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Tucson Atheists Monthly Meetup

  • May 19, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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The subjects of this meeting are Atheist Etiquette and Non-religious convocations.

On the first topic:

There are situations that we all face because of our Atheism that call for response, even if the response is to say nothing. Everyone of us has been God blessed or received comments laced with religious innuendo. It's often good to have a measured, practiced response on the ready.

Store clerk: Merry Chrismas!

You: Ah thanks, and may you have a happy and rewarding holiday season!

It is so much better than saying, "Screw you! I don't believe in mythical beings!"

For the second topic (only if you're into it):

Prepare a 90 second convocation for a religiously mixed gathering. For example, pretend you're opening a city council meeting. Everyone that prepares one will get the chance to deliver it. I'll bring a small PA system. After hearing them, we'll get a chance to critique each one and offer suggestions for improvement. In the end, we may create one, in the meeting, committee style.

Should be fun. See you there.

This is a recurring meeting. The group meets on the third Monday of the month at the Denny's on Speedway. The meeting officially begins at 7PM but many people choose to meet earlier to socialize before the meeting. I start setting up equipment around 6 and enjoy the company while I get the equipment ready for the meeting.

Don Lacey



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  • Don L.

    It was a great meeting thanks to all that attended.

    May 20, 2014

  • Jeff G.

    Take it from an old windbag... 90 seconds is too long and preachy. Try something like this in about 15 sec..

    Friends, please let us all still our voices and calm our minds. [pause] Use this quiet moment to clear our thoughts and every woman and man among us dedicate our minds and hearts to doing our part in the common task before us.

    2 · May 14, 2014

    • Don L.

      Jeff, I picked 90 seconds because this is the normal length of time of the religious invocations that we're looking to replace with secular ones. I agree that 90 seconds is substantial and should be considered the upper limit. Check out Juan Mendez's secular convocation here:­

      1 · May 14, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      Thanks. Mendez was very effective... he tried to unite everyone into a goodwill effort using basic human characteristics everyone has in common despite other differences. He made good use of ca 1:30 min. though I'd avoid using a direct quote as he did and keep it to personal words.

      May 15, 2014

  • Willie R.

    About how long will this last I wont be able to make it until 8:30

    May 12, 2014

    • Don L.

      Willie, we start promptly at 7:00 PM and go right to 9:00 PM so you'll be coming half way through the discussion hour and that's OK. Sometimes we hang out after and discuss with each other informally. It's just that the meeting officially ends at 9.

      May 13, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      Don, this is an inspired idea.

      May 14, 2014

  • Philip M.

    Going to do my damnedest to get down for this one.

    1 · May 13, 2014

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