SBS-Interfaith Conversation Cafe Meetup IV: Religion & Money!

Secular Bible Study has caught the attention of the St. Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) -- and we're talking!


Secular Bible Study-

Interfaith Conversation Cafe

Meetup IV:

Religion & Money!


Time & Place:

Monday, April 15 (Tax Day!)

6:45-8:30 PM

St. Paul Area Council of Churches HQ

1671 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105


St. Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) is again inviting the atheists, UUers, and theists of Secular Bible Study to have a joint meetup with their "interfaith dialogue" group -- SPIN's "Interfaith Conversation Cafe" (ICC), which is co-hosted by none other than our own long-time SBS member, Steve Miller.

Last month, in honor of National Women's History Month, we voted to discuss the role of religion in women's civil rights.

This month's meetup will be on Tax Day! So what will be the topic that we nominate and vote to discuss? Attend and choose! But we'll be suggesting participants consider a proposal relevant to the broad topic of "Religion & Money!"



What is the joint ICC-SBS Meetup all about?

According to their website (,  ICC is "an interfaith dialogue focused on questions of faith as they affect our world. Open, facilitated conversations address topics of faith and society - by listening and questioning with curiosity, discovery and sincerity."

Why should SBS jointly meetup with ICC?

One of our original purposes according to our co-founders, Chester Barber & Grant Steves, and our sponsors, the Methodist church and Minnesota Atheists, was to encourage local "interfaith groups" to become more inclusive in inviting atheists and secular humanists into their dialogue -- so this is our chance!

How is this joint Meetup to work?

This joint ICC-SBS Meetup will be a little different than SBS's usual style:  Rather than have a lecture followed by discussion, we'll follow ICC's  "Socrates Cafe"-style of choosing a popular topic for discussion that same evening. Also, in the first round we pass a "talking object" and timer, and sit in a circle, to facilitate dialogue (and minimize yelling!), with SBS-like, back-and-forth dialogue held for the second go-round. But with folks like Steve Miller hosting, we've had no dearth of informed, thoughtful conversation about our topic of majority interest.

There will also be a snack available, as well as coffee/tea (but bring your own mug) -- an expenses-defraying donation jar will be out, but Frank Burton will be putting in some cash for us SBS attendees.

This joint Meetup will NOT be held at First Universalist Church, but at St. Paul Area Council of Churches (SPACC)'s St. Paul meeting room facility on Summit Ave, 2 blocks west of Snelling or 10 blocks east of the Mississippi River,  on the north side of Summit Ave., opposite Macalester College (see map link). Conversation begins promptly at 7:00 pm; doors are open at 6:30 pm.

So come on over to Summit Ave. and see what the "new interfaith dialogue" is all about, joining us for SPIN's and SBS's first "mutual outreach" between the interfaith & secular communities, to dialogue on issues of religion in society!

Don't miss this Joint ICC-SBS Meetup! RSVP "YES" today, and make your thoughts known -- to all!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry that my work schedule changed and I had to change my RSVP. But I do I look forward to attending the next event.

    April 14, 2013

  • Steve M.

    In an email I suggested the following topics.

    1. Does Tax Day suggest that government programs have supplanted the charitable functions of religion?

    2. What significance that the new leader of one of the wealthiest religious bodies in the world takes the name of St. Francis of Assisi so identified with poverty?

    3. Is it really less difficult for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter heaven or does correct faith result in prosperity in this life?

    4. What does each of our ethical perspectives teach us about morality and money?

    Of course any of the participants can probably come up with better topics than these. So come and put your 2 cents (or whatever the IRS has left you) in.

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    April 4, 2013

  • Frank B.

    This should be not only a timely topic (given the day its to be held!), but a compelling one, too -- of interest to both our thesit and atheist participants!

    April 4, 2013

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