I cannot remember whether I RSVP'd for Paul Nison or not. I certainly meant to attend, and it completely slipped my mind on Sunday. I do apologize. I was SO disappointed on Monday when I realized I'd missed his lecture the night before.
I was surprised to see how many comments mentioned not attending because Nison references the Bible in the title of his talk. Personally, I didn't even see that as an issue. Nison is well known in the raw food world; one does not need to agree with his spiritual beliefs to benefit from the nutritional information. Jordan Rubin also heavily references the Bible, but I would like to see him as well. For whatever it's worth, it does not matter to me whether a speaker is Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, or New Age. I hope you do not exclude potential speakers due to faith.
I agree with others in that I don't like the heavy sales pressure by speakers to buy books or products, but that just comes with the territory, as it is how they make a living.
As for the group, I too, would like to see more (FREE) potlucks, get togethers, movie screenings, etc. I also appreciate guest speakers, and hope they continue.
I know for me, personally, I tend not to RSVP in advance if payment is required, because my health is unpredictable and I do not know until the day of an event whether I will be able to attend.
I would love to see more opportunities to gather with raw food enthusiasts with no fee- other than to perhaps bring a dish to a potluck. Bethany's classes look great, but I'm not likely to pay to watch someone make things I can already make at home : ) But the event itself looks like fun, I would attend just to hang out with other raw foodies : )
Thank you for all of the hard work you put in to this group,