What we're about

What is SCSC?
If you are currently a leader or a member of a secular group (humanist, agnostic/atheist, freethinker etc.) in Southern Cal, this is a great group to join. Our goals include: 

> 1. Networking to build group cohesion and effectiveness within and between our various secular groups throughout SoCal.

> 2. Helping our groups to grow by broadening their offerings per the "CASE model":
> - building Community
> - increasing Advocacy and Political Action
> - creating programs for Service and Social Causes
> - providing Education for our groups as well as collective mobilization.

> 3. Sharing best practices with each other.

We just had our First Annual SCSC Virtual Conference on Nov. 13, 2019. You can catch recordings of some of the fantastic speakers we had at:
https://www.youtube.com/c/HumanistSocietyofSantaBarbara

SCSC currently has two Committees that meet via zoom bi-weekly: Connect/Share and Grow. If you'd like to join one or more and become engaged, please message Dave (Organizer) or Rhett (Co-Organizer). This Meetup page can help steer anyone looking for secular connections to cool events happening throughout SoCal, and also be an excellent place for group leaders to share ideas of general interest and help provide greater connection. Looking forward to hearing from you. Let us know if you have questions.  

Also, visit us here for more info:
SCSC Website
http://bit.ly/socalsecular

Upcoming events (4+)

Backyard Skeptics Friday night ZOOM discussion

Online event

Let's discuss all things skeptical and of course recent news.
This group meets every other Friday at 7pm.

Join anytime during the discussion.
Be respectful and let others talk.
Please keep your mic off if you are in a noisy environment......
You can join and listen if you do not have a phone with a camera or computer without a camera or mic. (even a flip phone will work)
You can join as early as 6:45pm to test your connection.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89454150037

Thomas Paine Birthdate Celebration

Online event

On Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PST)/4:00 PM (EST), hundreds of people will gather on Zoom to celebrate the birthdate of an often-forgotten Founding Father, Thomas Paine. Hailed as “Freethought Hero,” and great patriot, the January 29th event will be, as far as we know, the very first Zoom celebration of his birth. Zoom connections will be made from all over the world and everyone will be invited to deliver a toast in celebration of the life and work of this amazing champion of reason, independent thought, and revolutionary ideas.

The event is presented by the newly-formed Thomas Paine Memorial Association (TPMA), a 501(c)3 organization, with the purpose of educating the public and installing statues of Thomas Paine in Washington, DC and other places of significance to the life of Thomas Paine.

The American Humanist Association, Center for Inquiry, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Freethought Society, the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, and the Thomas Paine National Historical Association are cosponsors.

During the Thomas Paine Birthdate Celebration, the Stiefel Freethought Foundation (SFF) is pleased to offer an opportunity to TRIPLE any donation that is received. A $17.76 donation will be matched to become $53.28, and a $1,776 donation becomes $5,328! An opportunity such as this should not be missed. To triple your money, donate at: https://thomaspainememorial.org/donation/

Todd Stiefel will open the program with a few words about his triple-match offer and why the statue project is important.

TPMA board members, including John de Lancie, Julia Sweeney, Gary Berton, Ann Druyan, Marnie Mosiman de Lancie, Christopher Cameron, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Tom Legg, and Robyn Blumner will welcome everyone to the event.

Actor Ian Ruskin will speak about his experiences portraying Thomas Paine. He will share photos of appearances and will include an overview of his “Walk in the Footsteps of Thomas Paine” tour that took place in England.

TPMA president Margaret Downey will be talking about the many Thomas Paine-themed activities she has sponsored, including her “Walk in the Footsteps of Thomas Paine” that took place in Paris, France.

Sculptor Zenos Frudakis will join the festivities from his studio in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Closing remarks will be delivered by Congressman Jamie Raskin.

Educator, songwriter, and recording artist James Klueh will perform two Thomas Paine-themed songs prior to the interactive social hour.

Please visit the link below to register for this exciting international event:

https://bit.ly/ThomasPaineBirthdayCelebration

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThomasPaineMA/

Recovering from Religion VIRTUAL Support Group Meeting

Online event

This event is cross-posted. IF YOU SIGN UP FOR THE WAITING LIST ON THIS PAGE, YOU WILL NOT BE REGISTERED FOR THE MEETING. Please go here : https://www.meetup.com/rfr-los-angeles-ca/ to sign up here for the next meeting. Thank You!

POSTPONED - ON WINTER HIATUS Ask An Atheist Magnolia Center Marketplace

Magnolia Center Marketplace 1st and 3rd Saturdays

Come join the best Ask An Atheist team in SCA with education and outreach as we meet with the greater community and answer questions from the religious about atheism and Humanism and invite unaffiliated fellow skeptics to join in our community. You DO NOT have to answer or debate anyone at all but you will enjoy the community engagement. It's fun to hang out.

Bring your lawn chair if you'd like to sit and bring some water and some cash to find food from one of the other vendors. This market is still very small but growing compared to the Redlands Market Night but Redlands is still on hiatus. Magnolia Center Marketplace is located adjacent to Riverside Place around the post office.

NOTE: If you know of other festival-like evening events in SCA please let us know. Have team, will travel.

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