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Movie: Julia Sweeney - Letting Go of God

  • Feb 24, 2013 · 11:00 AM
  • Center for Inquiry - Los Angeles

This Sunday, we're going to watch Julia Sweeney's brilliant monologue: Letting Go of God


Julia Sweeney was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says.

"Next thing you know, I was on a quest for something I could really believe in. I traveled to places like Bhutan, Ecuador, and my local Starbucks looking for answers.

Would I embrace Buddhism?
New Age pseudo-science?
Was I a freak for feeling the way I did, or were there other people out there just like me?

I was grappling with serious questions. But, somehow, a lot of the things that were happening to me seemed, well, funny."

Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith. Grappling with the seeming contradictions in Adam and Eve, Noah, the Ten Commandments, and even the teachings of Jesus - and trying to understand the Bible's messages about morality, family values, and human suffering while faced with door-knocking Mormons and wise-cracking priests - Sweeney takes listeners on her very personal journey from God to "not-God".


More about the movie
You can find more clips about the movie and Julia on YouTube. Click here to see the videos.


A complimentary lunch is provided after the talk. We’ll get a chance to meet, talk and get to know one another.


AU Kids
Children are welcome to join our AU Kids program. It’s like a Sunday school for secular parents. The children have another area where they play and learn during the main event. Parents are free to attend the main event or stay with their children during the meeting. After the main event, we all come together for lunch.


This meeting is free and open to the public.

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building.


About[masked] people attend our meetings so you’re sure to have a good time and meet lots of new people.


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Note: Registration begins at 10:30am


The movie is available for purchase at

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  • Stu

    I thought the film was very well done. Thanks to Michael for the excellent job he does organizing.

    February 25, 2013

  • Loren L.

    Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God beat a lot of the Oscar-nominated films by a lot.

    February 25, 2013

  • Loren L.

    Loren and Ute Lee both though Julia Sweeney's movie and the Meetup were far better than the Oscars later in the day.

    1 · February 25, 2013



    February 24, 2013

  • Liz B.

    thanks for showing the movie, it was great to come out and meet everyone. you have such a warm and welcoming community, it makes me proud to be a part of it. =o)

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Alexis C.

    Great movie, great company :)

    February 24, 2013

  • Michael Antonio D.

    It was great

    February 24, 2013

  • Michael Antonio D.

    I'm not new to atheism but I'm new to meeting up

    February 23, 2013

  • rod s.


    February 23, 2013

  • Loren L.

    I may very well be bringing my member spouse Ute alomng.

    February 23, 2013

  • David S.

    Can't make it, too many things to do at home. Recommend the video; take advantage of this opportunity to see it if you haven't.

    February 23, 2013

  • Michael K.

    I'll be there with many other Atheists United members who are not registered on

    February 23, 2013

  • jack

    I'll be there probably

    February 10, 2013

  • Ina

    Are there any other times and days that you meet? Because I am also Basque and my Basque Club meets exactly those same days at the same time: The fourth Sunday of the month in Chino:

    February 6, 2013

    • Alexis C.

      No, but there are other activities we do outside of this date and time. Keep in touch :)

      1 · February 9, 2013

    • Ina

      Thank you!

      February 9, 2013

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