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Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality by Darrel Ray

Each species has a unique reproductive strategy. Human sexuality is different from other species but not so different that other species don't share key strategies. Even those strategies that are "most human" are shared by other species. Unfortunately, religion's view of sexuality is almost diametrically opposite of what we humans are really like.  Please join us at this event to meet Dr. Ray and learn the difference between human sexuality and religious sexuality.

Darrel Ray is a writer and speaker on leadership and organizational development and author of two books on the topic. He is also the author of The God Virus: How Religion Affects Our Lives and Culture (2009) and Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality (2012). Ray is founder of the organization "Recovering Religionists", a national self-help group for those leaving their religious indoctrination. In May 2011, he published the surveySex and Secularism: What Happens When You Leave Religion? 

Dr. Ray's books will be on sale at the event and he will be glad to sign your copy.  As always, we will go to dinner after, and Dr. Ray has expressed interest in going to dinner with us.  So don't miss this chance to learn from and socialize with one of the leading Freethinkers in the U.S.!

This event is free and open to the public.  There is a possibility that we will offer a children's program at during Dr. Ray's presentation.  Please check back later for details and sign-up information on that.

We will be collecting donations for our current Charity of the Quarter, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Soceity's Annual Light the Night fundraiser, of which our team is a part of the larger, international Foundation Beyond Belief team.  You can donate online and join our team here: 

Typical attendance at speaker presentations:  40-70

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  • Rob B.

    great time. interesting talk and the conversations after dinner were engaging. nice to meet you all...

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Amy M.

    Special Update: We are thrilled to launch Sunday Quest - our new Humanist "Sunday School" - for kids ages 5-12 years old. Sunday Quest will take place during our monthly 3rd Sunday meetings and will be free of charge. Katie Hladky, a religious studies professor at the College of Charleston with extensive experience in senior leadership at Camp Quest, will be leading this program. Space is limited, so registration is required. More information will be sent in a separate email to the Family Activities mailing list as well as posted on our website later on today.

    Please email me at [masked] if you have any questions or to register your child for Sunday Quest.

    September 10, 2013

  • Amy M.

    PLEASE NOTE: We are trying to implement a new way to provide snacks. Instead of one person being responsible for the snacks for the entire meeting every month, we are requesting that each person bring in a small portion (8-12 servings) of refreshments ONE TIME during the year. In order to even it out, we are asking that members/attendees whose last name begins with one of the letters in parenthesis bring their snack item during the stated months:

    September 15 (A-C)
    October 20 (D-F)
    November 17 (G-H)
    Jan 19 (I-L)
    Feb 16 (M-Pe)
    March 16 (Pf-Sm)
    April 20 (Sn-Z)

    Suggested snack foods are cheese, crackers, fruit, granola bars, cookies, cake squares – anything that one can eat without need of a fork or spoon. The snack item should be for about 8-12 people, which is the average number of servings in a typical container/bag . As always, SHL will supply the paper goods and beverages.

    1 · September 9, 2013

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