeremiah Bannister, who will speak on "Solstice for All Seasons" in which he recalls timeless and life-changing true stories about the boundless love of his 12-year-old Sami during her 16-month journey with cancer, her family's heartfelt vow to never give up, and the secular community that heroically rallied around them.

Eloquent and motivating, Jeremiah lays out how true stories like theirs demonstrate not only the value of Center for Inquiry–Michigan but also the power of a secular community that lives and breathes the "spirit" of the Solstice all year long.

Jeremiah serves on the advisory board for Center for Inquiry–Michigan and recently became Co-Host of the Café Inquiry events in Grand Rapids. Jeremiah has a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication and is the creator and Co-Host of PaleoRadioShow, a secular AM/FM talk radio podcast about politics, religion, science, and culture. He is currently writing, Into a Million Pieces: The #TeamTinyDancer Story, a family diary about Sami's life & death with childhood cancer. It will be his first book.

2016 Solstice Dinner Prices

Advance registration is required for this event.
Online Registration ENDS December 7th at 2pm!

Credit/Debit required for online registration.
Check/Cash Registration Information
 

Non-member: $59
CFI Member: $49
Students: $39

Financial Assistance is Available: We want all who are interested to be able to attend. Contact us for more information.

Sponsor a CFI Member: If you are able, consider an additional (tax-deductible) donation when you register to help us provide Financial Assistance to those in need.

If you can't attend you can still make a tax-deductible sponsorship donation at the registration page above.

Not a CFI Member?
You can Become a CFI Member Today and register at member rates.
Not sure if you're a member? Contact us to check membership status.

Additional Details

  • Dress is semi-formal or business casual. Let's celebrate! Dress up & have some fun!
  • Free parking is provided in lot adjacent to the Women’s City Club or in the WCC Lot ½ Block south on Lafayette Ave.

Dinner Menu

When you register for the solstice dinner, please indicate your menu preference from the options below.

The dinner will feature a tossed garden salad and homemade rolls/butter, your entree selection with Saffron Rice Pilaf and Broccoli Mornay, and Black Forest Torte for dessert. Coffee, tea, soft drinks are complimentary.

A Full Cash Bar will be available.

Entree Selections:

  • Artichoke Chicken – Baked chicken with creamy artichoke and parmesan topping.
  • Pork Loin: Slow roasted with cranbary apple compote.
  • Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie (Vegetarian)
  • Vegan Entree

Cash/Check Registration

Online registration is preferred if at all possible. Thanks!

To Register and pay by Cash/check please send the following information with payment to the CFI–Michigan Office or Register by Email

  • Attendee Names
  • Phone number
  • Mailing Address
  • Solstice Dinner location: West or SE
  • Menu Preference(s) for each attendee
  • If by email: indicate whether you will mail payment or pay at dinner.

Payments may be mailed to the CFI–Michigan office:
3777 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.

Cost: See Above. Become a Member Today!

Contact: Jennifer Beahan, , 616-706-2029



NO LECTURE (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
N/A, , Grand Rapids, MI,

Description

No Lecture 2nd Wednesday in December due to the Solstice Dinner.

Instead join us at the Solstice Dinner (Grand Rapids) on Wednesday, December 14th.

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 (Ypsilanti)

Thursday, December 15, 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, December 15, 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



NO SKEPTICS IN THE PUB (Grand Rapids)

Friday, December 16, 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 (Flint)

Friday, December 16, 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)



Solstice Dinner (Madison Heights)

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, Madison Heights, MI, View Map

Description

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Join us for the Solstice Dinner to celebrate the close of another year with your CFI Michigan community, and hear from CFI–Michigan staff about plans for the coming year. (or join us at the West MI Dinner).

Online Registration ENDS December 14th at midnight!

Credit/Debit required for online registration.
Check/Cash Registration Information
 

Jeremiah & Sami Our special guest speaker this year is Jeremiah Bannister, who will speak on "Solstice for All Seasons" in which he recalls timeless and life-changing true stories about the boundless love of his 12-year-old Sami during her 16-month journey with cancer, her family's heartfelt vow to never give up, and the secular community that heroically rallied around them.

Eloquent and motivating, Jeremiah lays out how true stories like theirs demonstrate not only the value of Center for Inquiry–Michigan but also the power of a secular community that lives and breathes the "spirit" of the Solstice all year long.

Jeremiah serves on the advisory board for Center for Inquiry–Michigan and recently became Co-Host of the Café Inquiry events in Grand Rapids. Jeremiah has a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication and is the creator and Co-Host of PaleoRadioShow, a secular AM/FM talk radio podcast about politics, religion, science, and culture. He is currently writing, Into a Million Pieces: The #TeamTinyDancer Story, a family diary about Sami's life & death with childhood cancer. It will be his first book.

2016 Solstice Dinner Prices

Advance registration is required for this event.
Online Registration ENDS December 14th at midnight!

Credit/Debit required for online registration.
Check/Cash Registration Information
 

Non-member: $59
CFI Member: $49
Students: $39

Financial Assistance is Available: We want all who are interested to be able to attend. Contact us for more information.

Sponsor a CFI Member: If you are able, consider an additional (tax-deductible) donation when you register to help us provide Financial Assistance to those in need.

If you can't attend you can still make a tax-deductible sponsorship donation at the registration page above.

Not a CFI Member?
You can Become a CFI Member Today and register at member rates.
Not sure if you're a member? Contact us to check membership status.

Additional Details

  • Dress is semi-formal or business casual. Let's celebrate! Dress up & have some fun!
  • The entrance to the Club Room is on the South Side of the Building towards the back.
  • Free parking is provided in the lot behind Club Venetian.

Dinner Menu

When you register for the solstice dinner, please indicate your menu preference from the options below.

The dinner will feature a tossed garden salad and homemade rolls/butter, your entree selection with Creamy Bow Ties Alfredo and Green Beans with Almonds, and Double Chocolate Cake for dessert. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks are complimentary.

A Full Cash Bar will be available (cash only no credit).

Entree Selections:

  • Parmesan Crusted Chicken or Cranberry Glazed Pork Tenderlion (served buffet style)
  • Eggplant Parmesan (Vegetarian, served buffet style) .
  • Vegan Entree available upon request.

Cash/Check Registration

Online registration is preferred if at all possible. Thanks!

To Register and pay by Cash/check please send the following information with payment to the CFI–Michigan Office or Register by Email

  • Attendee Names
  • Phone number
  • Mailing Address
  • Solstice Dinner location: West or SE
  • Menu Preference(s) for each attendee
  • If by email: indicate whether you will mail payment or pay at dinner.

Payments may be mailed to the CFI–Michigan office:
3777 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.

Cost: See Above. Become a Member Today!

Contact: Jennifer Beahan, , 616-706-2029



NO SKEPTICS IN THE PUB (Sterling Heights)

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A

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 Friday 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


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