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SECULAR Dia de los Muertos - Secular Day of the Dead

Secular Dia de los Muertos

Secular Day of the Dead

Thursday November 1, 2018

La Fonda Restaurant
2501 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Tickets include:  Mariachi band, dinner, and surprise guests!

Bring photos of the loved one(s) you are honoring to place on the Secular Honoring Table.

Tickets are just $35.

Day of the Dead skeleton

This event is cosponsored by:

Rave reviews were received for the two Secular Day of the Dead celebrations that have already taken place in San Diego, California.

We hope to see this tradition repeat in other cities and states around the country. Your participation will help establish this event as an important cultural and much needed outreach to secularists in the Hispanic community.

A Secular Day of the Dead event is a celebration of life.

Nontheist Hispanics view the Day of the Dead as a perfect way to remember the legacy of dead loved ones in a way that does not require prayer, church, or any religious dogma. To nontheists, our legacies are our afterlife.

Many nontheist Hispanics want to continue traditions and cultural rituals, but in a secular way. The Secular Day of the Dead event will include many redesigned Hispanic traditions and rituals that celebrate our one and only life, legacies and cultural heritage.

More and more people are abandoning their religious upbringing, but still want to celebrate the beauty of their culture. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead was created.

A Secular Day of the Dead has never taken place in Los Angeles, California. The 2018 Secular Day of the Dead will be the first of what we hope will become an annual event.

Get tickets here!

 

Additional Hotel Information

Hotel information if you want to make a weekend out of going to San Diego. The closest hotel to Emiliano’s Restaurant is:

DoubleTree by Hilton
7450 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

Reservation Phone Number:   (619) 297-5466

Currently priced rooms are:

  • $259.00 – Double Occupancy with 2 queen beds
  • $265.00 – 1 king bed 

The price includes tax and an incidental hold of $75. The $75 hold per night is refundable if no parking or incidentals are applicable at check out. A 72-hour prior notice for full cancellation refund with no penalties.

July-August 2019 Freethought Society eZine

Click here to see the July-August 2019 eZine.

In the Ezine you will find the following:

  • Secular Week of Action vs. Day of Prayer
  • 2019 Secular Week of Action Photos Highlighting Two Freethought Society Events
  • 2019 International Spring Festival Participation
  • Photos from the 2019 International Spring Festival
  • A 2019 Springtime Thomas Paine-Themed Event by Margaret Downey
  • 2019 Springtime Thomas Paine-Themed Event Photos
  • Television Miniseries Review: “Good Omens” by Tom Melchiorre
  • Announcement of the CSI 2019 Conference
  • Donation and Information Page

We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!

If the Ezine inspires you to become more actively involved with FS, please provide us with your contact information, including your phone number and mailing address.

Special events are being planned in your area so don’t miss an opportunity to participate further. All personal information is confidential and will not be shared with other organizations.

We want supporters to stay informed at all times. To keep updated about events, meetings and issues, please sign up to participate in the FS Discussion List.

Check for upcoming events at the FS Meet Up page.
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The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

 

May-June 2019 Freethought Society eZine Newsletter

Click here to see the May-June 2019 eZine Newsletter.

In the Ezine you will find the following articles:

  • The 2019 Secular Leadership Summit by Margaret Downey
  • The 2019 Secular Leadership Summit Photos
  • The Southern California Secular Leadership Summit by Margaret Downey
  • 2019 California Secular Leadership Summit Photos
  • The 2019 West Chester University Voter Registration
  • The 2019 Haverford College Voter Registration
  • The Freethought Society and Haverford Freethinkers Celebrate Women’s History Month
  • United Nations Committee for Freedom of Religion or Belief Report by Alan Gold
  • Vive le Thomas Paine! by Buck Bowen
  • Freethought Society eScrip Information
  • Announcement of the Grand Reopening of the Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle, New York
  • Donation and Information Page

We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible! If the Ezine inspires you to become more actively involved with FS, please provide us with your contact information, including your phone number and mailing address.

Join Us

Special events are being planned in your area so don’t miss an opportunity to participate further. All personal information is confidential and will not be shared with other organizations.

We want supporters to stay informed at all times. To keep updated about events, meetings and issues, please sign up to participate in the FS Discussion List.

Check for upcoming events at the FS Meet Up page.

Like FS on Facebook!

Follow FS on Twitter.

Why a Clarence Darrow Statue was Needed

BALA CYNWYD, PENNSYLVANIA — The Freethought Society is hosting world-famous sculptor Zenos Frudakis on Thursday, May 23, 2019 as an honored speaker. The event will be held at the Bala Cynwyd Library, located at 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM in the 2nd floor community room. Elevators are available. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Frudakis created a 10-foot-high statue of attorney Clarence Darrow in 2016. Darrow defended teacher John T. Scopes in the Scopes “Monkey” Trial in1925. William Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate, argued for the prosecution, contending that Scopes violated Tennessee’s Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school.

Clarence-Darrow-Statue
Clarence Darrow

Today, evolution is a branch of science that is taught in most schools. There was a time, however, when even suggesting that there was such a thing as evolution was controversial and resulted in conflict between the Judeo-Christian religious communities and teachers.

The Clarence Darrow statue was placed on the lawn of Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee on July 14, 2017, the very location of the infamous trial!

The story behind the project has many compelling components, including death threats and a celebrity appearance for the unveiling ceremony. 

Frudakis will not only tell the story behind the commission, his PowerPoint presentation will also show how the statue was made from clay to bronze. 

For more information contact:

Margaret Downey
Event Coordinator
Cell: 610-357-9432
Office: 610-793-2737

The Secular Coalition for America's Week of Action

Week of Action: April 26th to May 2nd

Week of Action

 The Freethought Society has registered four events on the Week of Action website. Please visit our Freethought Society Facebook link to see the upcoming events:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/thefreethoughtsociety/events/

Join Us

Facebook Events – Join us!

On this Facebook page you will notice the following participation dates and a brief description of the activity:

Nontheists Join in “The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania

Friday, April 26th
Nontheists Join in “The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania”
5 PM – 7 PM
Ludington Library, Bryn Mawr, PA

Freethinker Table Scheduled for the International Spring Festival

Saturday, April 27th
Freethinker Table Scheduled for the International Spring Festival
11 AM – 5 PM
North Penn High School, Landsale, PA

Nontheists and Muslims Together Helping Those in Need

Sunday, April 28
Nontheists and Muslims Together Helping Those in Need
3 PM – 5 PM
Hub of Hope at Thomas Paine Plaza / City Municipal Building
15th and John F. Kennedy Parkway

Senior Citizen BINGO

Thursday, May 2
Senior Citizen BINGO
2 PM – 4 PM
Chester County Pocopson Home
West Chester, PA

 

The Revolutionary War and the Great Patriot Thomas Paine

The Freethought Society has arranged for a special tour of the Museum of the American Revolution at a discounted rate on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The group rate tickets can only be purchased in advance through the Eventbrite link below.

The price for the tour is only $14 and includes a one-hour guided tour of the museum highlights. The tour starts promptly at 10:00 AM. The museum is located at: 101 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia pa

A parking garage is conveniently located on 2nd Street between Market and Chestnut Streets.

Participants can add more fun to their day by enjoying lunch at The City Tavern (138 South 2nd Street) designed to appeal to Thomas Paine enthusiasts.

The pre-ticketed luncheon starts at Noon and will include speakers Gary Berton (Thomas Paine historian) and sculptor, Zenos Frudakis. Thomas Paine (portrayed by Julien Musolino) and Madame Marguerite de Bonneville (portrayed by Margaret Downey) will welcome everyone to a private dining room at The City Tavern, which was the site of the George Washington pre-inaugural ball.

The price of the luncheon is only $40 and includes tax and gratuities. Choose between Salmon or Turkey Pot Pie for the first course and soup or salad for the second course. Meals includes fresh baked breads, dessert, coffee and/or hot tea. Vegetarian options are available.

After lunch, the party atmosphere will continue with a mini-walking tour, where participants will see many sites and items related to Thomas Paine.

Please visit the Eventbrite link below to make a reservation and to pre-pay for your tour and/or luncheon tickets. Tour reservations and seating for the luncheon are limited. Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museum-of-american-revolution-tour-and-lunch-with-freethought-society-tickets-55928245889

Complimentary gifts for all participants include a Thomas Paine hand fan and a stress ball embossed with a Thomas Paine quotation.