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CFI-L.A.'s Feed Your Brain -- Jesus, an Atheist and a Woman Walk into a Bar...

  • May 5, 2013 · 11:00 AM
  • CFI-LA

AmyJo Mattheis Jesus, an Atheist and a Woman Walk into a Bar...
Sunday, May 5

11 a.m. at CFI-L.A. (see admission prices below)

AmyJo Mattheis says she's an atheist who would go out for drinks with Jesus and discuss the terrible consequences that male-divine, male-driven religions have had on girls and women in our society and world. She would talk about how it is critical that free-thinkers, atheists, secularists and skeptics keep the conversation going. They would agree that religion unchecked is dangerous.

A former ordained Lutheran pastor, Mattheis has written a book, Religion Made Me Fat, that narrates the reality of being raised in a religion and the difficulty of questioning, and eventually, extricating herself from it - which she did. As a "former indoctrinated woman-turned-indoctrinated-pastor-turned-atheist-rebel," she understands the power of belief but thinks it necessary to engage and challenge religious beliefs to open avenues for women and men to lose the "religious weight."

Mattheis earned her Masters of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She is a professional retreat leader, author and motivational speaker. As a Peace Corps Volunteer living in Ghana, a graduate student in Jerusalem, Israel and recently working in Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya, Mattheis is a well-traveled thinker who has achieved the rare feat of changing her mind.

Lecture: 11:00am - ~12:00pm
Q & A: 12:00 - ~12:30pm

Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

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  • Stu

    I enjoyed this, her perspective was interesting.

    May 6, 2013

  • Michael B.

    She was clear and concise; an all-around good speaker.

    May 5, 2013

  • Gary H

    In that hypothetical situation I think she and Jesus would find they have a lot they would agree on. - Gary

    April 29, 2013

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