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Skeptics in the Pub: Atheism, Activism, and Altruism

Join us this month as our special guest will be Joe Zamecki.

Joe is an atheist activist who, in addition to recently protesting outside of Joel Osteen's church, has been working hardest on a group called Atheists Helping the Homeless. The name of the group says it all, and Joe will share with us his interest in community outreach, atheism, and being an effective activist.

Joe has also written two books on his transition to atheist activist. And if the mood strikes him, he might just pull out his guitar and grace us with a few songs related to his work.

Something new for SitP: Joe has asked that if you have anything available to donate to Atheists Helping the Homeless (toiletries, socks, bottled water, etc.), please bring it with you to the meetup, and he will see to it that all donated items get to those in need.

Let's do what we can to help Joe with this very worthy cause!


This monthly Skeptics in the Pub meetup, as always, takes place at the Stag's Head Pub.

Add it to your calendar.

The Skinny on the Digs

The Stag's Head Pub is located in the old Shepherd Plaza. It's a traditional style pub with a decent selection of beverages and reasonably priced food, with laquered hardwood everywhere you look.

But more importantly, the Stag's Head features a private room called The Oak Room that allows us to avoid any undue bar noise, and to have a good setting for conversation and any guest speakers we may have.

Now here's the important part: The manager usually charges a fee to book the Oak Room, but I explained that our group does not have a budget, and so would most likely not be able to pay the room fee. I assured her, however, that our group is good about ordering drinks and lots of food. We don't just use up space for nothing. And I told her that we could put 20 or more people in the room each month, most of whom would do some kind of business with the bar. And she was kind enough to wave the room fee with the understanding that our business would still make it worth her while.

So, we need to strive for two things to keep this venue at no cost to us:

Put butts in the seats, as they say --- We need to have a good showing of members. Tell all your friends, bring a family member, invite a co-worker, anything. But let's get the word out, and get as many people to attend as possible.

Enjoy the fare offered by the Stag's Head Pub --- Have a few beers. Order some appetizers and a sandwhich, whatever strikes your fancy. No reason to empty your wallet, but let's show Stag's Head a little financial love. Keep them happy and they will keep us happy.

Other Important Information

The Skeptics in the Pub meetups will take place on the 4th Tuesday night of each month. Note the standing meetup posted here.

Driving Tips and Directions

The Stag's Head Pub is in the old Shepherd Plaza, easily accessible from US Highway 59. From Highway 59, take the Shepherd/Greenbriar exit, and go north on Shepherd. Turn left on Portsmouth, and after a block, you will see the stag's head mounted on the building to your left. You have arrived.

Upon leaving, you can exit Shepherd Plaza onto Greenbriar and turn left on Greenbriar to link up with 59.

If you are heading south on 59, turn right at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, and enter the freeway heading south.

If you are heading north on 59, turn left at the Greenbriar/59 intersection,and enter the freeway heading north.

Hope to see you all there!

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  • Abraham M

    Speaker did not stick to subject. I was bewildered by his references to the movement and the nane dropping. Sounded like a evangelist

    June 26, 2014

  • Benita

    Interesting presentation. I think we're lucky to have Joe back in Houston.

    June 25, 2014

  • Lewis K.

    Good people, decent food

    June 25, 2014

  • Mario

    Hey so unfortunately I'm going to be running late. But I'll be there.

    June 23, 2014

    • Mario

      Dang. Not going to make it.

      June 24, 2014

  • Sam O.

    Don't forget, if you have items to donate for the homeless, please bring them to Stag's Head with you, and Joe will see to it they get to those in need.

    June 23, 2014

  • Rajaa

    Will, unfortunately, miss it :(. Will need to take my mother to the airport.

    June 19, 2014

  • Brenda L.

    Darn it, work preempted me this month. Maybe I'll make it next month.

    June 19, 2014

  • Joe Z.

    I can't wait! Thanks for this opportunity! :o)

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a schedule conflict as it turns out :( I was looking forward to this meeting.

    June 10, 2014

  • Ariel

    Hope to make it if in town.

    June 4, 2014

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