IAF Presentation on Atheism

The IAF has been invited by the United Church of Christ in Newton to give a presentation on what atheism is and what it means to be an atheist. This is part of a series that the church is doing on various religious beliefs in Iowa. They’ve already had a presentations by Muslims, Buddhist and Mormons.

What we’re going to present hasn’t been completely finalized yet but I’m expecting that Dave Grezkowiac, Kyle Bailey and myself will be talking about who we are and what it means to be an atheist in Iowa.

I know people that attend this particular church and I even attended a service, a church potluck and spoke with the pastor at length. This is about as liberal as a Christian church can get so I’m expecting the members of the congregation to be friendly but this is an event that is open to the general public so many non-church members will probably be there.

Since this is a public event, I encourage all of you to attend if possible.

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  • Brandon B.

    "This is part of a series that the church is doing on various religious beliefs in Iowa." I would hope that a majority of them understand that atheism is a lack of belief, and that we are not a "religious" group. I guess the presentation can dispel any misconceptions.

    2 · January 26, 2013

    • Jeremy (J) H.

      I agree with that sentiment in that adhereing to labels too closely can diminish their value. That's why I agree with the proposal that we should reach out, as John puts it, to other organizations of similar mind and intent so as not to limit ourselves.

      1 · February 27, 2013

    • John F.

      I think the best way to get more acceptance of non believers is to get to know them and possibly work side by side with them on at least some community oriented projects. Its difficult to hate a person that is helping you pick up trash along a highway, for example.

      February 27, 2013

  • Jeremy (J) H.

    Good stuff. I hope the next one on Hinduism is just as informative. :-)

    February 20, 2013

    • John F.

      I'm looking forward to that one as well. I'll be there for sure.

      I helped out pastor Jessica on the Hindus a little bit. Most of my coworkers are Hindu so they hooked me up with someone from the temple in Madrid. I passed the information onto Jessica

      The temple is open to the general public. I visited it a few weeks ago and the priests are more than happy to show you around inside and explain their beliefs to you.

      February 20, 2013

    • Jeremy (J) H.

      Excellent. Barring any changes between now and then, I look forward to it.

      February 20, 2013

  • John F.

    Some of my buddies at the Newton Izaak Walton League told me that they saw I was going to be speaking about atheism this Wednesday. They read about it in the local newspaper. The reaction so far? Nobody seems to care... That's a good thing :-)

    http://www.newtondailynews.com/2013/02/12/program-on-atheism-planned-at-congregational-ucc/aoz432s/

    February 14, 2013

  • John F.

    Some of my buddies at the Newton Izaak Walton League told me that they saw I was going to be speaking about atheism this Wednesday. They read about it in the local newspaper. The reaction so far? Nobody seems to care... That's a good thing :-)

    http://www.newtondailynews.com/2013/02/12/program-on-atheism-planned-at-congregational-ucc/aoz432s/

    February 14, 2013

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