This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.
Based on the book Newsweek called “a compelling read,” the PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF WORKSHOP is empowering secular parents across the country to raise ethical, caring, confident kids without religion. This workshop is presented by noted author and educator, Dale McGowan, and will help answer such questions as:
– How does moral development really work?
– How can I communicate effectively with my religious extended family?
– How can I ease my child’s fears about death without pretending there’s an afterlife?
– How can my kids learn about religion without being indoctrinated into religion?
Dale McGowan offers encouragement and practical solutions for secular parenting in a religious world. Mr. McGowan is author of “Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide to Parenting Beyond Belief,” “Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion,” “Atheism for Dummies,” “In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families,” and more. He was founding executive director of the humanist charity, Foundation Beyond Belief, and he is currently director of engagement for Patheos, where he works with hundreds of writers in a dozen different world views. In 2008 he was named Harvard Humanist of the Year for his work in nonreligious parent education.
There will be a separate track for children ages 5 and up with activities such as a nature walk with a naturalist, storytime, science experiments, and more.
Additionally, there will be a silent auction with many interesting and fun items to bid on.
Admission is free though we are requesting a suggested donation at the door of $10 per individual and $15 per family. We ask that you RSVP here, on our Meetup Page, or through Eventbrite at the link below. You may also call us at 319-423-9440.
Light refreshments will be served.
Dr. Richard Carrier is making a stop in Des Moines during his August U.S. cross country tour! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet Dr. Carrier in an intimate setting for conversation and Q & A.
Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, he specializes in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is also a published expert in the modern philosophy of naturalism as a worldview. He is the author of On the Historicity of Jesus, Proving History, Sense and Goodness without God, Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, Not the Impossible Faith, Why I Am Not a Christian, and Hitler Homer Bible Christ, and a contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Christianity Is Not Great, as well as copious work in history and philosophy, online and in print. He is currently working on several projects, but also teaching affordable online courses in secular philosophy, history, and methodology at The Secular Academy, and blogging and speaking about history, philosophy, feminism, and other moral causes, as well as his past in the military and his current life in polyamory.