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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 2, 2018
Emiliano’s
6690 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego, CA  92120

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

Tickets

Purchase tickets through the Secular Day of the Dead sponsors or directly through Eventbrite

Tickets include:

  • Activities for Children
  • Honoring Table Ceremony
    • (Bring photos of loved one(s) you are honoring to place on the table. Any cultural representation and all speakers are welcome to this event.)
  • Live Classical Guitar Entertainment by Juan Carlos Cortes
  • Free Parking
  • Face Painting only $5
  • On-site souvenir store featuring Secular Saint Candles, T-Shirts, Face Masks, Juan Carlos Cortes on the Classical Guitar and Face Jewelry

This event is sponsored by:

The Freethought Society and The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego

Tickets for the authentic Mexican fare buffet luncheon are only:

  • $20 per adult
  • $10 children over 5 years old
  • Free for children under 5 (please reserve a spot)

 

A Secular Day of the Dead event is a celebration of life – sans religion. More and more people are abandoning their religious upbringing, but still want to celebrate the beauty of their culture. Many nontheist Hispanics want to continue traditions and cultural rituals, but in a secular way.

Nontheist Hispanics view the Secular 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. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead was created. To nontheists, our legacies are our afterlife.

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. Any cultural representation and all speakers are welcome.

Rave reviews were received for Secular Day of the Dead celebrations that have already taken place in San Diego, California and Los Angeles, California. We hope to see this tradition repeated in other cities around the country. Your participation will help establish this event as an important cultural tradition and a much needed outreach to nontheists/secularists in the Hispanic community.

Please attend to experience this unique and beautiful event. You will find much joy in the appreciation of the here and the now combined with the remembrances of those who lived before us.

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.

 

Celebrating Freethought Society's 25th Anniversary

The Freethought Society (FS) is celebrating its 25th year of operation!

25th Anniversary

Buy Tickets Here!

To date, the FS Ezine/newsletter is sent to over 7,000 recipients, FS’s Meetup page has almost 1,300 members, the FS Facebook page has thousands of followers, and FS events take place all over the country (some abroad), with volunteers eagerly participating. It appears that FS is thriving — and 25 more years of serving the nontheist community is on the horizon.

FS will hold several celebrations in 2018 which will take place in different locations around the country to allow for the most supporter participation. The first celebration is taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday, February 23rd. The Philadelphia event is described below:

Basic Information: 

The FS Philadelphia location anniversary celebration will include three options for participation. Past speakers will be attending. Comedians Leighann Lord and Steve Hill will perform after dinner.

Date and Times: 

Friday, February 23, 2018
5:30 PM Happy Hour, 6:30 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Comedy Show

Place: 

Ethical Society Building, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Participation Costs: 

The full 25th Anniversary package with a happy hour, includes wine bar, dinner and comedy show is $100.

Dinner and Comedy show is $75 (includes wine bar and live-dinner music featuring Christine Jones on the piano).

Comedy show only (includes wine bar) is $25

Student prices are: 

  • $70 Student Package that includes happy hour, dinner and comedy show
  • $50 Student Package that includes dinner and comedy show
  • $15 Student Package that includes comedy show

Note: IDs will be checked at the door upon entering. No drink wristband will be given to students under 21 years of age. 

Purchase tickets at:

Buy Tickets Here!

Direct Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-freethought-society-12463140535

 

We hope to see you there, but if you can’t attend, please send a congratulatory message of encouragement. Congratulatory messages will be collected throughout the year, published periodically and read aloud at the anniversary events.

 

Celebration Messages!

See the messages of congratulations we received. 
Thank you everyone for your generous thoughts and well wishes!  

 

Join us for the 10th Anniversay of Intelligent Design court case

Join us for a very special event!

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to be co-sponsoring a very special event with the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP) and the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State to mark the 10th anniversary of the “Intelligent Design” court case of Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. (400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket No. 4cv2688).

The Sunday, December 6, 2015 event starts with a free and open-to-the-public 11:00 AM, EHSP morning platform featuring Hugh Taft-Morales (EHSP Leader). This event will take place at the EHSP building located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.

The 2015 EHSP/FS Tree of Knowledge will be decorated after the platform speech and everyone is invited to participate. There will be music, singing, and books to purchase from authors.

The official 10th Anniversary program starts with a luncheon service at 1:00 PM. The $30 program fee includes lunch, afternoon speakers, a cash bar ($5 wine and champagne) and Happy Hour Closing Ceremony (includes finger foods, music, a celebration cake and photo opportunities). For only $15, you can enjoy just the afternoon speakers and the happy hour. That portion of the event starts at 2:30 PM. The program includes:

Welcome and Opening Words by Event Hosts:
Hugh Taft-Morales, Margaret Downey and Janice Rael

2:30-3:00 PM

  • Welcome and Opening Words by Event Hosts:
  • Hugh Taft-Morales, Margaret Downey and Janice Rael

3:00-3:30 PM

  • Steve Harvey, attorney and owner of Steve Harvey Law

3:30-4:00 PM

  • Eric Rothschild, partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP

4:00-4:30 PM

  • Lauri Lebo, journalist who covered the trial in Dover, PA

4:30-5:00 PM

  • Hedya Aryani, associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP

5:00-5:30 PM

  • Question and Answer Panel with Plaintiffs and Speakers

Reservations are required. Please make your reservations as soon as possible as seats are limited. RSVP at:

http://bit.ly/1Md20hU

Join us for the morning platform, Tree of Knowledge decorating party (There will be a children’s Tree of Knowledge this year!), luncheon, presentations, and happy hour.

Celebrate Margaret Downey's 65th Birthday!

The Board of Directors of the Freethought Society invites you to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Society’s founder and president, Margaret Downey!

We are honoring the 3 decades plus (and ongoing) efforts Margaret has devoted to promoting equality for nontheists and safeguarding the separation of government and religion.

We hope you can attend the celebration (details below) but if not, cards, letters and tax-deductible donations to the Freethought Society in Margaret’s honor can be sent to:

Glen Loev
c/o The Freethought Society
P. O. Box 242
Pocopson, PA 19366

For easy donation by credit card, please visit:  https://www.ftsociety.org/donate/

Invitation:  Fundraiser brunch celebrating Margaret Downey’s 65th birthday, for the benefit of the Freethought Society

When:  Sunday, August 16, 2015

Where:  Azie on Main restaurant, 789 E. Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, Pennsylvania   (See: www.azieonmain.com)

Dress:  Nice/casual

In Lieu of Gifts:  Buffet brunch, including entertainment, tax and gratuities, $65 in cash or by check payable at the door.  ($25 is tax-deductible to a non-profit organization.)   For those not able to attend, donations appreciated at: https://www.ftsociety.org/donate/ or by mail to the address above.

Bring  Your checkbook.  Drinks other than coffee are additional, and we will be having a silent auction.  Also, if you like, bring a roast or toast to Margaret!

**Please note:  The number of attendees is limited by available seating at the restaurant; reply early to save your spot.

RSVP:  At your earliest convenience, please, but no later than August 12, 2015, to:

Glen Loev
Vice President, the Freethought Society
glen@ftsociety.org