What we're about

Our Mission: Center for Inquiry (CFI) strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

Our Vision: A world where people value evidence and critical thinking, where superstition and prejudice subside, and where science and compassion guide public policy.

Our Values: Integrity, Courage, Innovation, Empathy, Learning, Wonder.

CFI Michigan is a local branch of Center for Inquiry, an international, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501©(3) organization that encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism, and society. The Center for Inquiry is not affiliated with, nor does it promote, any political party or political ideology.

Central to our mission is developing a vibrant secular community throughout Michigan to allow atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, and other freethinkers to share life enriching experiences, offer mutual support, engage in community service, and work to end the stigma attached to being a nonbeliever.

We promote reason, science, and church/state separation to counter the influence of religion and pseudoscience in public policy, and to defend the values, interests, and civil rights of nonreligious citizens. Learn more at http://www.centerforinquiry.net/michigan

Events are held in a number of cities throughout Michigan: See the menu above for upcoming events or visit our website for our event info and sign up for our email list: https://cfimichigan.org/

Connet with CFI Michigan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cfimi

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cfimichigan

** Note: Meetup is only ONE of the several places we promote our events and we do not require RSVP's. See the event descriptions for an idea of how many people usually attend the various events. Don't worry you if you are the only person who RSVP'd ... You are NOT the only one who will show up :)

If you have any questions please contact us:

Email: michigan@centerforinquiry.net
Phone: 616-698-2342
Office: 3777 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Hope to see you soon!
Jennifer Beahan
Executive Director
Center for Inquiry Michigan

Upcoming events (5+)

Skeptics In The Pub (Ypsilanti)

Ypsi Alehouse

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 teetotalers, and we are happy to have you! Remember that drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. If there’s one thing science has taught us, it’s the effects of alcohol on the human body. Skeptics in the Pub (Ypsilanti) meets on the Third Wednesday of each month. To find the group, look for table signs with the Center for Inquiry logo. Food & Beverages are available for purchase. CFI MI values the full participation for all attendees at our events, including individuals with disabilities, in accordance with our Event Culture and Expectations Policy: cfimichigan.org/culture-expectations-events. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event. Cost: FREE / Donations Appreciated. Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online

Book of Mormon Musical (Grand Rapids)

Devos Performance Hall

Join your friends at CFI Michigan to see The Book of Mormon musical! CFI Group ticket sales have ended, if still interested go to, https://broadwaygrandrapids.com/the-book-of-mormon The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical that tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. Naïve and optimistic, the two missionaries try to share the Book of Mormon, one of their scriptures—which only one of them has read—but have trouble connecting with the locals, who are more worried about war, famine, poverty, and AIDS than about religion. (from wikipedia) Don't miss your chance to see the Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award® winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. For more information, visit Book of Mormon Broadway Tour http://bookofmormonbroadway.com/second-national-tour. Additional Details Note: This Musical contains explicit language. Contact: Jennifer Beahan, [masked] ,[masked] Note: This is not the only location where we promote our events. Please visit the CFI Michigan Event Calendar (http://www.cfimichigan.org/events/calendar/) and/or our facebook (http://www.facebook.com/cfimi) page for more information and to sign up for our e-mail list.

Café Inquiry (Muskegon)

Brooklyn Bagels Cafe

Café Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion. This month, we will be discussing the article "Respectful Skepticism" by Craig A. Foster in volume 43.2 of Skeptical Inquirer. Visit the CFI Michigan Event Calendar (http://www.cfimichigan.org/events/calendar/) for upcoming topics. 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 Café Inquiry. CFI MI values the full participation for all attendees at our events, including individuals with disabilities, in accordance with our Event Culture and Expectations Policy: cfimichigan.org/culture-expectations-events. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event. Cost: Free. Donations Appreciated. Snacks & Beverages available for purchase. Contact: Tim Hamlin, [masked] ,[masked] Café Inquiry (Muskegon) meets on the 3rd Thursdayof each Month, and there are usually about 8-15 people at Café Inquiry events. Note: Meetup is one of several places we list our events and we don't require RSVP's like some meetups do, so the number of "Attendees" doesn't reflect actual attendance. Visit our website and sign-up for weekly emails: www.cfimichigan.org, or connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cfimi.

Skeptics In The Pub (Flint)

Empress of China

This is a great opportunity for skeptics to talk, share ideas, wine, and dine 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. CFI MI values the full participation for all attendees at our events, including individuals with disabilities, in accordance with our Event Culture and Expectations Policy: cfimichigan.org/culture-expectations-events. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event. Cost: Individuals are responsible for purchasing their own food/beverages and gratuity for our very attentive waiter. Contact: Dean Tersigni and Warren McClure, [masked],[masked] (Dean). Skeptics in the Pub (Flint) meets on the 4th Friday of each month, and there are usually about 15-25 people at these events. Note: Meetup is one of several places we list our events and we don't require RSVP's like some meetups do, so the number of "Attendees" doesn't reflect actual attendance. Visit our website and sign-up for weekly emails: www.cfimichigan.org, or connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cfimi.

Past events (1,707)

Skeptics In The Pub (Grand Rapids)

Craft Beer Cellar

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