Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together to meet people and discuss topics of science and humanism.
This month's discussion topic: Can/should we find common cause with religious folks or faith-based organizations?
• To what extent do we have "common cause" with believers?
• What might we gain from finding common cause with religious folks or faith-based organizations? What are the potential dangers?
• Are there areas of activism that we share with believers (for example, pro-choice, gay rights, environmental, economic, or labor issues) on which we might work together?
• Can we work with religious people/believers on issues of separation of church and state?
• Can we brainstorm a list of areas in which we might take concrete action alongside believers?
• What are the short run/long run issues to be considered?
- Would alliances with us strengthen religiously moderate institutions? Might this work against us in the long run?
- Does it depend on how central religious belief is to the individual undertaking?
- Does the scale of the project (local, state, national, international) matter?
- Is there any danger that such alliances will subtly (or not so subtly) change our mission?
- Are there churches/religious institutions with whom we cannot – as a matter of conscience – ever ally ourselves?
• Would working together help us with the media’s, or the nation’s, view of us? If so, how much should we advertise that we do these things? Should we view any such efforts as advertising focused on “growing our customer/ membership base?”
• Do the answers to any of these questions differ depending on whether you’re an agnostic, atheist, secular humanist, or anti-theist?
Past Cafe Inquiry topics have included:
• What makes people more or less religious?
• Free speech
• Gun ownership
• Social and political change
• Reason vs. emotion
• Inalienable rights
No outside food or drink allowed. Free and open to the public.
We are also planning to go out for food and/or drinks afterwards. Free and open to the public.
Interested in leading a discussion or have someone to recommend? Please contact us at dc[at]centerforinquiry.net.
The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.