Freethinkers of UTA

Promoting Science and Reason at the University of Texas at Arlington

Interfaith Panel

Our signature event this year, we are starting off celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary October 24-28 with an Interfaith Panel! It will be at the MAC on Monday, October 24 at 2pm where a representative from many faiths will talk about what they believe, their experiences, and misconceptions they have frequently faced.

Blasphemy Day

Come help us table to celebrate Blasphemy Day!  We will have our poster making session Friday, Sept. 23 3-5pm on 2nd floor of UC before our meeting. Please come and help out! Further Instructions will be given at the session.


We will have posters up that describes various people's experience of being discriminated and persecuted against for voicing out blasphemous beliefs. Let us know if you want to help volunteer be emailing Landon Sommerfeld at freethinkersofuta@gmail.com


Blasphemy Day is actually officially celebrated on September 30 and we usually do our "Stone"-a-Heathen fundraiser but we're tryiing something different this year. 

Voter Information Table

Come out and help us table on Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:30-3pm in front of the Central Library!
 
We will be handing out voting information including: 
1. What we be on your ballot besides the presidential candidates  
2. Who are these other people on the ballot 
3. When do I need to register by and how can I do that?

We will be presenting these information as unbiased as possible.

Bonus: There might be free brownies so be sure to check us out!

Fall 2016 Schedule

Fall 2016 General Meeting and Discussion Schedule:
(All meetings are at UTA in Life Science 101 5pm-7pm unless stated otherwise)


Friday, September 9 
Friday, September 23 Should we get rid of the 2 party system and nations?
Friday, October 7 
Friday, October 21 
Friday, November 4 
Friday, November 18 in Guadalupe
Friday, December 2 


The point of general meeting discussions: To have logical and thought provoking discussions on various topics. Each meeting is given a topic (that was decided the previous meeting) for us to discuss.


We don't mind if you have to leave early or come in late. The meeting starts at 5pm and from about 5-5:30, we'll be discussing upcoming events before we get started in the actual discussions. After the meeting ends, (around 7) we usually go out to eat and have a few drinks.

As always our meeting are open to anyone while being centered around the idea of people who are willing to have an open mind, share some jokes, and present both logical and thought provoking ideas.



Upcoming Special Events for Fall 2016 semester:


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10am-2pm in front of the Central Library- Voter Information Table - We will be handing out voting information including what we be on your ballot besides the presidential candidates and who are these other people on the ballot as unbiased as possible. There might be brownies so be sure to check us out!


Wednesday, September 28 - Blasphemy Day - We will have signs up that describes various people's experience of being discriminated and persecuted against for voicing out blasphemous beliefs. Let us know if you want to help volunteer be emailing Landon Sommerfeld at freethinkersofuta@gmail.com


October 24-28 - 10 Year Anniversary! - Stay tuned for our events on that week. It will include an Interfaith Panel at the MAC on Monday, Oct 24 at 2pm where a representative from many faiths will talk about what they believe, their experiences, and misconceptions they have frequently faced. 

Breaking! "Stone"-a-Heathen Rescheduled Due to Inclement Weather!

Yep! This Wednesday WFAA is predicting a 90% chance of thunderstorms in the AM which would put quite a damper on our fundraiser. In light of this, we have rescheduled our event for the 23rd of September. The good news about this is it gives YOU another opportunity to take part! It's great fun and heretically delicious!

Oozeball and Second General Meeting Reminder:
Also don't forget our team, the Filthy Heathens will be playing Oozeball (let us know if you want to participate ASAP) on Friday, September 18, and our second meeting is later that same day in San Jacinto (upstairs of the UC).

We look forward to seeing your lovely face!

Fall 2015 Meeting Schedule

Fall 2015 General Meeting and Discussion Schedule:
(All meetings are at UTA in one of the rooms on the 2nd floor of the UC)

5pm-7pm


Friday, September 4 in San Saba room- Topic: Civil Rights
Friday, September 18 in San Jacinto/Neches room- Topic: Familial Systems
Friday, October 2 in San Saba
Friday, October 16 in San Saba
Friday, October 30 in San Saba
Friday, November 13 in TBA 
Friday, December 4 in San Saba


The point of general meeting discussions: To have logical and thought provoking discussions on various topics. Each meeting is given a topic (that was decided the previous meeting) for us to discuss.


We don't mind if you have to leave early or come in late. The meeting starts at 5pm though you are welcome to hang out with everyone in the UC first, some people show up as early as 4. We play games and chat. From about 5-5:30, we'll be discussing upcoming events before we get started in the actual discussions. After the meeting ends, (around 7) we usually go out to eat and have a few drinks.

As always our meeting are open to anyone while being centered around the idea of people who are willing to have an open mind, share some jokes, and present both logical and thought provoking ideas.



Upcoming Special Events for Fall 2015 semester:


Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - "Stone"-a-Heathen - will do a fun water splashing fundraiser at some point during this month. Let us know if you want to help volunteer be emailing Karen Jones at freethinkersofuta@gmail.com 


October 25-31 - Graveyard of the Gods & Superstition Bash- We will make a display of many of the Gods that no one or almost no one believes in anymore. In addition, we will be doing a Superstition Bash (https://secularstudents.org/superstitionbash). If you would like to assist making these "tombstones" for these Gods or help with any other part of the set up, contact Karen Jones at freethinkersofuta@gmail.com

Distributing Food at North Texas Food Bank: Full on Faith

Come join our fellow heathens with volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank!



Here's some important follow-up info on the 2015 NTFB Full on Faith event.


Please share with your groups on social media and MeetUp. Feel free to forward to anyone I've failed to include on this group email.

Greg and I will bring the DFWCoR banner. All other groups represented may bring their banners for a group photo.

I suggest that everyone who attends wears a "secular" t-shirt just in case we are caught on media footage.

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Laura



Shift Confirmation:


Hi Laura!

 

Thank you for choosing to fight hunger with the North Texas Food Bank!  With your help, we are able to distribute food to hungry children, families and seniors in our community.  Below is your confirmation.  If applicable, feel free to share the information with members of your group.

 

[[PASTING TABLES IS NOT SUPPORTED]]

Name                               Laura Cox

Company/Group            DFW Coalition of Reason

Group Size                      30  (please notify us of changes to group size)

Date of Shift                    Sat. 8/8

Time of Shift                   1:00-3:30 PM  (orientation will start promptly at 1)

Location                          North Texas Food Bank

                                          4500 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Dallas, TX  75236

Parking                            Carpooling is highly recommended.  Limited parking is available in our front lot.  Thank you for

                                          not parking in a reserved spot.  Overflow volunteer parking is along Shilling Way. 

Project                             Sorting, boxing and/or bagging food in a warehouse environment.

Attire                                 Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and should dress

                                          comfortably.

Age                                   Due to safety guidelines, all attendees must be 10 years of age or older.  Any volunteer 

                                          between the ages of 10 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (1 chaperone for

                                          every 7 youths).

Proof of Service              Please ask the receptionist for a form after the shift.

Special Instructions      Should inclement weather force us to close a shift, we will change the greeting of our volunteer

                                           phone line 214.270.2055.


 

We’ll see you at the North Texas Food Bank, where every meal makes a difference!

 

Sincerely,

Amanda Mota

North Texas Food Bank

Volunteer Experience Associate

Direct: 214.270.2055

Stay updated on their facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/381582978700778/

4th of July Parade with our Fellow Heathens!

Our affiliate and sponsor, Metroplex Atheists is again sponsoring an entry in the 2015 Arlington 4th of July parade. Everyone is invited to join us in representing our community as being patriotic without god.

Freethinkers, Humanists, Agnostics, Atheists, Skeptics, etc., come walk with your fellow non-believers and show DFW that millions of Americans are patriotic without god.

Find us in spot #116 of the Parade Assembly Area!

The parade starts at 9:00 a.m., but we all need to be at our designated line-up spot by 8:30.

We strongly suggest that you park (for free) at Maverick Stadium and catch the provided shuttle. The shuttle buses will begin running from Maverick Stadium at 6:30 a.m. and will be running after the parade to return to Maverick Stadium. There will be no dropping off on Cooper Street; the Arlington Police Department will strictly enforce this rule with no exceptions.The shuttle buses will stop dropping off at 8:30 a.m. and will start back up again when the parade ends. So please be early!

Please understand that this event is outdoors during July. From start to finish, we are typically on the pavement for four hours. Hydrate before the parade, bring your own bottled water (we'll have coolers in the back of the truck) and wear sunscreen.

Children are welcome. However, if they are under the age of eight, they must ride in a wagon or stroller; they are not allowed to walk the route.

There will be limited seating in the truck, and we give preference to our older members and pregnant women.

Also, we are not allowed to hand out material of any kind to the crowd or carry signs that are not a part of the parade theme though there may be no parade theme this year as this is billed as the 50th anniversary parade.

After-parade lunch gathering will be held at ?????????????????
Arlington, TX 76018

To stay updated, join the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/112026015801119/
I've been informed that not everyone can see the event. This is probably due to the creator of the event not making the event public. If you can't access the event but want to, send a friend request to Karen Jones and message her that you want access to the facebook event. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000072946730

Find further information here:

http://arlington4th.org/participants/

Spring 2015 Meeting Schedule

Spring 2015 Meeting Schedule:
(All meetings are at UTA in one of the rooms on the 2nd floor of the UC)

5pm-7pm

January 30 - Guadalupe
Feb. 13 - Palo Pinto
Feb. 27 - San Saba
March 20 - San Saba
April 10 - San Saba
April 23 (Thursday) - Palo Pinto
May 1 - San Jacinto/Neches

Upcoming Special Events for Spring 2015 semester:
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Ask an Atheist Day - will do tabling around this day

"Stone"-a-Heathen Poster Making Session

Monday, September 8th, 2014

This is the first of a couple opportunities to come out and make some posters for heathens to hold up during the event. There will be at least one other event later this week and/or early next week to make posters and water balloons. So come out with some stone-able offenses in mind and a marker in hand. I plan to be upstairs in the UC on Monday at 3:00pm til at least 6pm but probably longer. I'll have the Freethinker T-shirt on so you guys can find  me. We'll have some markers on hand but feel free to bring you own crafting supplies to make a stellar stoning sign.

To get a better idea as to what we're doing, see the following links
"Stone"-a-Heathen Photos on MavOrgs 
"Stone"-a-Heathen details
"Stone"-a-Heathen Fundraiser Event on Facebook 
- I posted some examples of what to write on the signs here

Fall 2014 Meeting Schedule

Fall 2014 Meeting Schedule:

 Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – Concho, U.C.

 Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – Concho, U.C.

 Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Blanco, U.C.

 Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – Concho, U.C.

 Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – San Jacinto, U.C.

 Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – Blanco, U.C.

 Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – Palo Pinto, U.C.

 Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – Most likely Old School Pizza and Suds


Regular meetings are 5-7:00pm,

Meetup with Metroplex Atheist at 7:00pm at J. Gilligan's Bar & Grill

First Meeting of the Fall Semester

Our first meeting of the Fall semester will be on Tuesday, August 31st at 6:00pm in the Palo Pinto room of the University Center.

Fall 2010 Meeting Schedule

Fall 2010 Meeting Schedule:

 Tuesday, August 31, 2010 – Palo Pinto, U.C.

 Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - Life Science Room 128

 Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - Palo Pinto, U.C.

 Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - Red River, U.C.

 Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - Palo Pinto, U.C.

 Tuesday, November 6, 2010 - Palo Pinto, U.C.

 Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - Palo Pinto, U.C.


Regular meetings are at 6:00pm,

Discussion starts at 6:30pm

Next Meeting - April 8, 2010

Our next meeting is on Thursday, April 8th at 5:30pm in the Life Science Building Room 102.

Our discussion will be on "Religion and Homosexuality".

Also, prior to our meeting, the Department of Philosophy and Humanities is sponsoring a lecture by Evan Fales, Associate Professor of Philosophy, The University of Iowa titled, "Laws Require a Lawgiver". The talk will be on Thursday, April 8th from 3:30-5:30 in 100 Nedderman Hall.  The abstract is as follows:

ABSTRACT:  An increasingly popular proof for the existence of God begins with the premise that there are objective moral values - in particular, moral duties - and argues that this can only be explained by supposing there to be a supreme law-giver, namely God.  What typically results is either a Divine Command theory of moral obligation (or something similar), or a natural-law theory that derives morality from a divinely ordained human nature.  I will discuss two prominent Divine Command theories, that of Robert Adams and that of Stephen Evans (which is a hybrid with a natural-law theory).  I'll argue that Divine Command theories and their ilk suffer from fatal difficulties.  Natural-law theories are plausible, if God exists, but can't be used to prove His existence, and they are less plausible, on the evidence, than a naturalistic natural-law theory.  I suggest that the latter has the best prospects for providing an objective foundation for morality.

Spring 2010 Meeting Schedule

Thursday, January 28
San Saba Room, U.C.

Thursday, February 25
Neches/Pedernales Rooms, U.C.

Thursday, March 11
Guadalupe Room, U.C.

Thursday, March 25
Life Science 102

Thursday, April 08
Life Science 102

Thursday, April 22
Guadalupe Room, U.C.

Thursday, May 6
Guadalupe Room, U.C.


*Regular meetings are at 5:30pm, Discussion starts at 6:00pm

Meeting - March 11, 2010

Darwin Day 2010

 

Fall 2009 Meeting Schedule

Freethinkers of UTA

Fall 2009 Meeting Schedule:


Thursday, August 27, 2009 - Guadalupe, U.C.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - Life Science 122

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - Event at SMU

Thursday, October 8, 2009 - Life Science 122

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - Guadalupe, U.C.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - Guadalupe, U.C.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - Guadalupe, U.C.

Thursday, December 3, 2009 - Guadalupe, U.C.

*Regular meetings are at 5:30pm, Discussion starts at 6:00pm


Dan Barker at UTA




Parking Info for Event:

There are two parking options for the event.  There is a public parking garage across the street from the Life Science Building that can be used for a fee.  Also, free parking will be available in Lot 49 off of Cooper Street (if parking in Lot 49, you will have to walk across the pedestrian bridge and Faculty Lot 10 to get to the Life Science Building).  The map below highlights the building and two parking options.



http://www.uta.edu/maps/map?id=LS

SMU Event: Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

Instead of having a regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24th, we have decided to take a field trip to SMU. Our discussion topic for the next meeting was to be "Intelligent Design", and coincidentally, SMU is having a viewing of the documentary about the Dover trial in Pennsylvania that put "intelligent design on trial" and having a panel discussion involving the judge in that case.

Information can be found here: http://smu.edu/smunews/darwin/events.asp

Specifically, on Sept. 24, 2009 :

4-6 p.m.: Screening of "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial," a NOVA documentary. Introduction by Paula Apsell, senior executive producer of NOVA, who received an honorary degree from SMU in 2008.
- O'Donnell Hall - Owen Art Center

6-7 p.m.: Reception
- Caruth Auditorium - Owen Art Center

7-8:30 p.m.: A panel discussion on the legal, ethical and journalistic issues surrounding the making of NOVA’s documentary film, Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial. Participants include John E. Jones, the federal judge who barred a Dover, Pa., public school district in 2005 from teaching "intelligent design"; Paula Apsell and Melanie Wallace, NOVA producers of the documentary; plaintiff's council Eric Rothschild; and Laurie Lebo, author of The Devil in Dover.
- Caruth Auditorium - Owen Art Center


Car pool information can be worked out on the Event wall on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136473377998

Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions

On Saturday, May 9th, we will be meeting at the UTA Planetarium at 7:15pm for the 7:30pm showing of "Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions":

Based on the popular book and Web site of the same name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the cosmos. Join the "Bad Astronomer", Phil Plait, as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show audiences how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims. Bad Astronomy will interest both new and experienced astronomers of all ages as it examines bad science wherever it can be found.

Ticket Prices for Public Shows:
Adults $5
Seniors (55 and over) $4
Children (18 and under) $4
Non-UT Arlington Students $4
UT Arlington faculty, staff, and alumni with ID $3
UT Arlington students with ID $2
http://www.uta.edu/planetarium/public-shows-and-events/public-shows/show.php?id=36

The God Dialogues

Darwin Day at UTA

February 12, 2009 is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin.  The Biology Department is having an all-day event (details below).  The Freethinkers of UTA are having a social event at 5:30pm on Darwin Day in Life Science 101, where we will be having pizza, cake, and viewing the documentary, Kansas vs. Darwin.  A discussion about how what happened in Kansas is relevant to Texas will follow.






Spring 2009 Meeting Schedule

Freethinkers of UTA

Spring 2009 Meeting Schedule

 

 

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:00pm

 

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Darwin Day

 

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:00pm

 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:00pm

 

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Gameworks at Grapevine Mills

7:00pm

 

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The God Dialogues
Red River/Concho
, U.C.
8:00pm

 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:30pm

 

Thursday, May 7, 2009

TBA

 

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=300+W+1st+St,+Arlington,+TX+76010&sll=32.625208,-97.396094&sspn=0.009397,0.019312&ie=UTF8&ll=32.733646,-97.110643&spn=0.009386,0.019312&z=16&iwloc=addr

Fall 2008 Meeting Schedule

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:00pm

 

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:00pm

 

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:00pm

 

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Palo Pinto Room, U.C.

5:00pm

 

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:00pm

 

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:00pm

 

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:00pm

 

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Guadalupe Room, U.C.

5:00pm


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Lori Lipman Brown at UTA

Parenting Beyond Belief Seminar

Roy Zimmerman is coming to Arlington!

Debate: Is God Good?



Zachary Moore, Executive Director of the North Texas Church of Freethought, will be debating local Christian apologist John Ferrer next Thursday, April 10th at 7PM at the University of Texas at Arlington, in room 124 of the Life Science Building. The question at issue: "Is God Good?" John will be taking the affirmative, and Zach will be taking the negative position. You may think you know all there is to know about God and morality, but this debate will bring up some crucial issues that you don't want to miss out on.

UTA Life Science Building:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=501+S.+Nedderman+Dr.+Arlington,+Texas&hl=en

Free parking is available in lots 47 and 49 and there is paid parking in the Parking Garage.

Speaker: Ellery Schempp



Dr. Ellery Schempp will be visiting the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex from February
28th through March 2nd, 2008. While here, he will be speaking at the University
of Texas at Arlington
on behalf of the Freethinkers of UTA. This event will take
place on Thursday, February 28th, at 7:00 PM in the Red River room of the UTA
University Center. His presentation will be entitled, "Our Constitution and the Bible,"
and will examine in detail the lack of any religious directives or mention of any deity in
our nation's founding document. His talk will also explore the political theory advocated
by the Christian Bible, with an emphasis on its lack of any support for democracy or
the civil liberties that are essential to American government. Dr. Schempp will also be
speaking generally on the subject of church/state separation.

A book sale/signing for “Ellery's Protest: How One Young Man Defied Tradition and
Sparked the Battle over School Prayer” will be held prior to the Dr. Schempp’s talk at
UTA in the same location, starting at 6:00 PM.

In addition to his appearance for the Freethinkers of UTA, Dr. Schempp will be the
featured speaker at the North Texas Church of Freethought monthly service,
where he will be addressing the question of whether atheism or secular humanism can
be considered religions. This event will take place on Sunday, March 2nd, at
10:30 AM
at the Wyndham DFW Airport North. His presentation will address the
need for equal status in society between theists and non-theists, despite their different
world perspectives. Dr. Schempp will explore the legal and social implications of
regarding secular humanism in the same light as traditional theistic religions.

Following his presentation, Dr. Schempp will answer questions from the general
audience. Both events will be open to the public. Dr. Schempp's schedule also
includes appearances at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and the Pathways
Unitarian Universalist Church in Southlake.


These events are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and speak with an
important figure in the history of religious freedom in America - be sure to
come to both events, and bring a friend or two!

 
About Ellery Schempp:

Dr. Ellery Schempp is a native of Abington Township, Pennsylvania. While attending
high school in 1956, Dr. Schempp and his fellow students were required by state law
to read ten verses from the Bible every day. As a Unitarian, Dr. Schempp protested
this requirement, which resulted in school discipline. His father Edward accepted help
from the American Civil Liberties Union and brought a lawsuit against the school district,
which eventually was heard by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1963. Their
decision rendered unconstitutional any school-led Bible reading in public schools. In
addition to his role in the struggle to keep church and state separate, Dr. Schempp
is an accomplished physicist, whose work has helped develop the principles which have
led to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a crucial medical imaging technology. Dr.
Schempp is a member of the American Humanist Association, Americans United for
Separation of Church and State, and serves on the Advisory Board to the Secular
Student Alliance.

Directions:

NTCOF Event:

Dr. Schempp will be speaking at the NTCOF regular monthly meeting, held at the
Wyndham DFW Airport North, 4441 W. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, Texas
75063. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=4441+W.+John+Carpenter+Freeway,+Irving,+Texas&sll=32.734368,-97.110729&sspn=0.008068,0.020084&ie=UTF8&ll=32.918016,-97.007496&spn=0.008052,0.020084&z=16&iwloc=addr

 

UTA Event:

Dr. Schempp will be speaking in the Red River room of the E.W. Hereford University
Center, 300 W First St, Arlington, TX 76010.  http://maps.google.com/maps?q=300+W.+First+St.+Arlington,+Texas&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=32.734368,-97.110729&spn=0.008068,0.020084&z=16&iwloc=addr

 

Free parking is available in lot 40 on Pecan Street and paid parking is available in the
Parking Garage.  The University Center is circled in red and the 2 parking options are
circled in green:




Spring 2008 Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

When: 5:00pm

Where: Neches/Pedernales, upstairs U.C.

 

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

When: 5:00pm

Where: 213 Trimble Hall

http://www.uta.edu/maps/map?id=TH

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

When: 5:00pm

Where: Neches/Pedernales, upstairs U.C.

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

When: 5:00pm

Where: Neches/Pedernales, upstairs U.C. - CANCELED

***Our March 4th meeting has been canceled so that our members can attend the Texas primary and caucus if they so choose***


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

When: 5:00pm

Where: Guadalupe room,  upstairs U.C.

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

When: 5:00pm

Where: Neches/Pedernales, upstairs U.C.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

When: 5:00pm

Where: 213 Trimble Hall

http://www.uta.edu/maps/map?id=TH

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

When: 5:00pm

Where: Neches/Pedernales, upstairs U.C.

 

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

When: 5:00pm

Where: Neches/Pedernales, upstairs U.C.

 

            The Freethinkers of UTA are proud to have Ellery Schempp coming to campus on Thursday, February 28, to discuss “Our Constitution and the Bible.” The event will start at 7:00pm and will be located in the Red River room of University Center (http://www.uta.edu/maps/map?id=UC) —the event is free and open to the public.

For those of you not in the know—Ellery Schempp was the chief student involved in the landmark Supreme Court decision Abington School District v. Schempp (1963). The Abington School District—following a Pennsylvania law—required a minimum of ten verses from the Bible be read at the opening of each school day. The Schempp family, who were Unitarians, objected to the religious beliefs that were pushed onto the family’s two children attending high school in the Abington School District.

One of these children, Ellery Schempp, decided to protest this school-sanctioned Bible reading by bringing a Quran to school which he proceeded to read during the morning practice. After being reprimanded, the 16 year-old Ellery and his parents sued the school district—the case led to the Supreme Court’s 8-1 ruling which struck down the Pennsylvania law and declared public school-sanctioned Bible readings unconstitutional.

            The Freethinkers of UTA are a group focused on establishing a positive social environment for UTA students who consider themselves atheists, agnostics, skeptics, rationalists, humanists, and/or freethinkers. One of the group’s goals is to enrich the UTA campus life by sponsoring educational events and fostering student dialogue on matters of faith, science, and reason.

            If you enjoy discussing/debating the role of religion in our society come and watch Dr. Schempp discuss the small yet significant role he played in shaping our government’s current stance with respect to prayer in school.       

Rick Jackson is an Interdisciplinary Studies major and has been an active member with the Freethinkers for two years.




Freethinker Social Event!

We are having a Freethinker social event over the winter break. 

We will be meeting on Thursday, January 3rd from 7-11pm at Gameworks at the Grapevine Mills Mall.  http://maps.google.com/maps?q=3000+Grapevine+Mills+Parkway++Grapevine,+TX&iwloc=A&hl=en
 
They have a Thursday option for $10 unlimited play (with a one-time $5 charge for a card that can be used every time you go).  They also have food and drinks.

 

Debate & Activist Training

On Monday, November 12th, Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and Kevin Harris, Minister of Apologetics at the First Baptist Church of Colleyville will debating "Does God Exist?" at 7:00 pm in the Red River/Concho rooms of the University Center.  (The time has changed from 6:00 to 7:00.)  The event is free and open to the public.

http://www.uta.edu/maps/map?id=UC

Free parking is available in lot 40 (at the far right of the map between W. 2nd St. and UTA Blvd)

We are also holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive, so bring a canned or non-perishable good, if you can!!


On Tuesday, November 13th, we will be hosting an Activist Training with Dan Barker in the Life Science Building, Room 122 at 6:00 pm.

http://www.uta.edu/maps/map?id=LS

 

*A good turnout to both of these events is a great way to strengthen our own group and interact with others*

Updates

10/23/07
 
-On Tuesday October 30th, we will meet for our meeting at 5:00 pm in the Guadalupe Room of the University Center.  There will be no discussion, as directly following the meeting, we will be attending the Hell House in Cedar Hill.  Information can be found here: http://www.darkrailhellhouse.com/
 
- On Thursday, November 1st we will be having our "Ask an Atheist" Panel discussion at 6:00 pm.  As we wanted to have in a more public forum, it will be held in the Sierra Lounge in the upstairs of the University Center (outside of our usual meeting place).  Since we cannot formally reserve the Sierra Lounge, we will have to stake out our place when we get there to set up.
 
- On Monday, November 12th, Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and Kevin Harris, Minister of Apologetics at the First Baptist Church of Colleyville will debating "Does God Exist?" at 7:00pm in the Red River/Concho rooms of the University Center.
 
- On Tuesday, November 13th, in lieu of a meeting, we will be hosting an Activist Training by Dan Barker of the Freedom from Religion Foundation: http://ffrf.org/
The Activist Training will be held in Life Science 122 at 6:00 pm.

Upcoming Events

9/26/07
 
We have a lot of stuff coming up:
 
- Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 2nd at 5:00 pm in the Guadalupe Room of the University Center.  The discussion topic will be the Psychology of Religion.
 
Here are some good links to get acquainted with the subject:
 
 
- William McEwen is speaking on Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 pm in Life Science 101.  His topic is "The Believers: An Atheist Interacts with Servants of the Almighty"

William McEwen will relate his experiences inside the world of Christians, including humorous calls to the volunteers who answer prayer phone lines, unintentionally making a ghoul cry at a local Hell House and his challenging role as the father of two devoted Methodist daughters.

William McEwen was a Christian for the first 20 years of his life. He is an active member of the Metroplex Atheists and writes extensively for the group's newsletter.
 
 
- We have a meeting on Tuesday, October 16th at 5:00 pm in the Guadalupe Room of the University Center.  The discussion topic will be chosen at the October 2nd meeting.
 
 
-On Tuesday October 30th, we will meet for our meeting at 5:00 pm in the Guadalupe Room of the University Center.  There will be no discussion, as directly following the meeting, we will be attending the Hell House in Cedar Hill.  Information can be found here: http://www.darkrailhellhouse.com/
 
 
- On Thursday, November 1st we will be having our "Ask an Atheist" Panel discussion at 6:00 pm.  As we wanted to have in a more public forum, it will be held in the Sierra Lounge in the upstairs of the University Center (outside of our usual meeting place).  Since we cannot formally reserve the Sierra Lounge, we will have to stake out our place when we get there to set up.
 
 
- On Tuesday, November 13th, in lieu of a meeting, we will be hosting an Activist Training by Dan Barker of the Freedom from Religion Foundation: http://ffrf.org/
The Activist Training will be held in Life Science 122 at 6:00 pm.

Meeting Schedule for Fall 2007

Tuesday, September 4th
Business Meeting: 5:00
Open Discussion: 5:30
Location: Guadalupe Room, U.C.
Topic: The Future of the Freethinkers of UTA

Tuesday, September 18th
Business Meeting: 5:00
Open Discussion: 5:30
Location: Guadalupe Room, U.C.
Topic: Church/State Separation Issues in Texas

Tuesday, October 2nd
Business Meeting: 5:00
Open Discussion: 5:30
Location: Guadalupe Room, U.C.
Topic: Psychology of Religion

Tuesday, October 16th
Business Meeting: 5:00
Open Discussion: 5:30
Location: Guadalupe Room, U.C.
Topic: TBA

Tuesday, October 30th
Business Meeting: 5:00
Open Discussion: 5:30
Location: Guadalupe Room, U.C.
Topic: TBA

Tuesday, November 13th
Business Meeting: 5:00
Open Discussion: 5:30
Location: Guadalupe Room, U.C.
Topic: TBA

Tuesday, November 27th
Business Meeting: 5:00
Open Discussion: 5:30
Location: Guadalupe Room, U.C.
Topic: TBA

Church/State Rally in Austin

Friends,

Are you tired of hearing about all of the religious bills and now laws coming from our Texas state government lately? Don't you think it's time we had a rally for state/church separation here in Texas?

Come take part in the 2007 Texas State/Church Separation Rally here in Austin, at the Texas State Capitol Building on Saturday, September 8, from noon till 3pm. We'll have speakers from lots of Freethought groups there, including:

American Atheists http://www.atheists.org
The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers http://maaf.info  
The Freethinkers at the University of Texas at Arlington http://www.freethinkersofuta.org
The Freethinkers Association of Central Texas http://www.freethinkersact.org

Four of the goals of this rally are the following:

1 To speak out for the civil rights of non-religious Americans.
2 To vocally promote the separation of government from religion.
3 To show support for the Croft family in Carrollton who have sued over the moment of silence in their public school. (No matter how the case ends, or whether it's over by then or not.)
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,292619,00.html
4 To protest the flurry of religious bills and now religious laws coming from our current Texas State Legislature.

To all local and national Freethought group leaders: We need more group leaders to come speak. Please contact me if you'd like some speaking time at this rally. We also have some great individual speakers lined up, including at least two Foxhole Atheists.

We'll have some signs and banners, but all groups are urged to bring your group's banner. This needs to be a show of strength in numbers, and we now have more Freethought groups in Texas than ever before. PLEASE mark this date and time on your calendar:

Saturday, September 8, 2007 from noon till 3pm.

The State Capitol Building is located at the corner of 11th St. and Congress Ave. in beautiful downtown Austin. We have permission to rally on the south steps. All parking meters in Austin are free on weekends. The date and time were planned for maximum convenience for the most number of folks attending. So come on down!

More info is on the way. Thanks for reading! :o)


Joe Zamecki, Texas State Director, American Atheists

 

Tour of Faith - Pentecostal

The next stop on our Tour of Faith will be the Christ Church, Assemblies of God.
http://www.christchurch-ag.org/christchurch.asp

Time and Place
Date:
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Time:
10:45am - 12:00pm
Location:
Christ Church
City/Town:
Fort Worth, TX


Here is what to expect at their service:
http://www.christchurch-ag.org/christchurch_about_worship.asp

The church is located at 5301 Alta Mesa Blvd, Fort Worth
http://www.christchurch-ag.org/christchurch_contact_map.asp

 

 

Tour of Faith - Scientology

Our next stop on our Tour of Faith will be the Church of Scientology - Celebrity Centre Dallas

Time and Place
Date:
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Time:
10:45am - 12:00pm
Location:
Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre Dallas
Street:
1850 N. Buckner Blvd
City/Town:
Dallas, TX


http://www.scientology-ccdallas.org/
http://www.scientology-ccdallas.org/sunday_service.htm

Learn more about Scientology here:
http://www.scientology.org/

The doors open at 10:30.

 

Tour of Faith - Southern Baptist

Our 3rd stop on our Tour of Faith will be a very large Southern Baptist Church on July 8th:
http://www.prestonwood.org/about/

 
   

Time and Place

                             Date:
 Sunday, July 8, 2007
                             Time:
 11:00am - 12:00pm
                             Location:
 Prestonwood Baptist Church
 6801 W. Park Blvd
 Plano, TX

Here is a summary of their beliefs:
http://www.prestonwood.org/about/beliefs.php

"The Bible is God's Holy Word, without error, and is the sole authority for life.

Human beings are the special creations of God, made in His image. They fell through the sin of the first man, Adam, and all human beings are sinners in need of salvation."

They even have a Pregnancy Center, a Sports Complex, a Cafe, etc. This place is HUGE.
http://www.prestonwood.org/about/tour/tour.php?view=worship_center
 
We will be going out to lunch afterwards to discuss the service.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail utafreethinkers@gmail.com
 

Tour of Faith - Unitarian Universalist

We will continue our Tour of Faith on Sunday, June 10th at the First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Worth.

Our president, Becky Robinson, will be speaking about the Freethought organizations she is involved in, as well as a "The New Humanism" conference she attended in April, at the "Adult Forum" starting at 10:00 A.M. The service follows at 11:00.

First Jefferson U.U. Church is located at 1959 Sandy Lane Fort Worth, TX

http://firstjefferson.org/

We will decide our next stop on the Tour of Faith and when that will be after the service.

Following the service, we will be attending the Humanists of Fort Worth Annual Picnic at Trinity Park in Fort Worth.  http://www.hofw.org/

We are to bring our own sandwiches and they will provide drinks (beer and soda).

 

Tour of Faith '07

Our "Tour of Faith" starts out this Sunday, May 6th, at the North Texas Church of Freethought. We figured we should start out where we "belong" and then go from there.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select D/FW NORTH in Irving, located at the corner of Hwy. 114 (John Carpenter Freeway) at Esters Blvd.
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/sl/1/en/hotel/dfwno?irs=null&_requestid=63014

Here is an article about their services: http://www.churchoffreethought.org/cgi-bin/contray/contray.cgi?DATA=&ID=000012&GROUP=007

 

 

Last Meeting of the Semester

Our last meeting of the semester:

Tuesday, May 1st
Group Meeting @ 4:30
Open Discussion @5:00
Location: Guadalupe Room in the U.C.
Topic: Skepticism

We will talk about our plans for next semester, as well as our "Tour of Faith" starting this summer.  I hope everyone can make it!

Meeting on 3/20

Group Meeting @ 4:30
Open Discussion @5:00

Topic: Godless Ethics/Morality: Can you be GOOD without GOD?
Location: Guadalupe Room in the upstairs of the U.C.


Some relevant articles:
http://www.atheists.org/Atheism/ethics.html
http://www.atheists.org/Atheism/cohen.html
http://www.creationtheory.org/Morality/MoralWithoutGod.shtml
http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=library&page=schick_17_3

The opposing view:
http://www.apologeticspress.org/rr/reprints/Foundations-of-Morality.pdf
http://www.apologeticspress.org/pdfs/courses_pdf/hsc0104.pdf
http://www.christianity.co.nz/moralit2.htm
http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/282



"Science has therefore been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." (Albert Einstein, 1954)

"There is nothing divine about morality; it is a purely human affair." (Albert Einstein)

"I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it." (Albert Einstein)

Meeting Schedule for Spring 2007

Tuesday, January 23rd, 4:30
Location: Guadalupe Room in the U.C.

Topic: The Diminishing Freedoms in the U.S.

Tuesday, February 6th, 4:30
Location: Perdernales Room in the U.C.

Topic: Religious Moderates vs. Fundamentalists

Tuesday, February 20th
Group Meeting @ 4:30
Open Discussion @5:00
Location: Pecos Room in the U.C.
Topic: Atheist Discrimination


Tuesday, March 6th

Group Meeting @ 4:30
Open Discussion @5:00
Location: Guadalupe Room in the U.C.

Topic: Religion & Healthcare

Tuesday, March 20th

Group Meeting @ 4:30
Open Discussion @5:00
Location: Guadalupe Room in the U.C.

Topic: Godless Ethics/Morality: Can you be GOOD without GOD?

Tuesday, April 3rd

Group Meeting @ 4:30
Open Discussion @5:00
Location: Guadalupe Room in the U.C.

Tuesday, April 17th

Group Meeting @ 4:30
Open Discussion @5:00
Location: Guadalupe Room in the U.C.

Tuesday, May 1st\

Group Meeting @ 4:30
Open Discussion @5:00
Location: Guadalupe Room in the U.C.

Discussion Topics TBA

 

Darwin Day 2007

Darwin Day 2007 is almost upon us.  On Monday, February 12th, we will be having an all-day celebration in honor of Charles Darwin's Birthday.  From 11:30 - 5:00, we will have tables set up in front of the library to hand out info about evolution and our group.  We will be selling birthday cake starting at 1:00. 
 
At 5:30, Dr. Zachary Moore from the Evolution 101 Podcast will be doing a talk titled "The Molecular Evidence for Evolution" in UH 110.
 
After Dr. Zach's talk, we will get pizza and watch "Inherit the Wind", a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes Trial (the "Monkey" Trial).
 
I hope everyone can make it to at least some, if not all, of the events.
 
See you on Monday!
 

Creation Evidence Museum Update

We are going to the Creation Evidence Museum this Saturday.  "Dr." Carl Baugh's lecture titled "Big Bang Bust" starts at 11:00 a.m.
 
A group will be meeting at the University Center.  It should be open and the meeting place will be in the area between the Starbucks and the Mav Express Office. In the case that the U.C. is closed, the meeting place will be at the entrance right outside of that area.  People should get there between 9:00 and 9:15 to figure out who is driving and riding.  It should take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to Glen Rose from Arlington.  If you leave by 9:30, it should get you to the Museum in plenty of time for the lecture.  A few of us are meeting in Fort Worth. If you don't want to car pool, just meet us in Glen Rose!
 
Here is a map with directions to the Museum:  http://www.creationevidence.org/general_info/map.html
 
The admission fee is $2 per person.  I will be calling ahead to let "Dr." Baugh know we are coming and I can see if we can get some kind of group rate. *UPDATE: There is no Group Rate.* We are planning to get to the museum by 10:45 a.m.  That will give us time to regroup and head in to the lecture. 
 
After the lecture we will have time to explore the museum (from my understanding, there is not much to it).  When we are finished there, we have the option to go to the Dinosaur Valley State Park, which is right by the Creation Evidence Museum.  The admission price to the Dinosaur Valley State Park is $5 per person.  Again, I will call ahead and see if we can get a group rate.  *UPDATE: I think I convinced them to let us in for free. I will have to speak to them when we get there.*
 
See you on Saturday!
 
Some interesting links:
        - the "Scientific Evidence for Creation" and "Frequently Asked Questions" sections are particularly interesting/amusing
 
A fellow "Creation Scientist's" view on Carl Baugh: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/whatbau.html
        - even he disputes him
 
Debunking the "Burdick Print": http://paleo.cc/paluxy/wilker6.htm
 
"Answers in Genesis" dismisses the CEM: http://www.answersincreation.org/cem.htm
 
Questioning Carl Baugh's credentials: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/degrees.html
 
 
 

Creation Evidence Museum on 2/3/07

We're planning on going to the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, TX on Saturday, February 3rd.

"Dr." Carl Baugh will be giving a lecture titled "Big Bang Bust". The lecture is given at 11:00am and 2:00pm. We need to decide what time we want to go, what else we want to do (if anything) while in Glen Rose, and where we are meeting and who is driving/riding.
 
There is a Discussion Topic on our Facebook page where you can let us know what time best works for you:
 
By Thursday, majority rules to which time we are going. If you are not on Facebook and want to enter in your "vote" for what time, just e-mail utafreethinkers@gmail.com and it will be entered it for you.

Here is the link to the CEM website:
http://www.creationevidence.org/cemframes.html

Darwin Day 2007

We are planning to have a Darwin Day Celebration on Monday, February 12th.  If you have any ideas on what you would like to do to celebrate, e-mail utafreethinkers@gmail.com.

 

Meeting on 11/28

Our last meeting of the semester will be on:
Tuesday, November 28th at 4:30 in the Concho Room in the upstairs of the U.C. 
The topic will be "The Future of Freethinkers of UTA"

Freethinker Movie Night: Tuesday 11/21

Hey guys, we have LS Room 424 reserved for this Tuesday at 4:30. I've had it reserved for awhile just in case. Andreas called me today and let me know that he has a video on Intelligent Design vs. Evolution that we can show. Here is the link: http://www.films.com/id/12374/Intelligent_Design_vs_Evolution.htm

 

It's 22 minutes long. We can hold a discussion afterwards or I may have something else to show if we choose to. I know it's short notice, but it all kind of just came together today.  If you can make it, I'll see you there!

 

-Becky

Meeting on 11/14

The next general meeting is on Tuesday, November 14th at 4:30.

We will be holding an "informal" meeting. Since the U.C. has nowhere to put us, we will be meeting in the lounge area outside of the San Jacinto Room (our usual meeting place). Holding with the informal-ness, the topic will be decided at the meeting. Start thinking of current events or subjects you may want to discuss.

Hell House

We are getting together to go to the Hell House at the Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, TX.  http://www.darkrailhellhouse.com/

The documentary "Hell House" was about this particular Hell House.  We will be meeting up on Sunday, October 29th at 7:00-ish at the U.C. by the MavExpress office and Starbucks.  We will coordinate and car pool up to the the Hell House and plan to get there around 8:00-ish.

Information on Hell Houses:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/hallo_he.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_house

D.J. Grothe to Speak at UTA

D.J. Grothe is a program Director at the Center for Inquiry, an associate editor of Free Inquiry magazine, and hosts the nationally popular radio show and podcast, Point of Inquiry.

 

A popular speaker on topics at the intersection of science and society’s fundamental assumptions, D.J. has traveled and lectured widely throughout North America, speaking to audiences at hundreds of college campuses.  He has agreed to come speak to us on October 27th in Life Science Room 124 at 6:00.

Meeting

Tuesday, October 17th

4:30

San Jacinto Room - upstairs of the University Center

Topic:  Right to Privacy: What is the Government's Role?

Events of Interest

Thursday, October 19th from 1:00 - 6:00pm - Migration and Citizenship : Graduate Student History Symposium
- I have the schedule, if you want a copy in .pdf, let me know at
utafreethinkers@gmail.com

Friday and Saturday, October 27-28th - IGS Conference
- IGS was created back in the early 30's by a Polish engineer by the name of Alfred Korzybski who wrote a book called "Science and Sanity." At a very high level, they study language and behavior, their effects on one another, and how to best use our language and behavior to create more critical thinking and a saner society. The annual conference that they host happens to be in Arlington this year. This year's conference theme is "Making Sense: Do You? How Do You? How Do You Know?" More details on the conference can be found here:http://www.time-binding.org/2006-conf/index.htm
.The student conference fee is $125 but they have offered us a $50 a day rate (this would include the Saturday night banquet). If anyone is interested in attending, please have them call IGS directly (817-922-9950) and tell them you are part of Freethinkers of UTA.

Thursday, November 2nd @ 7:30pm - Human Cloning/Stem Cell Research Debate - Bluebonnet Ballroom in the U.C.

- John A. Roberts and David Magnus, Ph.D. will be debating. UTA student tickets are free, Faculty/Staff and Alumni Association Tickets are $3 and General Public Tickets are $5. Tickets are available at the door.

Superstition Bash

We will be hosting the Superstition Bash on Friday, October 13th from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. in the U.C. Mall outside of the University Center.

We will have games, a "fortune teller", food, and much more.

Come dressed as your favorite superstition!

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Freethought Day

Freethought Day is celebrated every year on October 12th.  This Thursday, we are meeting outside of the library from 12:30 - 3:00 to hand out information about our group in recognition of Freethought Day. 
 
If you can come by and help at any time between 12:30 and 3:00 it would be greatly appreciated. 
 
Thanks!

Freethinker Movie Night

Tuesday, October 10th

4:30

Life Science Room 424

"The God Who Wasn't There"  - www.thegodmovie.com

"Jesus Camp" after Tuesdays Meeting?

 I just found out (thanks to a post from Crystal on our discussion board) that Jesus Camp is playing at the Inwood Theater in Dallas all week at 7:20 p.m. For those of you interested, we are going to get a group together to go see it after the meeting. I have a call in to their event coordinator to see if we can get a group rate. As is stands now, we would get the student discount of $6 per ticket, I'll let you know if I can get it for cheaper. Those who want to go see it Tuesday night can just stay after the meeting and we will coordinate a car pool (we need drivers!). Please let me know if you are interested in attending, and if you can be a driver, so I can get an estimate of how many of us will be going. You can e-mail me at utafreethinkers@gmail.com

Thanks!
-Becky

Meeting

Tuesday, October 3rd

4:30 

Location: San Jacinto Room in the U.C.

Topic: Stem Cells/Cloning

 

Some articles (compliments of Camille) to start us off:

http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/faqs.asp

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/dispatches/050413.html

 

 

Event Committee Meeting

The Event Comittee will be meeting on Tuesday, September 26th at 4:00 in the U.C. lounge outside of the Guadalupe/San Jacinto area.

We will be planning our 1st event:
The Superstition Bash
Friday, October 13th

Meeting

Tuesday, September 19th

4:30 

Location: San Jacinto Room in the U.C.

Topic: Creationism in Schools

 

 

 

Meeting

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th at 4:30

Bluebonnet South - U.C.

Topic:  The Secular Founding of the U.S.

http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/summer97/secular.html

 

 

Great Start

Our first meeting went very well and a lot was accomplished.  We got tons of positive feedback from the Activities Fair and even made the front page of the Shorthorn!  We are well on our way to being up and running and becoming a real student organization.  Thank you to all who had a part in making this happen. 

Our regular meetings will be held every other Tuesday at 4:30, starting this Tuesday, September 5th.  The topic for this week will be the secular founding of the U.S.

Here is a great article to read on the subject:   http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/summer97/secular.html

E-mail any others to utafreethinkers@gmail.com to be posted.

Activities Fair

ACITIVITIES FAIR
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30TH from 11:00 - 1:30
University Mall

We have a table reserved for the Activities Fair. If anyone wants to be involved in that, please e-mail utafreethinkers@gmail.com

Materials will be provided.

Organizational Meeting

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29TH at 5:00pm
Guadalupe Room, University Center.

We have reserved the Guadalupe Room in the U.C. on TUESDAY, August 29th at 5:00pm to hold an organizational meeting. This is where we will get together to discuss:
        - the official name of the organizatoin
        - the organization's constitution
        - meeting times and events
        - the goals and direction of the organization

ANYONE who is interested in being a part of the start-up of the group, PLEASE COME!! Bring a friend!!

Even if you are just curious, come check it out. See if this is something you want to be a part of or not.
.

Thanks!!