PAST EVENTS

The Clergy Project: Being an unbelieving leader in a religious community.

When: Friday February 8th at York University and Saturday, February 9th at the University of Toronto

As former theologians, Catherine Dunphy and Teresa MacBain will discuss losing their faith, the role Darwin played in this process, and the implications of Darwinism in a post-theological world. They will also speak about the Clergy Project, the support organization they currently run for non-believing former clerics. This is a joint event between Freethinkers, Skeptics, and Atheists at York (FreeSAY) and the University of Toronto Secular Alliance (UTSA).

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Catherine Dunphy: Acting Executive Director for the Clergy Project and a founding member. A former Roman Catholic chaplain, she left the church when she recognized that she was no longer a believer. She has completed both an undergraduate and masters degree in theology.

Teresa MacBain: Former Public Relations Director for American Atheists, current Executive Director of Humanists of Florida and Clergy Project Board Member. She became a non-believer after more than twenty years as a Methodist pastor. She received her bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Christian Education followed by her Masters in Divinity from Duke Divinity School.

Where: York University, Accolade West Room 005

ADMISSION IS FREE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

More information about the Clergy Project:

The Clergy Project is a confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs. It is a “safe house” where members can freely discuss the challenges they face in leaving ministry and establishing a new life.

You can visit thr public website at http://www.clergyproject.org/.

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The God Helmet: Your Brain On Religion

When: Friday, March 9th 2012 7:00pm

What if we could recreate a religious experience by simply flipping a switch in the brain? What if we could produce the feeling that someone or something is watching over us on demand? According to neuroscientific research conducted with The God Helmet, this may be possible.

The God Helmet, invented by Stanley Koren and used primarily by Dr. Michael Persinger, has forced us to reconsider the neurological basis of religion in the brain. The headgear is controversial because when electromagnetic waves are sent through a subject’s temporal lobe, it can create the feeling of a religious experience, or a sense of belonging. “We basically imitate what happens within the brain itself during a mystical experience,” says Dr. Persinger.

In this engaging lecture with guest speakers Trevor Carniello and Dr. Michael Persinger, learn about how The God Helmet works and discover the origin of religious experiences in the brain. Join us in this exclusive opportunity to be able to ask Dr. Persinger questions and find answers to your curiousities about God, the brain and religion.
The lecture takes place on Friday, March 9th at York University.This event is brought to you by Free[SAY]: Freethinkers, Skeptics and Atheists at York in collaboration with the Center For Inquiry.

Where: York University, Accolade West Room 109

Tickets: http://www.cficanada.ca/ontario/events/the_god_helmet/

How Much: $5 York Students

$7 General Admission

Tickets will also be available at the door

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets please visit: http://www.cficanada.ca/ontario/events/the_god_helmet/

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Faithless: Better without God – How Dan Barker Lost Faith in Faith

When: Thursday, March 1st 2012 7:00pm

Atheists have now been found to be the fastest growing minority group. We are no longer being silent and closeted about our beliefs. The question is, how does one transition from being devoutly religious to being an active atheist? In this compelling presentation brought to you by Free[SAY] and the Centre for Inquiry, we will hear the deconversion story of a man who lost his faith in faith.

Dan Barker is the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is now the largest organization of freethinkers. He is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. However, what makes his story fascinating is that he began his career as an evangelical preacher.

At the age of 15, Dan accepted Christ as his savior and a few months later accepted what he felt was a calling to join the ministry. Dan received a degree in Religion at Azusa Pacific University and was ordained into the ministry by the Standard Community Church, California, in 1975. Barker also co-pastored in three different churches, and for eight years he was a cross-country evangelist. He preached for a total of nineteen years and has over two hundred published and recorded Christian songs that he has composed.

So what made Dan Barker lose his faith in religion? Free[SAY]: Freethinkers, Skeptics and Atheists at York in collaboration with the Center for Inquiry, will be bringing you Dan Barker to tell his deconversion story at York University on March 1st, 2012. The presentation will be taking place from 7-9 PM at Accolade West, room 109.

Where: York University, Accolade West Room 109

Tickets: http://www.cficanada.ca/ontario/events/how_dan_barker_lost_his_faith_in_faith/

How Much: $5 York Students

$7 General Admission

Tickets will also be available at the door

To encourage and promote involvement in both Free[SAY] and the Centre For Inquiry we’re offering FREE ADMISSION to “Faithless: Better without God” AND “The God Helmet: Your Brain On Religion” (details here:http://www.cficanada.ca/ontario/events/the_god_helmet) with the purchase of a Student Membership for one year to the Centre for Inquiry.

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Free[SAY]’s 1st Food Drive, Winter 2012

Free[SAY]’s very own food drive in the winter semester of 2012 was an outstanding success! We surpassed both of our goals, reaching a total of 543 lbs of food and $280.

A wholehearted thanks to all of our supporters for volunteering your time, donations or money. Together we are helping those in need and changing social consciousness. 

From left: Robert, Chris and Kevin at our table in Vari Hall Link.

Robert and D’Arcy outside Free[SAY]’s office with our awesome collection of food!

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