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 (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. Center for Inquiry Michigan values full participation for all attendees at all of our events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event (contact information below). 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.

Café Inquiry - To Vape or Not to Vape: That Is the Question (Grand Rapids)

Café Inquiry is a casual event starting with a short 10-15 minute introduction of the day's topic followed by open discussion. At 12:00pm we will break for coffee/brunch and a chance to socialize. Despite much debate in the US and UK, there is little agreement on the safety of e-cigarettes and whether they lead to actual tobacco use. Attendees are encouraged to read an article in The Guardian which covers the debate using several links to data and scientific studies. The article can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/04/vaping-by-young-people-remains-burning-issue-health-experts 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 us if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry. Center for Inquiry Michigan values full participation for all attendees at all of our events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event (contact information is below). Cost: Free. Donations Appreciated. Snacks & Beverages are available for purchase. Contact: Dennis Gaymer, [masked] ,[masked]. Café Inquiry (Grand Rapids) meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each Month, and there are usually about 15-25 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.

Café Inquiry – Patriotism – Good Or Bad From a Humanist Perspective? (Livonia)

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: Patriotism – Good or Bad From a Humanist Perspective? 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 us if you have a topic that you would like to discuss at an upcoming Café Inquiry. Center for Inquiry Michigan values full participation for all attendees at all of our events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event (contact information is below) Cost: Free. Donations Appreciated. Snacks & Beverages will be available. Contact: Norma Jean Wade, [masked] ,[masked] Café Inquiry (Livonia) meets on the 4th Sunday of each Month, and there are usually about 8-15 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.

Living Without Religion Support Group (Grand Rapids)

Schuler Books & Music

Join others who are recovering from or have recovered from religion and want to help others do the same. We are a group of people that know and understand what you are struggling with and can offer friendly social support in a non-threatening, understanding and relaxed atmosphere. We will share experiences and resources to help cope with and deal with problems related to leaving organized religion or living without any religion. Whether you are thinking of leaving your religion, are already living religion free, or you just wish to support others, please come join us. Participate in discussions, share your story, ask the questions that are on your mind, meet new people, make new friends and discover you’re not alone in your search for secular beliefs. Center for Inquiry Michigan values full participation for all attendees at all of our events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event (contact information is below). Cost: Free, beverages and snacks are available for purchase. Contact: Shirley Draft, [masked],[masked] Living Without Religion (Grand Rapids) meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday 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 (1,685)

Skeptics In The Pub (Grand Rapids)

Craft Beer Cellar

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