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The 2021 Secular Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos Secular

A Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular event is a celebration of life. Nontheist Hispanic/Latin people and others view the Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular as a perfect way to remember the legacy of dead loved ones that does not require prayer, church, or religious dogma. To nontheists, our legacies are our afterlife.

The Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular event will include many redesigned and religion-free Hispanic/Latin 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 the Hispanic/Latin culture. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular was created. The 2021 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular will be presented as a Zoom event on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 with special attention to Spanish speaking participants. The 2021 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular is cosponsored by The Freethought Society, Hispanic American Freethinkers, American Atheists, Center for Inquiry, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Secular Student Alliance, Secular Coalition for America, and Atheists United.

          Register here!

3:45 PM (PST)/6:45 PM (EST) Pre-Event Social

Entertainment and chatting opportunities with like-minded individuals will take place during this 15-minute time slot, featuring a mini-concert by John Davidson – a Hollywood legend and musical stage star who lived in Mexico and speaks Spanish.

4:00 (PST)/7:00 PM (EST) Welcome

Bilingual welcome by organizers and cosponsors Robyn Blumner, Victoria de la Torre, Margaret Downey, Nick Fish, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker, David Tamayo, Kevin Bolling-Hey, Debbie Allen, and Sergio Ortega-Rodriguez. Cosponsors and organizers will each light a candle to honor a “Secular Saint” of historic significance. A Spanish Speakers Zoom Room and an English Speakers Zoom Room will be offered to participants at this time. A musical interlude will be provided by cellist Rich Rodriquez as people divide into their preferred language Zoom Rooms.

4:30 PM (PST)/7:30 PM (EST) Guest Speakers

Julia Sweeney Interviews Jon Huertas

“From Heartsick and Holy to Happy Heathen”

5:00 PM (PST)/8:00 PM (EST) Honoring Ceremony

Reservations are being taken for speakers who want to celebrate the life of a dead loved one. Reserve a 3-5-minute time slot by emailing SecularDayoftheDead@FtSociety.org

The Honoring Ceremony will open with dedications from author Fernando Alcántar, Ethical Culture Leader Hugh Taft-Morales, activist and president of Atheists United Christina Magallanes-Jones, educator Consuelo Cortes-Fleming, and photographer John Jones-Cortes.

The musical interlude will feature Margarita Reyna and James Nunnelley performing a Cumbia dance.

After the reserved speaking spots conclude, the Zoom spotlighting function will be available for anyone who would like to participate. The screen share function will be enabled so that speakers can display photos of the person being honored. The honoring of a pet is also welcomed.

Prizes will be awarded and mailed to participants who the cosponsors determine to have the best Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular themed clothing, Zoom setting, face painting, face mask, and hair adornment.

See photos of the prizes and find additional information on Facebook!

The end time of this event is unknown. Anyone who would like to honor a dead loved one will have an opportunity to do so before we conclude with a mini-concert by Gary Stockdale and Abraham Steve Mackey.

To see what was done last year, see our YouTube recordings of the 2020 celebration!

     English Room

     Spanish Room

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:

Using the above links automatically increases the Freethought Society’s AmazonSmile donations, if the Freethought Society is designated as your donation recipient. To add or change your dontation recipient to the Freethought Society, follow these simple instructions.

September October 2019 Freethought Society eZine

Click here
to see the September October 2019 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following articles:

  • Freethought Literature Prison Library Placement Program
    by Margaret Downey
  • Reason and Empathy in the Enlightenment
    by Dr. John D. Eigenauer
  • National Day of Reason
    by Herb Silverman
  • Over the Moon for Neil Armstrong
    by Dennis Middlebrooks
  • 2019 Secular Day of the Dead Announcement
  • 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

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.
Like FS on Facebook!
Follow FS on Twitter.

The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

 

September, October, November, December 2018 eZine Newsletter

September, October, November, December 2018 eZine Newsletter

Click here  to see the September, October, November, December 2018 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following articles:

  • A Four-Month Combined Issue to Bring Readers Up-To-Date, by Margaret Downey
  • Photos from the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum
  • More Photos from the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum
  • Skeptics at the 2018 DragonCon Event
    by Margaret Downey
  • More DragonCon 2018 Skeptic Photos
  • The Los Angeles, California Secular Day of the Dead
    by Margaret Downey
  • 2018 Secular Day of the Dead Photos
  • BSA’s Religious Recruitment/Anti-Nontheist Signs: Activist Report
    With submissions by Margaret Downey, Sally Flynn and Thomas Schottmiller
  • The Schwartz Event
  • How Freethinkers Can Save the Truth
    by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
  • The Freethought Society’s 2018/2019 Activities Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page

 

Ingersoll Birthplace

Ingersoll Birthplace

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 UsSpecial 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.