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Professor Christopher Cameron

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to host Professor Christopher Cameron on SaturdayAugust 12020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)/Noon (PDT) for an online Zoom presentation  entitled “Black Freethought from Slavery to Civil Rights.” His talk is based on his book,  Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism.

Learn how you can obtain the Zoom link by registering as a member of the FS Meetup.

Cameron’s talk will explore the origins of black freethought among 19th century slaves, many of whom could not reconcile notions of a loving God with their condition on Earth. The talk will then examine freethought in the 20th  century as well as cultural and political movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, radical leftist politics, and the Black Power movement. Cameron argues that religious skepticism was prevalent among some of the most prominent voices in African American history, including Frederick DouglassRichard WrightJames BaldwinLorraine HansberryHuey Newton, and Alice Walker

Cameron is a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with research and teaching interests in African American and early American history, including slavery, the antislavery movement, religious and intellectual history. His first book, To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement, explored the relationship between Puritan theology and the rise of black abolitionism, arguing throughout the work that African Americans were central to the development of the antislavery movement in America.

Mandia Thomas presentation 7/11/2020

Women of Color Beyond Belief: Where Do We Go From Here?

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to host Mandisa Thomas on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)/Noon (PST) for an online Zoom presentation entitled “Women of Color Beyond Belief: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Please join the Freethought Society Meetup group to learn how you can obtain the Zoom link. The link is:

www.meetup.com/Freethought-Society-Meetup/

In 2019, Black Nonbelievers, Black Skeptics, and the Women’s Leadership Project hosted the first-ever conference that featured nontheist women of color. With the constant call to action in addressing diversity and inclusion, how can the secular community better work with and support the organizations who serve this need?

Thomas will discuss the conference goals and the work that women of color offer in the secular movement. She will also advise on improving communication with people of color and subject matters pertaining to race, reproductive justice, and other issues that affect marginalized demographics.

Thomas currently serves on the boards of the American Humanist Association and American Atheists. She was the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association’s 2018 “Person of the Year,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Heroine” for 2019, and the Secular Student Alliance’s 2019 Backbone Award winner.

As President of Black Nonbelievers, Thomas works to encourage more people of color to come out and stand strong with their nonbelief in the face of such strong religious overtones.

Getting to Know Bailey and Elle Harris

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to host Bailey Harris and Elle Harris on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)/Noon (PST) for an online Zoom meeting entitled Getting to Know Bailey Harris and Elle Harris.

Please join the FS Meetup group to learn how you can obtain the Zoom link. Only Meetup members can obtain the Zoom meeting link.

Bailey Harris published her first book My Name is Stardust when she was only eight years old. Her second book is Stardust Explores The Solar System. The third book in Bailey’s Stardust book series is Stardust Explores Earth’s Wonders. All the books use simple, charming stories and have beautiful artwork to inspire curiosity about the world and universe. At the same time, these books teach the scientific method and demonstrate the importance of evidence-based reasoning, using accessible real-world examples.

Bailey’s nine-year-old younger sister Elle Harris has just written her first book, Elle the Humanist. This book is a warm introduction to humanism and ethics as only a lovely young lady can tell it.

Both Elle and Bailey will be live via Zoom on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 3PM (EST) to tell you how they came to be writers and what inspired them at such a young age to be advocates of Humanism and science. They will both read from their books so you may want to log in with your own children at your side.

There will be time for a question and answer period.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know Elle and Bailey. They are our hope for the future!

The Zoom waiting room will open for a Pre-Event Social at 2:45 PM (EST)/11:45 AM (PST). Music will be provided and there will be an opportunity to chat.

Bailey and Elle will be live at 3:00 PM (EST)/Noon (PST). 

To purchase Harris books, please use the following links:

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Celebrating the Tree of Knowledge on December 1, 2019

The 2019 Philadelphia Tree of Knowledge (ToK) will be installed and decorated on Sunday, December 1, 2019 in the lobby of the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

The installation ceremony begins at 11:00 AM with a presentation by Hugh Taft-Morales, who is the Philadelphia Ethical Society Leader. The title of his presentation is “The Hidden Joy of Serving: Appreciating Their Story.” Taft-Morales will talk about the importance of listening to the stories of the people we volunteer to serve.

Freethought Society (FS) founder and president, Margaret Downey will create ornaments on-site for anyone who brings two color copies of the front cover of their favorite book.

This event is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring two color copies of the front cover of their favorite book.

Tree of Knowledge

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.