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Raising Kids to Be Good Grown-Ups: A Secular Parenting Forum

  • Sep 21, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Jointly sponsored by the EHSLI and CFI-LI

Recent polls indicate that as many as 1 in 5 Americans identify as non-religious, atheist, or agnostic. As a result, an increasing number of children are growing up in families that do not observe religious practices, or in which the beliefs of at least one parent are significantly different from the other. How will this affect our society as these kids grow to adulthood? How do families cope with mixed (or no) faiths? Will a generation of children raised without a god grow up to be more or less ethical than kids from religious homes? CFI-LI and EHSLI feel that these are questions worthy of discussion.

Featured speakers include DALE McGOWAN; author and activist LENORE SKENAZY; PROF. CHRIS McDOUGAL; Clinical psychologist ALISON PRATT, PhD; and CFI-NYC Executive Director SYD LEROY. Keep an eye on this space as more speakers are confirmed.

Both CFI-LI and EHSLI believe in strong family values and the importance of teaching children the importance of compassion, respect, and social responsibility. This conference is presented to help foster a society that encourages open debate and critical thought, as well as investing in the future for our children.

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Call Phyllis at[masked] to purchase tickets


Babysitting ($5/child) provided by Babysitting Barter, a local babysitting collective ( Please let us know in advance how many children will be using this service.


8:00 – 9:00 AM  Registration Opens

9:00 – 9:15 AM  Opening Announcements

9:15 – 10:00 AM        Keynote: Play Mates and Axe Murderers: How to Tell the Difference (Lenore Skenazy)

10:00 – 10:30 AM  Without God, Will My Kid Grow Up to be a Criminal? (Prof. Chris McDougal)

10:30 – 10:45 AM  Morning Break

10:45 – 11:15 AM      Morality, Religious Concepts, and the Cognitive Development of Children 
                               (Alison Pratt, PhD)

11:15 AM - Noon      Parenting Panel and Q&A: Good Without God? (moderated by Sharon Oisher Stanley)

Noon – 1:30 PM  Lunch Break *

1:30 – 2:15 PM  Think. Question. Grow. Fun Activities for Skeptical Kids (Syd LeRoy)

2:15 – 3:15 PM  Role-Play Team Exercise (led by Calvin Dame & Amy Frushour Kelly)

3:15 – 4:15 PM  Featured Presentation (Dale McGowan)

4:15 – 4:30 PM  Closing Remarks

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