Ian D.

Co-Organizer

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Member since:

August 2, 2013

What is your religious or non-religious background?

I was raised non-religious in a small, conservative town (meaning we were real outsiders). As a young adult, I went searching for that ineffable "something more" and dabbled in a variety of religious practices. Eventually, I read "The Tao of Physics" and got hooked on the physics part of it more than the Taoist part. Since then, I've been a fan of science and the power of human curiosity and intellect to pursue the wonders of the Universe which exceed any "something more" than we could imagine. My interest in a more active form of non-belief coincided with the rise of the so-called "New Atheists"; in 2005, I found myself in an audience of about 25 people at the local library to hear a UCLA grad student by the name of Sam Harris talking about his new book, "The End of Faith". Around that same time my family and I joined the Unitarian church where we've been active as teachers and volunteers, including organizing AAHS.

What interests and issues are you interested in learning about and working on?

My first focus was on creating a group for the many non-theists of all varieties within the UU church, a task we've been very successful at accomplishing (our mailing list now represents 20% of the church membership). Now, I'm interested in doing public outreach to make the secular/rational worldview more visible in the wider community, to make ourselves visible to those who may be seeking like-minded people, and to link up with other similar groups for socializing and organizing events to promote our non-theist point of view.

Introduction

I'm a lifelong atheist/humanist and an active member of the Unitarian church in Santa Monica for the past several years. We formed this freethought group to serve as a community-within-a-c­ommunity for the many non-theists in our congregation.


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