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Parenting Beyond Belief

From: Katherine
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:02 AM
Hi folks,

I received this message from Dale McGowan. Those of you who are parents or are just interested in how one might raise a child without religion are invited to read more.


This is Dale McGowan, editor and co-author of "Parenting Beyond
Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion." I'm
about to launch a series of online seminars for nonreligious
parents. If you think such a thing might be of interest to your
Meetup members, I'd be grateful for your help in spreading the

An online book club starts on January 27, then on February 17
we'll begin five topical seminars:

1. Secular Family, Religious World
2. The Religious Extended Family
3. The Art of the Question
4. Raising Naturally Ethical Kids
5. Death and Life

Further details and registration are at

Please email me with any questions, and thanks for your time.


Parenting Beyond Belief Online Book Club (Jan 27 ? Feb 2)

Join Dale McGowan for a live discussion and Q&A about his book Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion, the first comprehensive resource for parenting without religion. Choose from seven meetings (Jan 27-Feb 2). Registration for the book club meetings is free and is limited to 15 participants per meeting to facilitate the Q&A.

Register at

Join Dale McGowan for a five-part series of online "webinars" addressing the central issues of parenting without religion. Participants can sign up for any number or combination of topics.

WEBINAR #1: Secular Family, Religious World
Sunday Feb 17 at noon Eastern, or Tuesday Feb 19 at 9 pm Eastern

This seminar explores issues of secular parenting in a religious world, including

o Helping kids to be religiously literate without indoctrination;
o Dealing with church-state separation issues in schools;
o Helping kids respond to the idea of hell and pressures from religious friends;
o Hopeful signs for secular parents in the United States.

WEBINAR #2: The Religious Extended Family
Sunday Feb 24 at noon Eastern, or Tuesday Feb 26 at 9 pm Eastern

Most nonreligious parents are raising their children within a religious extended family. This seminar looks at ways to minimize conflict, resolve disputes, and turn seemingly unbridgeable gaps into benefits for the entire extended family.

WEBINAR #3: The Art of the Question
Sunday March 2 at noon Eastern, or Tuesday March 4 at 9 pm Eastern

Wondering and questioning are at the heart of naturalistic parenting. This seminar explores ways in which secular parents can use the pivotal moment of the question to build an environment of boundless wonder and fearless inquiry for their children.

WEBINAR #4: Raising Naturally Ethical Kids
Sunday March 9 at noon Eastern, or Tuesday March 11 at 9 pm Eastern

Morality isn't magic. It is, and has always been, based in reason. Understanding the reasons to be good can move children beyond simplistic rule-following to the development of active moral judgment?a far more reliable ethical foundation. This seminar describes the difference between commandments and principles and offers tips for encouraging children to be actively involved in their own moral development.

WEBINAR #5: Death and Life
Sunday March 16 at noon Eastern, or Tuesday March 18 at 9 pm Eastern

This seminar presents practical ways to help children begin a healthy and satisfying lifelong contemplation of mortality, using the Inversion Principle and the Improbability principle to flip the whole equation on its head. A healthy understanding of death can help our children envision life itself in an entirely new way?one that religion cannot hope to match for pure, astonished joy.

Registration for each topical webinar is $18. Go to for more information or to register.

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