• PFC Trivia Night

    Social

    PFC fields a "Bar trivia" team! Do you want to test your knowledge of useless or unimportant facts and figures? Come on out and help our own "Team Third Place" as they compete for bragging rights and gift certificates from Social, the venue. Or bring some friends and form your own team and give Team Third Place (and everybody else) some friendly competition. But however you decide to participate, come and commune with like-minded people - it's sure to be a good time.

  • Attend Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh - "Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More!"

    (Note: PFC does not organize or host this event - it is put on by Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh, a distinct 501(c)(3) non-profit with a similar mission.) The Assembly - described as a cross between "atheist church" and a "Ted talk with karaoke" - is "A secular congregation that celebrates Life" and meets every 3rd Sunday of the month at Community Forge in Wilkinsburg. For more info, please visit sapgh.org or join the Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh Meetup or visit them on FB!

  • Freethinkers In The Pub

    Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

    Freethought in the Pub is an informal community building event offering the chance for participants to engage in informal discussions and to socialize with like minded people. It is also an excellent way for “newbies” to dip their toe in the water, so to speak, and meet other freethinkers for the first time to confirm that they are not crazy or alone. Or maybe they were already part of the freethought movement in another city and have recently moved into the area. But regardless of what brings you, you are welcome to join us for an evening of camaraderie. Join us in helping to promote science, reason, critical thinking and humanist values in the Greater Pittsburgh area. More information can be found at www.pittsburghfreethoughtcommunity.com

  • PFC Discussion Group II - NEW South Location

    Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church

    You asked for it! A Discussion Group 2 - in the South Hills area. General discussion group info: PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish. If you have any suggestions/ideas for a topic or category to discuss, please feel free to submit them to: [masked] Discussion Group 2 meets in a conference room at the Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon. Please use the side door entrance on the right side of the building, NOT the main entrance. PFC will supply light refreshments. See you there! This month’s topic: How Strenuously Should Freethinkers Oppose Religion? Many atheists, notably Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, argue that religious beliefs are so damaging to our society that we should oppose religion every chance we get, from personal interactions to matters of public policy. Dawkins and Harris argue that religion subverts science, fosters fanaticism, encourages bigotry against homosexuals, and influences society in other negative ways. Other skeptics, including primatologist Franz deWaal, doubt that science can fill the void left in people’s lives if their belief in an afterlife and their reasons for personal morality are taken away. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience to all citizens. How much tolerance should skeptics display toward religious believers? Can we be understanding of our religious friends and family while opposing religion in the public realm? References (not required reading): Richard Dawkins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_God_Delusion Sam Harris: https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/secular-philosophies/why-religion-must-end-interview-with-sam-harris.aspx Franz deWaal: https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/morals-without-god/?hp

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  • PFC Trivia Night

    Social

    PFC fields a "Bar trivia" team! Do you want to test your knowledge of useless or unimportant facts and figures? Come on out and help our own "Team Third Place" as they compete for bragging rights and gift certificates from Social, the venue. Or bring some friends and form your own team and give Team Third Place (and everybody else) some friendly competition. But however you decide to participate, come and commune with like-minded people - it's sure to be a good time.

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  • PFC Discussion Group I

    Location visible to members

    Discussion group 1 - Squirrel Hill This month's topic is focused on the ethical and practical issues surrounding migrants and refugees. How do we define migrants and how do we differentiate them from refugees? Do we have any moral obligations to either group, and if so, what are those obligations? What happens if the influx of migrants or refugees is so great that it overwhelms the host country's resources and ability to provide for its own citizens? If the exodus of refugees is caused by a political situation, does the international community have an obligation to try to resolve the root cause(s) of the crisis? Suggested reading: https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/publications/brochures/3b779dfe2/protecting-refugees-questions-answers.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugee_law PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, and you wish to engage in rational and/or evidence-based dialogue, you'll be welcome! Dress is casual. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or as little as you wish. Discussion topics are selected by vote at the previous Group meeting. They are chosen from a slate of topics germane to current events and for the controversy or differences of opinion around the subject.

  • PFC Social Night

    Location visible to members

    Welcome to the Pittsburgh Freethought Community's monthly social night, held every first Tuesday of the month at the Sharp Edge Bistro in the Cultural District downtown. Come and socialize with like-minded friends. See you there! *PFC strives to be an ADA compliant organization.

  • PFC Trivia Night

    Social

    PFC fields a "Bar trivia" team! Do you want to test your knowledge of useless or unimportant facts and figures? Come on out and help our own "Team Third Place" as they compete for bragging rights and gift certificates from Social, the venue. Or bring some friends and form your own team and give Team Third Place (and everybody else) some friendly competition. But however you decide to participate, come and commune with like-minded people - it's sure to be a good time.

  • PFC Refugee & Migrant Policy Discussion

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Join the Pittsburgh Freethought Community on August 4th to help define PFC policies and create an action plan in response to the ongoing attacks on refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers rights at our southern border. The event will take place immediately following the Sunday Freethought Brunch. We hope you can make it and discuss this important and timely issue, with a goal of arriving at a consensus for going forward. This event is being held at Carnegie Mellon University in the Connan Room (on first floor of the university center). Please note there is free parking in the east campus garage next to the University Center.

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  • Freethought Brunch in the Park

    Schenley Plaza (Under the Big Tent)

    Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time. This month, we are doing an outdoor meetup in Schenley Plaza in the heart of Oakland. We will meet under the big tent with signs identifying Pittsburgh Freethought Community (PFC). There is no set topic or fix agenda, but rather the opportunity to engage in a free-flowing discussion on issues of the day, events in the world, books you have read and camaraderie among fellow atheist, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers. Before joining the group, you should buy your brunch at one of the local vendors in the plaza (or bring your own). Recommended is Waffalonia, Mesa or Opa Gyros. You could also consider carry-out from The Porch, but the wait would be a little longer. See menus for the Kiosks at https://www.pittsburghparks.org/dining-at-the-plaza Freethought Brunch is brought to you the 1st Sunday of most months by the Pittsburgh Freethought Community - Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

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