October Eventsby Don Lacey on Oct. 01, 2013, under Atheism, AZ Politics, Christianity, Critical Thinking, Environment, Ethics, Faith, Freethought Events, Logic, Materialism, Reason, Religion, Science, Separation of Church & State, Skepticism
Happy New Fiscal Year! We can wish. However, October in Tucson is as close to heaven as an Atheist will ever get. In this post, there will be announcements of local freethinking events, those events that may appeal to the Atheists, Agnostic, Secular Humanists, and Skeptics.
There will be at least a dozen specific activities for Tucson Freethinkers during October not including the outdoor and Halloween events. Thursdays, as it turns out, is a good day to meet with fellow Atheists. The Tucson Atheists alternate their meetings on that day. On the 3rd, 17th, and 31st of the month we have a meeting called Caffeinated Godlessness. It is held at the Fronimos Greek Restaurant on Speedway, near Country Club, at 7 PM. Nancy is the meeting coordinator. She usually poses a question and the discussions are free form, lively, and mostly on topic. It’s called “caffeinated” because it used to be held at coffee shop and was created to balance out another popular Thursday meeting—Drinking Godlessly. On the alternate Thursdays, up to 30 members join up at the Red Garter Bar and Grill at 6 PM for free form discussions. It’s our least organized event but one of the most popular. This month, this event will be on the 10th and the 24th. Mondays are also popular for our meetings; the Skeptics of Tucson meet on the second Monday and Tucson Atheists meet on the third. The Monday meetings are more formal with a prepared program including an agenda and prepared presentation. They are held at the Denny’s Restaurant on Speedway, near Alvernon, at 7 PM. Some folks come earlier for light conversation before the meeting starts and, while it ends at 9 PM, some folks hang around after to continue the discussions. We also have meetings on Sundays. On the first Sunday, we have the West-side Meetup of the Tucson Atheists. It starts at 7 PM at The Shanty on 9th St. FreeThought Arizona has its monthly lectures on the third Sunday of the month (usually) in the DuVal auditorium in the University of Arizona Medical Center at 1501 N. Campbell Ave. This month the lecture will be on the 20th and feature the president of the American Atheists, David Silverman. Members of FreeThought Arizona may attend an educational program on Skepticism on the 13th featuring taped lectures by Michael Shermer. On the third Wednesday (October 16th) secular folks that want to “foster in themselves a healthy body image and a healthy relationship with food” can meet at 6:30 PM at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. On the last Friday of the month, in this case the 25th at the Fronimos Restaurant at 6:30 PM, Recovering from Religion: Tucson Chapter meets. It is a group that “is intended to support those who are struggling in their journey out of faith.” Finally, on the fourth Monday, some of the Tucson Atheists take in a movie in a local private theater. Join the Meetup.com groups Tucson Atheists, Skeptics of Tucson, and/or FreeThought Arizona to find out more about these events. Memberships in the Meetup.com groups are free.