Losing Our Religion Documentary Screening

What do you do if you’re a preacher but you don’t believe in god?

Brendan is a pastor in a small, evangelical church, and he has a secret.He doesn’t believe in God anymore. His wife is still a true believer – and she just told the wrong person.

Losing Our Religion is a feature length documentary about preachers who are not believers, and what atheists do when they miss church. Allowed access to the 600 members of The Clergy Project – a safe haven for preachers from all faiths who no longer believe – the documentary follows ex-members and clergy who are still undercover. Many members find themselves trapped, facing the dilemma of either living a lie, or losing their job, community and even home and family.

Featuring such well-known figures as Gretta Vosper, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Dan Barker, Losing Our Religion is ultimately a documentary about community and acceptance.

As events unfold that change lives forever, their stories also connect with secular communities that are growing in surprising places. New groups are experimenting in ways to have church without god, and asking the same question as unbelieving clergy – “what’s next?”

When & Where
The documentary will be screened at Carlton Cinemas at 1:30 and 6:30 PM from October 6 to 12; with an onstage Q&A on October 6 & 7 at 6:30 PM with co-Directors Leif Kaldor and Leslea Mair, former Clergy Project Executive Director Catherine Dunphy, and researcher / author Linda LaScola.

Ticket Prices
General: $10
Child & Senior: $6
Tuesday: $5

Purchased at Carlton Cinema’s Website or at the door

Further Information
Losing Our Religion Website
Film Trailer
Full List of Screenings

Is God a Figment of our Imagination?

Religion and Society Debate: Dr. Michael Shermer and Dr. Alister McGrath

“Is God a Figment of Our Imagination?”

Is religious belief a vestige of a past age, destined for extinction,
and are the many religious adherents of the world, merely ignorant and
misguided?  Or is there within the theistic framework a resonance with
reality that presses the notion of God beyond the mere subjective
musings of those that claim it to be so?

Join CFI Canada and Wycliffe College for a dialogue between two
leading thinkers who have thoughtfully wrestled with this question,
each not only having embarked on a personal pilgrimage, but each
bringing a lifetime of erudition, experience, and insights to bear on
this theme. Dr. Alister McGrath, the atheist who would become a
theist, and Dr. Michael Shermer, the theist who would become an
atheist. Join us at Convocation Hall, University of Toronto for an
engaging two hours of thoughtful dialogue on one of histories greatest
questions.

For a quarter century, Dr. Shermer has been a leader in the promotion
of Science, Reason, and Secular Values. He is the Publisher of Skeptic
magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a
Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism
101. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin
Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc. His next
book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife,
Immortality & Utopia.

Dr McGrath holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and
Religion at the University of Oxford. As a former atheist, McGrath is
respectful yet critical of the movement. In recent years, he has been
especially interested in the emergence of “scientific atheism”, and
has researched the distinctive approach to atheist apologetics found
in the writings of the Oxford zoologist and scientific populariser
Richard Dawkins. He regularly engages in debate and dialogue with
leading atheists, and is presently researching the iconic role played
by Charles Darwin in atheist apologetics.

The debate will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday 15 September, at University of
Toronto’s Convocation hall. Details and tickets available at:
https://www.wycliffecollege.ca/religionandsociety

Exclusive CFI members luncheon with Dr Michael Shermer

CFI Toronto is pleased to offer members the opportunity to attend an
intimate luncheon with Skeptics Society founder Dr. Michael Shermer.
The luncheon will be held at 12:00 noon, Friday 15 September, at the
Duke of York (39 Prince Arthur Avenue).

Dr. Shermer will be available for an exclusive lunch with CFI Canada
members ahead of his evening debate with Dr. McGrath.  Dr. Shermer
will be making brief remarks at noon, so it is recommended that you
arrive early. Funds raisied by this event will go toward CFI Canada’s
mission to promote science, reason, and secular values.

This event is only open to CFI Canada members in good standing.
Tickets are $75 per person. As part of the admission price, attendees
will be sent a $50 tax receipt (note that your full name and postal
address must be provided to receive your tax receipt).

Advance tickets available at:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cfi-canada-member-luncheon-with-michael-shermer-tickets-37489084862

To become a member of CFI Canada, or to renew your membership online,
visit http://centreforinquiry.ca/support/)

Dr. Richard Carrier – The Scientist in the Early Roman Empire

It’s a colosseum smack down!
The Roman Empire strikes back!
Pagans, Christians, Ancient Scientists, Oh My!

Ancient scientists:
Who were they?
What did they accomplish?
What did people think of them?
How did they advance the sciences?
And what does this tell us about how pagans and Christians differed in their scientific values?

Richard Carrier received his Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University studying this subject. He will précis his forthcoming book of the same title, take questions from the audience, and sell and sign his many other books.

Richard Carrier is a philosopher and historian with degrees from Berkeley and Columbia, specializing in the contemporary philosophy of naturalism, and in Greco-Roman philosophy, science, and religion, including the origins of Christianity. He blogs and lectures worldwide, teaches courses online at The Secular Academy, and is the author of many books, including his defense of a naturalist worldview in Sense and Goodness without God, his academic case for the non-existence of Jesus in On the Historicity of Jesus, his work on historical methodology in Proving History, his study of ancient science in Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, his responses to 21st century Christian apologetics in Why I Am Not a Christian and Not the Impossible Faith, and an anthology of his papers on the subject of history in Hitler Homer Bible Christ. He has also authored chapters in many other books, and articles in magazines and academic journals, and on his namesake blog, covering subjects from politics and philosophy to feminism and polyamory. For more about Dr. Carrier and his work see www.richardcarrier.info.

When:
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Social gathering:
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Ticket Prices
:
General Public: $$ Cash donation at the door
Friends of the Centre: Free

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Calgary Annual Pathway & River Cleanup

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The Cleanup runs on Sunday, May 7 from 9:00 AM – Noon. This year we will be cleaning a section of Pathway, the north portion of Elbow River, Inglewood & Ramsay area between 9th Avenue SE to Agriculture Trail SE

Look forward to seeing you there!
Join us for a social gathering following the event.

About the cleanup
The Pathway and River Cleanup event is about sustainability; it’s about Calgarians coming out to care for our highly valued parks, pathways and waterways. The goal of the event is to mobilize Calgarians to help clean and remove the litter that accumulates. In addition to being an eyesore, the garbage can be deadly to Calgary’s wildlife. It’s also about encouraging Calgarians to become stewards of City parks.
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Details
Please arrive by 8:45 AM so we can hand out supplies and take some group photos before we start. Disposable latex gloves and garbage bags will be provided; however you may wish to bring your own sturdier gardening or work gloves.

Dress Recommendations:
· Sturdy footwear, leather gloves and long pants.
· Water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, camera.

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Unfriending the Future: Motivated Empathy in Science and Political Advocacy

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Speaker: Michael Kruse: Executive Director of Bad Science Watch

Hosted by: University of Toronto Secular Alliance

Date: March 7th 2017, 7 to 9 pm

Location:

Hart House, Debates Room
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto

 

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About the Event:

When we are faced with the irrational and conspiratorial claims of the alternative medicine community the science minded community often responds with anger, incredulity and frustration. Sometimes these messages are not from the easy targets of the fringe but from our own family and friends. But how often has our argumentative response been effective? It is worth taking a look at not only our goals and our tactics, but our audience as well.  We know that psychological phenomena like the backfire effect combine with ideological anti-corporate attitudes to work against any rational arguments, we have seen it happen time and again. This was the state of frustration we were in when we started Bad Science Watch. We made a decision to think about our audience and set goals focused on making real change.  This talk will focus on the role that empathy plays in picking targets and setting goals and the success we have had in creating a message that has resonated with our audience and supporters.

 

About Bad Science Watch:

Bad Science Watch is an independent non-profit consumer protection watchdog and science advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by countering bad science. We are driven by a vision of a safer, healthier, and more prosperous Canada where critical thinking and sound science are paramount in the making of important societal decisions.

http://www.badsciencewatch.ca/

 

 

About the University of Toronto Secular Alliance (UTSA):

The University of Toronto Secular Alliance (UTSA) is an organization dedicated to building a community at U of T for those adhering to non-religious worldviews including atheists, agnostics, Secular Humanists, and Freethinkers.  Through our weekly meetings and events, we provide a forum where all ideas and beliefs can be examined, critiqued, and challenged through discourse that is civil, intellectual, and insightful.  Find us on Facebook: @uoftsecular