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FW: CFI MI :: April 18-24 Events

From: Ruthe
Sent on: Saturday, April 17, 2010 6:53 PM

 

April 18-24 Events

This month's events are held in West and Mid, Michigan.
Visit the Online Calendar for details and maps. Download a Printable Calendar (pdf)

Notice: We are sad to announce that longtime CFI/Freethought member Robert Baumbach passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2010. Bob was a retired physics and astronomy professor at Grand Rapids Community College; Bob presented several lectures at CFI/Freethought Association. He was also an active member of Fountain Street Church and an avid traveler and birder. Memorial services were held Friday, April 16th at Fountain Street Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Fountain Street Church or CFI Michigan.

Help us keep in touch and care for our members - if you know of a CFI member or a friend who is in need of a little help or is sick please contact us at [address removed]

Featured Events

The Privileged Status of Faith and Nonreligious Identity Development (Lansing)

Thursday, April[masked], 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Michigan State University Union, Third Floor, Lake Ontario Room, E. Lansing, MI, View Details ?

This week we welcome Geoff Bathje to give a fascinating talk entitled The Privileged Status of Faith and Nonreligious Identity Development.

Note: April 29th is the last MSU meeting for the school year. Meetings will resume in the fall.

?         Students from other area campuses are invited to attend.

?         Cost: $6.00 general admission. Free for Friends of the Center and students.

?         Contact: Christian Orlic, [address removed]

About the Speaker

Geoff Bathje is a predoctoral intern at the MSU Counseling Center. He is a PhD candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Georgia and he received his M.S. in clinical-counseling psychology from Illinois State University. His research interests include multiculturalism, cultural aspects of identity development, substance abuse, stigma of mental illness, international psychology, and the process and outcome of counseling.

The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture (Grand Rapids)

TUESDAY, April 27, 2010, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Details ?

Presented by Darrell Ray, Ed.D., Author of The God Virus

NOTE: This event is on TUESDAY, and replaces our regular 4th Wednesday meeting for April.

For thousands of years, religion has woven its way through societies and people as if it were part and parcel to that society or person. In large measure it was left unexplained and unchallenged, it simply existed. Those who attempted to challenge and expose religion were often persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, or even executed. It could be fatal to explain that which the church, priest or imam said was unexplainable.

Learn how his ideas explain: the fundamentalism of your Uncle Ned, the sexual behavior of a fallen mega church minister, the child rearing practices of a Pentecostal neighbor, why 19 men flew planes into the World Trade Center, why religion protects pedophile priests and how it might affect a person's IQ.

About The Speaker

Darrel Ray, Ed.D. is an organizational psychologist and consultant. He practiced for 10 years as a clinical psychologist before opening an international consulting practice in 1986. Darrel was raised in a fundamentalist home by parents who eventually became missionaries, he has seen religion from the inside out and has been a student of religion all his adult life. Darrel is the author of The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture. He is also the author of Teaming Up (1995) and The Performance Culture (2001). In 2009 Darrel founded Recovering From Religion (www.recoveringreligionists.com) a group whose purpose is to help people out of religion that now has more than 20 local groups throughout the country.

West Michigan

Caf? Inquiry - The Energy Crisis Myth (Grand Rapids)

Sunday, April 18, 2010, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Schuler Books and Music, 3165 Alpine Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI  View Details ?

Caf? Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion. At 11:15 we will break for coffee/brunch and a chance to socialize.

This week John Doornbos will be presenting part one of a two-part discussion: "The Energy Crises Myth: How President Obama Mythed His Opportunity to Act". Mr. Doornboos will present the 2nd part of this discussion "An Environmentally Friendly Electrical Infrastructure" on Sunday, April 25.

Members are welcome to propose and schedule a topic which would be of interest toward establishing a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Please contact Bob Collins if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Caf? Inquiry.

?         Cost: Free

?         Contact: Bob Collins, [address removed],[masked]

Cafe Inquiry (Muskegon)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Home of Tim Hamlin, 3268 Millard St., Muskegon, MI, View Details ?

Caf? Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion. Members are welcome to propose and schedule a topic which would be of interest toward establishing a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

Please contact Tim Hamlin if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Caf? Inquiry.

?         Cost: Free, please bring a beverage and snack to share

?         Contact: Tim Hamlin, [address removed], [masked]

Skeptics In The Pub (Holland)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Butch's, 44 E. 8th St, Holland, MI, View Details ?

This is a great opportunity for skeptics to talk, share ideas (and yes, drink) in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss the issues of the day and whatever else is on our minds. But most of all, we have fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality.

Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's most famous skeptics are teetotallers, and we are happy to have you!

?         To find the group, look for table signs bearing the Center For Inquiry logo.

?         Cost: Individuals are responsible for purchasing their own food/beverage

?         Contact: Tim Van Haitsma, [address removed],[masked]

Skeptics In The Pub (Grand Rapids)

Friday, April 23, 2010, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Founders Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI, View Details ?

This is a great opportunity for skeptics to talk, share ideas (and yes, drink) in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss the issues of the day and whatever else is on our minds. But most of all, we have fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality

Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's most famous skeptics are teetotallers, and we are happy to have you!

?         To find the group, look for table signs bearing the Center For Inquiry logo.

?         Cost: Individuals are responsible for purchasing their own food/beverages

?         Contact: Jennifer Beahan, [address removed],[masked]

About CFI Michigan

Mission Statement

The mission of Center for Inquiry | Michigan is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

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Dr. Gregory Forbes has a broad education in the biological sciences earning a B.S. in Wildlife and Natural Resources Management from California Polytechnic University, a M.S. in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology and also the Department of Tropical Environmental Studies at James Cook University in Australia. Dr. Forbes also holds professional certification as a Certified Wildlife Biologist.

 

Dr. Forbes is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College where he also served as the Director of its Science Education Center. In 2004 Dr. Forbes was awarded the Michigan Science Teachers Association highest award, College & University Science Teacher of the Year. In 2005, Greg was selected as the Civil Libertarian of the Year by the Michigan ACLU for his work in defending the integrity of science education against attempts to introduce non-scientific ideologies into the public classroom. He was also selected as the 2006 Freethinker of the Year by the Freethought Association in recognition of his efforts to promote freethought and in consideration of his work in the legislative arena to safeguard the teaching of science in public classrooms.

 

Since 1993, Dr. Forbes has served as an Editorial Board member for Skeptic Magazine, an international publication promoting a scientific approach to addressing social, philosophical, and scientific issues with a significant emphasis upon evolutionary thought, education, and inquiry. He also authors a regular column in the Michigan Science Teachers Association’s Journal entitled “Natural Selections; Essays on Evolution and the Nature of Science”.

 

 

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