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April 10 – Atheist PR

This week’s meeting topic is Atheist PR. We could discuss the social stigma of atheism, how to counter negative stereotypes, or how to reach out and participate in the community as atheists. This is a timely topic considering we have Picnic Day and our first AgASA-hosted event of the year coming up soon. So we can also discuss how to best promote our club on campus.

To that end, we are also going to be creating posters and maybe t-shirts at this meeting. We’ll be providing some fabric markers, so we encourage you to bring a t-shirt for yourself, and you can work on that during the meeting.

Thursday, April 10th @ 6:10PM
Hart 1116

As mentioned above, AgASA will be fundraising on Picnic Day, Saturday April 12th. We will likely have a bake sale to raise money for our guest speakers, and also provide some fun, interactive, sciencey activities. So stop by the Student Organization Faire on the Quad. It’ll be a lot of fun.

Here are some articles on this topic that might be worth a read.

There have been many studies showing that people distrust atheists more than any other group.

This doesn’t help the public perception of atheists as arrogant or pompous.

However, there have been many public awareness campaigns to try to improve the image of atheists.

So if any of that is of interest to you, please stop by our meeting.

Chris Highland Event

Note your calender! February 28th in Young 198 from 6pm-9pm Chris Highland will give a speech with questions titled Wallbuilders or Bridgebuilders: Spiritual and Secular in Service! Please come out and enjoy the event and discuss the conjunction of secular and religious goals.

Chris Highland is a teacher, writer and social worker in the SF Bay Area. He earned a Bachelor degree in Philosophy and Religion from Seattle Pacific University before receiving his Master of Divinity through the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

While a seminary student, Chris helped organize the first Interfaith Student Group through Davis Community Church and Newman Center. On a number of occasions he met with Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders at Hillel and taught a course on World Religions.

His work in Davis led to many years as an Interfaith Chaplain in Marin County where he served as the first Interfaith Chaplain in the Marin County Jail (available to 10,000 inmates a year) before becoming the Street Chaplain with houseless people. He also served as a Parish Associate with a Presbyterian Church, taught courses on Sacred Scriptures of the World in congregations and was a field ministry supervisor for seminary students.

Chris left his Christian ordination in 2001, continuing his chaplaincy work until 2005. For three years he lived in a tiny cabin on an island in the Northwest where he built forest trails, worked on an organic farm and helped operate a drop-in center for youth. He returned to the Bay Area to teach at Dominican University before becoming the Director of the County Emergency Winter Shelter. He is now the Manager of Tam House, cooperative housing for low-income seniors, teaches chaplaincy courses for Cherry Hill Seminary and writes.

He is a member of The Clergy Project, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the Secular Students Speakers’ Bureau.

Chris is the author of ten books including Meditations of John Muir, My Address is a River and Life After Faith. His primary website is

. His wife Carol is a Presbyterian Minister and works as the Executive Director of the Marin Interfaith Council, actively networking with diverse faith groups and Freethinkers. They live in San Rafael.

First meeting of the 2012-13 school year! And the Fall Quarter Schedule.

Meetings for fall quarter will be on Tuesdays in Wellman 6 from 6:10pm-8pm.

The first meeting is tonight, October 2nd. There will be pizza!

Here is what we have planned for this quarter:

10/2/12: What is AgASA?

10/9/12: What is atheism?

Special Event! 10/12/12: Matt McCormick (details to come)

10/16/12: How to run an atheist club

Special Event!: 10/20/12: Preview Day @ Freeborne hall, 11:30-2:30

10/23/12: Is offense actionable?

10/30/12: Sexism and atheism

11/6/12: Sexism continued

11/13/12: Activism

11/20/12: Fallacy

11/27/12: Quarterly De-Stress Potluck!

Hope to see you all there!


Sources from Presentation: Know Your Apologist


Sources from Presentation: Exodus and Lamentation

Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults are Leaving the Faith… and How to Bring Them Back by Drew Dyck

Eric Hovind explaining that nonbelievers don’t want to believe because they want to live in sin.  (clip starts at 3:20)

Pastor David Grice describing how atheists hate God.  (clip starts at 2:30)

Tracie Harris explaining that atheists can’t hate God by definition.  (clip starts at 4:25)

William Lane Craig claiming that the Taliban has the wrong God.  (clip starts at 13:15)

An article for Christianity Today Magazine. The Leavers: Young Doubters Exit the Church by Drew Dyck