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Thanks, Upcoming Events, New Poll and More

From: Nikos L.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:09 PM
Greetings fellow SacFANs! 2009 has already been an eventful year in the SacFAN and larger non-sectarian Sacramento community, and we have many more events in the remainder of this month. Before listing those events, SacFAN offers its thanks to the following Meetup members who have stepped up their personal involvement in recent months:

  • Jeanne and Sean Makiney, who have graciously opened up their home to fellow members for a ?Superb Owl? party, a movie night featuring Woody Allen?s ?Vicky Christina Barcelona,? and a forthcoming potluck.
  • Mangala Sounder and Marcus Meredith, who organized SacFAN?s first science forum featuring Dr. Ben Rich, a professor of bioethics at UC Davis School of Medicine. SacFANs packed the ?quiet room? at Coffee Garden with over 30 attendees.
  • Rachael Harrington, who organized group outings for Free Museum Day and Second Saturday and also worked on the Meetup homepage?s look and content.
  • Brenda Funk, who organized a morning of community service at the Sacramento Food Bank and is hosting a forthcoming potluck at her home.
  • Tree Schoefer, who hosted an ?indoor beach? party at her home.


This Friday, Saturday and Sunday Meetup member Keith Lowell Jensen will perform his comedy at Luna?s in downtown Sacramento. His Saturday set features material that our group will particularly enjoy. The venue is not large, so please buy your tickets in advance online if possible (details on the event page).

RSVP for the other events listed here, and we hope to see you there!

Wed 4/13, 7 pm: Free Film Screening of "View from a Grain of Sand"
Sat 4/18, 8 am: Help AOF with their Adopt a Highway cleanup
Sat 4/18, 7 pm: Comedy CD recording of our fellow member, Keith Lowell Jensen, at Luna?s
Sun 4/19, 6:30 pm: Book Discussion of Carl Sagan's "Varieties of the Scientific Experience" at Coffee Garden
Tues 4/21, 7 pm: Monthly Meeting featuring Keith Lowell Jensen at Coffee Garden
Sat 4/25, 9 am: Volunteer for Creek Week
Tues 4/28, 6 pm: Dual potlucks in Roseville and the Downtown/Land Park area. (Choose the locale that?s most convenient for you)


American River College Freethinkers, headed by Meetup member Alex Hlavna, had a successful Darwin Day lecture on ?Why Darwin Matters? that had 50 students in attendance. Please check out ARC Feethinkers on Facebook.

At the recent ?Flying Spaghetti Monster? party sponsored by AOF and HAGSA, many of us met students from the newly formed group of ?Agnostics, Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists? at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Also, UC Davis?s Center for Population Biology hosted a packed house at The Varsity Theater on ?The Intersection of Evolution and Society.?


Please vote for one of the following titles for our next book discussion, and hope to see you at the Coffee Garden on a Sunday night in the near future! Poll will close on April 25.

"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," James Joyce
"The Age of Reason," Thomas Paine
"The End of Faith," Sam Harris
"Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism," Susan Jacoby
"Darwin's Dangerous Idea," Daniel Dennett
"The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," Stephen Aldy Guirgis


Here are links to a few articles that should be of interest. Don?t forget to check out the ?Sacreligious!? weekly feature in the Sacramento News and Review.

Also, please forward articles you may come across to the rest of us via the Meetup message board or our Facebook page.

?A Short Primer on Secular Ethics,? Free Inquiry (April/May)
?Washington Churches Eye the Obamas,? New York Times (4/10)
?The End of Christian America,? Newsweek (4/4)
?Pope?s Condom Stance Sparks Row,? BBC News (3/15)
?Without a Pastor of His Own, Obama Turns to Five,? New York Times (3/15)
?New Survey: Those with No Religion Fastest-Growing Tradition,? US News and World Report (3/9)
?The Rise of the Godless as a Political Force,? National Journal (3/7)
?Invocation Irritation: What?s to be Done About Government Prayer?,? The Humanist (March/April)

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