Monthly Meeting – Godless in Dixie
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Monthly Meeting – Godless in Dixie
November 17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Our special guest for the evening (via Skype) will be Neil Carter, a public-school teacher and former evangelical Christian who lives in Mississippi and writes (as Godless in Dixie) about his struggle to live as a non-believer in the heart of the US Bible belt. Neil’s de-conversion cost him personally, socially, and professionally.
If you haven’t seen or read any of his work before, you’ll want to check out the highlights before this meeting.
Neil is a brilliant yet underrated spokesman for atheism. He’s not the first person you think of when discussing insightful atheist thinkers, but he should be. He’s not your average atheist blogger, either. He’s neither a firebrand atheist nor an accommodationist; he is very much a Humanist. His unique wisdom offers something for everyone. For me, a lifelong atheist, his experiences (as an ex-believer) with believers echo mine in many respects, especially during outreach and engaging with religious family and friends. On the other hand, his experiences in life and with his family after coming out as ‘godless’ echo many of the heartbreaking stories of our members. It’s been mentioned by many that his blog offers a kind of therapy for those dealing with the pain and consequences of leaving faith behind.
As a proponent of coming-out-if-you-can, Neil’s ‘visit’ couldn’t be more timely. Our provincial government is peppered with fundagelicals; patients’ rights are still being denied in our publicly funded, faith-based hospitals; and the well-moneyed parties of god are still looking to remove the right of women to control their own bodies. It’s interesting that after Manitoba’s recent municipal elections, the heart of the Bible Belt, Steinbach, with a population of 16,000, voted in a city council entirely composed of evangelical Christians. Which really isn’t that surprising, but in addition, most of them are from the same church! There is a growing population of nonbelievers in Steinbach, but that’s not reflected in their city council. All the more reason to come out to our meeting. Who knows, maybe there’s another blogger out there – “Godless in Steinbach”.
We want to make November’s meeting truly interactive and largely Q & A, so bring your questions, stories and anecdotes to share and Neil will do the same. – Pat Morrow
About our Monthly Meetings
Welcome! Our regular monthly meetings are always open to the public. Come early for dinner, drinks, or just to visit. Our social and (optional) dinner time begins at 5:30. Meeting is at 6:30 followed by the presentation at about 7:00 PM. Late-comers and drop-ins are welcome, so if you can’t make it on time or stay till the end, don’t worry. You can eat during the meeting if you’re late – the buffet is open till 8 PM.
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Charity of the Month
We will be collecting for the Bear Clan Patrol at our November meeting. More information is in the newsletter.