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Religious Indoctrination Presentation & Discussion, July 25, 1 pm, Golden Valley

The full title for this Meetup is Religious Indoctrination: Process, Consequences, and Controversies

The format will consist of three parts:
1) a thirty-minute introduction to the topic, followed by question and answers,
2) short statements from individuals who represent different religious backgrounds, in which they share their experiences, and
3) group discussions

We will explore the process of indoctrination as well as the importance of protecting yourself after leaving a religion, including how to confront, educate, and deal with family relationships. Every experience is unique in how it affects the person, but the process of how that experience is created and executed is very much the same. We are interested in the individual, but we must understand the methodology that is used in most cases. We will examine the process as it is used with children in the family, and how it is used in the conversion process. The best protection against faith indoctrination is to be educated on its methods.

This Meetup will be presented and moderated by Grant Steves. His life experience and academic studies make him well qualified to address the issues raised by this topic. In the last few years he has presented lectures on cults and fundamentalism, conducted a debate seminar, co-founded the Secular Bible Study, and has served as Chair on the Minnesota Atheists Board of Directors.

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  • Hilary

    Great

    July 27, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Utterly fantastic. The speaker was excellent, the format was wonderfully open and laid back and I just loved everyone's comments and freedom to share at this meetup. I'm so glad I attended.

    July 26, 2010

  • Linda B.

    Very interesting, Grant's and everyone's stories really make you realize how religion can really mess with a persons life.

    July 26, 2010

  • Andy

    Grant Steves gave a great presentation on Process of Conversion and the Process of Deconversion. Grant is a wonderful public speaker who shared some great experiences from his past about being converted/deconverted. Others also shared some personal stories about their own roads to deconversion and how their past religions convert people

    I found this meetup to be intriguing, entertaining, educational, and well worth the time. Thanks so much for organizing.

    July 26, 2010

  • Jack C.

    Grant did a great job. Fascinating insights from him and those who shared their stories. Thanks to all who attended.

    July 25, 2010

  • Carol T.

    Ahhh my misunderstanding! Ok, Jack will pick up Kevin, me and Christine. Thank you so much! And thanks Heather for the offer. Maybe someone else needs a ride? Jack - we'll figure out timing as the date draws near, ok? Thanks all!

    July 3, 2010

  • Jack C.

    Sorry, I should have been clearer: I have room for up to 3 passengers. so Carol, Kevin and Christine will fit. Carol and Christine, please let me (and Heather) know what you'd like to do.

    July 3, 2010

  • Heather H

    I also have room for three or four extra, it wouldn't be a problem for me to swing by to pick you up since I'll be going through the area to get there as well. You thinking about brining someone else in addition to your boyfriend?

    July 2, 2010

  • Carol T.

    Thanks Jack - if you want to pick up Christine only, thats fine. Kevin and I are both looking for a ride together there and back. You don't have room for one more, do you? Or does anyone else?

    July 2, 2010

  • Jack C.

    Christine and Carol:
    Your neighborhood is on my way there, and I can fit three in my car. So you've got a ride there and back if you need one.

    July 1, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ditto on Carol's post. I live in the same neighborhood and would need a ride if I get the night off from work.

    July 1, 2010

  • Carol T.

    My boyfriend and I would like to attend this. Anyone near the Walker Art Center that could give us a ride to the talk and back?

    July 1, 2010

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