SBS will be exploring the possibility of finding new experts to present academic Meetup lectures later in 2013 on biblical, literary, historical or archeological topics related to the Abrahamic religions -- but meanwhile, we've decided to remain on hiatus no longer!
SBS has caught the attention of the St. Paul Area Council of Churches (SPACC) -- and they want to talk!
Secular Bible Study-
Interfaith Conversation Cafe
New Time & Place:
Monday, January 21
St. Paul Area Council of Churches HQ
1671 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
SPACC is inviting the atheists, UUers, and theists of Secular Bible Study to have a joint meetup with their "interfaith dialogue" group -- the St. Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) "Interfaith Conversation Cafe" (ICC), which is co-hosted by none other than our own long-time SBS member, Steve Miller.
According to their website (www.conversationcafe.org), 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!
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, we'll pass a "talking stick" (or related object) and sit in a circle, to facilitate dialogue (and minimize yelling!). But with folks like Steve Miller hosting, we should have 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 we'll not be asked to do anything more than stare ominously at it. (Besides, Frank Burton will be putting in some cash for us.)
This joint Meetup will NOT be held at First Universalist Church, but at SPACC HQ'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.
Finally, if rather than bringing out the long knives we all enjoy engaging in reasoning, extemporaneous dialogue between those of various faiths and no faith at all, then this joint ICC-SBS meetup invitation may become recurring.
So come on over to Summit Ave. and see what the "new interfaith dialogue" is all about, joining us for SPIN's first "outreach" invitation to the secular community 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!