January 17, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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TOPIC FOR THIS MEETING:
How do we convey the benefits of separation of Church and State?
Our normal meeting format is to meet and order something to eat at / around 6:30pm while socializing. At around 7:30pm, the group moderator calls the meeting to order, and invites any new business to discuss, interesting articles or news relating to Atheism members might wish to share, etc. New attendees are welcomed, followed by brief introductions of all members present.
The topic for that evening (chosen at the previous month's meeting) is then opened up for discussion. Attendees who wish to make a comment or pose a question raise their hand and are noted by the moderator who adds their name to a list. Speakers are called upon in the order they appear on the list, so people are not speaking all over one another. It goes very smoothly and everyone has plentiful opportunities to speak if they wish. It's a good idea to bring a pad and pen to jot notes for yourself as the discussion moves on, as sometimes it takes a while to get to your name on the list if it's a very engaging discussion.
At 8:45, the discussion wraps up, and new topics, proposed by the attendees, are voted on to decide the topic for the following month's meeting. The meeting is then adjourned.
The most challenging part is continually finding good topical questions to discuss. The topics are connected to freethought, religion, church-state separation, atheist philosophy, etc. We encourage you to ponder topics and suggest them at our meeting!