What we're about

Join other Atheists/nonbelievers for conversation and camaraderie. Our main event is the weekly dinner every Tuesday evening - check the Calendar section to find us. We also have other events, often in coordination with some of the other local groups, and if you want to host something else we will happily add something to the schedule.

For more detail about the group including rules and policies, please see the facebook presence for the group at: Facebook: Dallas-Plano Atheists (https://www.facebook.com/pg/DallasPlanoAtheists/notes/)

Upcoming events (5)

Weekly D-PA Meetup: [VIRTUAL] Online event via Zoom

Online event

This week is VIRTUAL via an online meeting video conference.

The link to connect to Zoom is available where the event location is usually displayed.

Meeting ID: See 11 digit number that starts with 859 in the link.
Password:[masked]

If you do not have a working Zoom application, you can use one of the following dial-in numbers for audio-only participation:

[masked] US (Houston)
[masked] US (Tacoma)
[masked] US (San Jose)
[masked] US (Germantown)
[masked] US (Chicago)
[masked] US (New York)

Meeting ID: See 11 digit number that starts with 859 in the link.
Password:[masked]

The D-PA organizers have been watching the news closely regarding the COVID-19 spread, effects, and local response to it.

We have taken into account the commentary/advice of medical experts as well as statements and orders of the various local cities and other governmental entities.

We are in transition mode between in person and online events. After every in person event there will be one online event prior to the next in person event.

In the interim, please stay safe and help those in need around us. If anyone in the Meetup needs anything please post, either in the D-PA Meetup discussion area, or join one of the Facebook groups.

Use your meetup account to ask an organizer for an invite to the “Secret” Facebook group for when you miss the weekly conversations (or if you need any assistance with anything while daily life is in disarray).

Please keep yourselves and those around you safe and we will still be here returning to normal outings as soon as it seems wise to do so.

Thank you,
Your D-PA Meetup Organizers

Weekly D-PA Meetup: [VIRTUAL] Online event via Zoom

Online event

This week is VIRTUAL via an online meeting video conference.

The link to connect to Zoom is available where the event location is usually displayed.

Meeting ID: See 11 digit number that starts with 859 in the link.
Password:[masked]

If you do not have a working Zoom application, you can use one of the following dial-in numbers for audio-only participation:

[masked] US (Houston)
[masked] US (Tacoma)
[masked] US (San Jose)
[masked] US (Germantown)
[masked] US (Chicago)
[masked] US (New York)

Meeting ID: See 11 digit number that starts with 859 in the link.
Password:[masked]

The D-PA organizers have been watching the news closely regarding the COVID-19 spread, effects, and local response to it.

We have taken into account the commentary/advice of medical experts as well as statements and orders of the various local cities and other governmental entities.

We are in transition mode between in person and online events. After every in person event there will be one online event prior to the next in person event.

In the interim, please stay safe and help those in need around us. If anyone in the Meetup needs anything please post, either in the D-PA Meetup discussion area, or join one of the Facebook groups.

Use your meetup account to ask an organizer for an invite to the “Secret” Facebook group for when you miss the weekly conversations (or if you need any assistance with anything while daily life is in disarray).

Please keep yourselves and those around you safe and we will still be here returning to normal outings as soon as it seems wise to do so.

Thank you,
Your D-PA Meetup Organizers

Women of Reason Dallas: Cross list with FoF: VIRTUAL (RSVP REQUIRED!)

Location visible to members

Although shelter-in-place restrictions have been lifted, we're erring on the side of caution and continuing with meeting virtually until further notice. You do not have to register for Zoom in order to use the service.

* * * YOU WILL ONLY SEE THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE LINK IF YOU RSVP TO THE MEETUP EVENT. * * *

IF YOU HAVE ISSUES JOINING THE CONFERENCE, PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE THROUGH MEETUP OR POST A COMMENT ON THIS EVENT.

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As we regularly have new people join us, I realized we were overdue to have some group rules formally established.

Going forward, I'll include these rules with each event and go over them again once the majority of people have arrived.

The rules are as follows:

1) Safe space: We will do our part to create an environment where everyone can be real, open, and honest with their thoughts, feelings, emotions, and experiences.

2) Confidentiality: What is shared in the group stays in the group. We will hold things shared in the group confidential unless given permission to share these things with people outside the group. If it is brought to the event host's attention there has been a breach of confidentially, we will work with you to remediate.

3) Inclusion: Have respect for each other and each other’s ideas. Don't interrupt each other and let everyone participate equally. If you feel you are not being allowed to participate, please bring it to the event host's attention.

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Women of Reason Dallas has its main social meetup the first Friday of the month.

Join your fellow female freethinkers to discuss whatever topic crosses our minds!

Male identified people--we wish to keep this a safe space for those who identify as women as well as the non-binary folks.

FAQ:

Q: "Why women identified and non-binary only?" or "Why are you trying to exclude men?"

A: The Dallas Plano Atheist Meetup (DPAM) is welcoming to all, but we recognize that safe spaces are needed for some groups, including those that wish to discuss issues unique to women and those who identify as non-binary. We appreciate that you kindly respect these boundaries.

Q: Does the DPAM have other events besides this one?

A: Yes! We have dinner every Tuesday night at a variety of locations. We also have other events that are cross listed with other atheist groups around the Metroplex. We look forward to seeing you at another event!

Q: I don't identify as a woman. Why do I get these e-mails?

A: From Philip:

"Some gatherings are intended for a sub-set of the larger group. With the way that meetup handles "announcement" notifications for a group, though, members of the group at-large get e-mail about the specific meetups targeted at the sub-set.

It really doesn't make sense to force that sub-group to start an entirely new top-level Meetup Group just for a sub-set of the larger group, particularly since that's part of why the sub-group is meeting in the first place. There's already enough marginalization and alienation that certain sub-groups already have in our community, which is why I (as an organizer) 100% support having an event directed at those that want and need to discuss topics important to or support those in that sub-group. When you get e-mail about those events, consider it not in your interest area and just use the delete key to pass it by while knowing you're part of the larger community doing what's needed to help all feel welcome."

Women of Reason Dallas: Cross list with FoF: VIRTUAL (RSVP REQUIRED!)

We'll continue meeting virtually until further notice. You do not have to register for Zoom in order to use the service.

* * * YOU WILL ONLY SEE THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE LINK IF YOU RSVP TO THE MEETUP EVENT. * * *

IF YOU HAVE ISSUES JOINING THE CONFERENCE, PLEASE SEND POST A COMMENT ON THIS EVENT.

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FORMAT/STRUCTURE
7:00 - 7:10: Open discussion (main room)
7:10 - 7:30: Rules and introductions
7:30 - 8:00: Small group discussions (breakout rooms)
8:00 - 8:05: Break
8:05 - 8:50: Small group discussions (breakout rooms)
8:50 - 9:00: Wrap up

The rules are as follows:
1) Safe space: We will do our part to create an environment where everyone can be real, open, and honest with their thoughts, feelings, emotions, and experiences.

2) Confidentiality: What is shared in the group; stays in the group. We will hold things shared in the group confidential unless given permission to share these things with people outside the group. If it is brought to the event host's attention there has been a breach of confidentially, we will work with you to remediate.

3) Inclusion: Have respect for each other and each other’s ideas. Don't interrupt each other and let everyone participate equally. If you feel you are not being allowed to participate, please bring it to the event host's attention.

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Join your fellow female freethinkers to discuss whatever topic crosses our minds!

Male identified people--we wish to keep this a safe space for those who identify as women as well as the non-binary folks.

FAQ:

Q: "Why women only?" or "Why are you trying to exclude men?"

A: The Fellowship of Freethought Dallas is welcoming to all, but we recognize that safe spaces are needed for some groups, including those that wish to discuss issues unique to women. Safe spaces are not the same as inclusion. We appreciate that you kindly respect these boundaries.

Q: Does the Fellowship of Freethought Dallas have other events besides this one?

A: Yes! Besides our monthly gathering on the third Sunday of the month, we lots of other social and outreach activities for all people to participate in! Check out our calendar on the meetup page. We look forward to seeing you at another one of our many events!

Q: I don't identify as a woman. Why do I get these e-mails?

A: Some events are intended for a sub-set of the larger group. With the way that meetup handles "announcement" notifications for a group, though, members of the group at-large get e-mail about the specific meetups targeted at the sub-set. It really doesn't make sense to force that sub-group to start an entirely new top-level Meetup Group just for a sub-set of the larger group, particularly since that's part of why the sub-group is meeting in the first place. There's already enough marginalization and alienation that certain sub-groups already have in our community. When you get e-mail about those events, consider it not in your interest area and just use the delete key to pass it by while knowing you're part of the larger community doing what's needed to help all feel welcome."

Q: I still feel uncomfortable about a group dedicated to a subset. Can I ask more about this?

A: Of course, we are reasonable people who love reasonable discussions! If you behave in a troll-like manner, however, you will be reported to the administrators of this group.

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