9:00am Breakfast & networking
9:30-ish Welcome remarks & speaker introduction
1) Main Speaker: VSUN Member Bruce Ratcliff - “THE GIDEON’S BIBLE: HOW CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS THINK AND OPERATE” (and he also has ideas to “Fight Back!”)
2) Brief Update: VSUN Member Matt Schoenley – “SECULAR COALITION FOR ARIZONA’S 1st YEAR”
The meeting should last approximately 2 hours.
We hope to see you there!
Bruce Ratcliff was born into a strongly active Protestant Christian tradition in rural Iowa . As a child, he attended church at least twice weekly. The family had daily devotions plus prayer at all meals. Bruce also attended Sunday School, Summer Bible School , and a weekly youth group. In his early youth he was exposed to many Billy Graham evangelistic films, revival meetings, and gospel music events. Bruce became a “born again” Christian at Quaker Heights summer church camp in his 8th grade year. While in college, he worked as a paid church choir director. He met his wife, Dolores, while directing a Baptist church choir. As a senior, he was president of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship - an evangelical campus group.
In the following 30 some years, Bruce became a High School teacher but nearly always also had a salaried position as a church minister of music or choir director -- generally in mainline churches. Bruce’s Christianity became more liberal as the years passed. Meanwhile, some of his relatives were evolving into hard-core fundamentalists, known to Bruce’s children as “Baptists from Hell.” Among these relatives is brother-in-law Bob, The Gideon. Bruce resigned his church membership in 2008 and became a member of the Humanist Society in 2009.
The current presentation, THE GIDEON’S BIBLE: HOW CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS THINK AND OPERATE is intended to provide the audience with insight gained from Bruce’s experience from inside both fundamentalist and moderate-liberal Christian communities
Matt Schoenley is Chair & Executive Director of Secular Coalition for Arizona (SC Arizona) - the legislative voice and lobby of the Arizona nontheistic community to the Arizona Legislature and government, and is the very first State Affiliate of the Secular Coalition for America in Washington D.C.
At the cashier, tell him/her you are with the Freedom From Religion meeting. We have the back room reserved. You may partake in the “all you can eat” buffet breakfast for the special negotiated price of $8.50. (You must say you are with the FFRF group or will not get this discounted price.) Or if you prefer to skip the meal, tell them you are just attending the program, not eating, and they will gladly point you to our room.