Montana Secular Summit (registration required)


Join us for the first annual Montana Secular Summit! This will be a one day event held on the summer solstice (June 21, 2014) in Helena, Montana. This event is open to all secular, freethinking, atheist, or humanist Montanans. The purpose of this event is twofold:

To build community and provide an opportunity for secular, atheist, humanist and freethinking Montanans to network and share information; To build awareness of the secular presence in MT.

Tentative Event Schedule:
Time Session/Event 8:00-8:15 Registration/Check-in
8:15-8:30 Welcome/Introductions
8:30-9:15 The State of Freethought in Montana
9:30-10:45 Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Orenstein
10:45-12:15 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
12:15-1:00 Common Religious Arguments & Logical Fallacies - Presented by Ty Arthur
1:00-1:45 ACLU Montana - Church/State Separation - Presented by Katy Lovell
1:45-2:00 Break
2:00-3:00 Secular Coalition for America: Training 3:00-4:00 Action Planning/Next Steps/Wrap-Up
OPTIONAL: 6:00-? Join us to continue the fun/discussion. Location TBA.

About Our Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Orenstein is a full professor and department chairperson at CUNY Medgar Evers College. He is a national and international speaker on issues related to the freethought movement. A primatologist by early training, Dr. Orenstein’s blog can be found at His writings can also be found in American Atheist Magazine and other freethought publications. His book, "Godless Grace: How Non-Believers Make the Word Safer, Richer and Kinder" is being published by the Humanist Press and will be in bookstores and online in the fall of 2014. An activist in several of New York City's non-belief organizations, he is a happy and optimistic freethinker who concludes that life is best lived when we are good without god.


Admission to this event is $20 (cost of lunch is on your own). Tickets may be purchased in advance online via this site or at the door the day of the event. Scholarships are available. Please contact us via email for information on scholarships: [masked] .


Parking is free and all attendees should park in the Helena College of the University of Montana Parking Lots. The College is located at: 1115 North Roberts Street in Helena, Montana. No special permit is required for parking. This facility is handicapped accessible.


There are many hotels, bed and breakfasts and camping areas in and around Helena to accommodate your needs:

Helena Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and Inns: Campgrounds and RV Parks: Food/Dining:

Additional FAQ's:

Will childcare/daycare be available:

Childcare will not be available for this event. In future years, we hope to include this.

Who's behind the event planning?

The Montana Secular Summit steering committee is made up of individuals from various secular organizations around the State including: Central Montana Secular Society (Great Falls), the Missoula Area Secular Society, Flathead Area Secular Humanist Association and other individual members.

What are funds generated from the ticket fee being used for?

Funds generated will be used to pay for the rental of the classroom at Helena College for this year's summit and other costs for event planning. Any additional funds will be saved as a seed savings for future secular summits (we hope to make this an annual event!). Just a reminder that scholarships are available to those for whom the $20 registration fee presents a hardship. Please contact us at: [masked] if you would like more information. Thank you!

I can't attend this year, but I'd like more information:

If you are unable to attend, but would like to stay in the loop or join the email list for secular Montanans, please contact: [masked] . Thank you!

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  • Laura W.

    If you attended the event, please complete our post event survey here:

    June 25, 2014

  • Chris S.

    Hey Laura, Since I had to shell out 65.00 for a jump start, I don't have the money for gas and travel to Helena. It's just not in my budget. Chris

    June 20, 2014

    • Laura W.

      Sorry we'll miss you, Chris. Hoping to see you at the film viewing this week, or the next meeting. Take care!

      June 20, 2014

  • Laura W.

    Just bought my ticket - so excited!!! :)

    April 22, 2014

  • Chris S.

    Hey Laura, This could be the start of something good. The more people gathering, the better chance of ideas that blossom. I like to look at as a brainstorming event. As freethinkers we're open to any and all things positive for the cause. Chris

    1 · April 16, 2014

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