Upcoming and Recent Events

Speaker Dr. Paul Halpern on 3/22/18 at 7pm

Guest Speaker Dr. Paul Halpern

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the large community room of the Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania), FS will host acclaimed science writer and physicist Dr. Paul Halpern. He is Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences and is the author of fifteen popular science books.

Halpern’s latest book, The Quantum Labyrinth, investigates how physicists Richard Feynman and John Wheeler, despite strong personality differences, established a lifelong bond that stimulated each of them to explore the fundamental ingredients of nature and revolutionize the nature of time and reality. His March 22ndspeech is based on this book. 

Halpern is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award. He is a regular contributor to NOVA’s The Nature of Reality physics blog. Halpern has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Future Quest and The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special.

More information about Halpern, his books and other writings can be found at


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


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!  


January-February 2018 Ezine Newsletter

January February 2018 Ezine

Click here to see the January/February 2018 Freethought Society (FS) ezine.

In the ezine you will find the following articles:

  • Happy New Year Freethinkers!
    by the Freethought Society Board and Editorial Team
  • Tell Me a Story: Nurturing our Lives Through Narratives
    by Hugh Taft-Morales
  • Writing Workshop Highlights
    by Margaret Downey
  • The History of the Tree of Knowledge in Rhyme
    by Margaret Downey
  • Delivering a Secular Invocation in Florida
    by Donald B. Ardell
  • The Retirement of Barry Lynn
    by Margaret Downey
  • Photos from the Barry Lynn Retirement Party
  • Review of the Book “Fighting God”
    by Alan Gold
  • Revew of the Book “An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land”
    by Alan Gold
  • February and March 2018 Voter Registration Project
    by the Freethought Society Board and Editorial Team
  • Freethought Society President Scheduled to Portray Eva Amelia Parker Ingersoll and Center for Inquiry Flyer
    by the Freethought Society Editorial Team
  • Freethought Society 25-Year Anniversary Party Flyer
  • The Freethought Society’s 2017 Two-Month Activities Calendar
  • 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



Submit Your Journey Story

Do you have a story? 

We want to hear your personal Journey Story.  

We have published many journey stories and we would like to publish yours. Please see the below submission guidelines and send your story to Ezine@FtSociety.org.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All articles submitted must be the author’s original work and not previously published, giving FS full first-time publication rights.
  • Authors of articles submitted for publication have “veto power” over most editorial changes that are made to their article. While there is no obligation that any edited version of articles are shared with the author prior to publication, the editorial team leader may review edits with the author prior to printing to guarantee complete satisfaction.
  • Authors are requested to submit a word count of their articles. The editorial team is suggesting a maximum of 5,000 words. Special consideration for a more lengthy article will be given for excellent subject matters and interesting articles found worthy of extended space allotments.
  • Authors must send a short bio and photo of themselves. Bios and photos will not necessarily be published, and are subject to editing/cropping at the discretion of the editorial team. Head and shoulder photographs are appreciated. All photos must be high resolution and good lighting is a must.
  • Authors are encouraged to submit photos with “journey stories” and may suggest clip art. The editorial team leader retains the authority to add clip art or other illustrations/photos to any article.
  • Please title your article. Title assistance is available through the editorial team.
  • Authors are encouraged to use a Times New Roman 11 point font. Please only use one space between sentences.

About Sharing Your Story

Journey stories are important because the written word enables us to connect emotionally to others. We can present hundreds of logical arguments and facts concerning why people should not be attached to religious and superstitious beliefs, but religious belief is more emotional than rational. Nontheists can debate the validity of scripture or argue the existence of God, but we cannot deny a person’s personal religious experiences. When a religious person tells their story about how God has worked some kind of perceived miracle or how God somehow blessed, transformed, lifted and encouraged them, we can’t argue against that. It’s their story.   

Telling a journey story either in person or on paper is a way to build a better level of understanding. Your story can be told in many different ways — a poem, a song, or just in a 1-minute elevator speech. Thinking about and creating a story regarding your experiences and what has influenced your life can be the perfect exercise to relate to friends, family, and even strangers you meet on an airplane flight. Everyone has experienced something special, different, and exceptional.   

Writing about yourself is never an easy task. Start by asking yourself the right questions and brainstorming. Then, move on to writing and revising.              

Think about writing or just talking about a journey story  a story that can capture how using reason, logic, and critical thinking became an important value in life. Ask yourself what is special, unique, exceptional, and/or impressive about you? What details of your life (personal or family, history, people, or events have shaped or influenced you? When did you become interested in the nontheist community and what has motivated your interest?              

If you want your journey story published and read, you must bring to light some personal experiences. Think about any unusual obstacles you had to overcome. For example, you may have experienced economic hardships or you may have had family or physical difficulties. After thinking and remembering, you must make a commitment to be honest with your readers. Honesty is very important for a good connection to readers.

We humans have malleable memories, so I always advise writers to fact-check with a little research before publishing. Facts such as dates are very important. The year of an incident must be credible. If the writer gets the date wrong when recalling a historical event, the reader will lose confidence in the writer. You can fact-check online and you can double check your memories by asking questions of family and friends who knew you around the time of your story.

What personal characteristics (such as integrity, com-passion, or persistence) do you possess that would inspire and motivate readers? Remember that when you are creating your story, each one of you will have a unique way of expressing yourself. Your story is important because it is original and nobody can tell it like you can.

One way to get started is to find a comfortable place to talk to a friend or family member. Let your mind search for special thoughts and memories. When you feel ready, please submit your story to The Freethought Society News!


A Tree of Books

A Tree of Books

A poem by Margaret Downey

ToK Story in Rhyme