Tuesday, 12 Jan 2016 5:30 PM
From the Cafe Sci Email –
Presenter:Glennda Bivens, Community and Economic Development Field Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Race and racism infiltrate myriad elements of everyday life, as humans are taught to categorize differences while ignoring power dynamics in everyday encounters. Race and racism are so deeply embedded in American culture that it can be difficult for many people to name and identify racist behaviors. Seemingly minute, some routine actions perpetuate the endemic of racism – and we may not even be aware of it.
Join us as we explore how racism materializes in everyday encounters through microaggressions, micro assaults and commonly used language.
About the presenter – http://yamcwff.weebly.com/uploads/9/1/8/8/9188145/1399066383.pngGlennda is a community and economic development specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education. Glennda has expertise in helping individuals and organizations identify oppressive behaviors, policies and practices and correcting them to make more equitable environments.
Tuesday, 09 Feb 2016 6:00 PM
Do you remember coloring with your friends as a child, just for the sake of doing so? Do you wish you could do more of that as an adult? Then come join the fun as we explore art and creativity from a Secular perspective. We will draw, listen to music, discuss aspects of art and enjoy a few light snacks.
This is not a formal instruction event. There will be some basic handouts available on aspects of geometry, different shading techniques and color theory to guide the creative process but the event will be very free form with discussion and interaction being the core of the evening’s activity.
This is a family friendly event. The conference room at the library has a listed capacity of twenty so RSVP early to get a spot. We’ll see you there.
Friday, 15 Jan 2016 6:00 PM
Jason Heap, the Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason will be in Cedar Rapids for a “Meet & Greet” and will give a presentation. Susan Corbett, the National Coordinator, will also be attending. We don’t have all the details yet, more will be posted as plans firm up. We wanted to announce this early so people can mark it on their calendar now. This is a great opportunity!
For those that missed Jase & Susan in W Des Moines August 5th, this is your opportunity to meet the leadership of the United Coalition of Reason and to ask any questions you may have regarding the future of the national movement and how it relates to our Iowa Coalitions.
Jason’s extensive work and travel overseas in education has put him in contact with people from various religious and cultural backgrounds, which he has used to lead schools and their communities.
His work as an educator for the past ten years has put him positions as a humanist leader. As a teacher of Religious Studies and Philosophy in the United Kingdom, helping students and their families understand that he was a humanist was a challenge by itself but, over time, most people were appreciative that he was able to teach about religion in an objective manner. Jason worked with and counseled students who had “faith questions” of their own and these experiences were traumatic for them, especially if they came from conservative and hyper-religious families that wouldn’t accept their children if they didn’t follow in the tradition. Likewise, managing schools in international contexts helped Jason emphasize and focus on diplomatic relations among people of varying viewpoints. By this means he was able to lead schools toward achievable goals and prevent the process from getting hung up on cultural and religious differences.
Jason has a BA in Philosophy and Theology and minor in music from Howard Payne University, a MDiv in Counselling and Religion from Brite Divinity School–Texas Christian University, an MSt in History and Religion from The University of Oxford, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status from Sheffield Hallam University, and a Doctor of Education from Walden University with specialism in administrator leadership for teaching and learning.
He is an endorsed and certified Humanist chaplain and celebrant and is also currently pursuing his application to become the first Humanist chaplain in the history of the United States Armed Forces.” United CoR website
Thursday, 04 Feb 2016 7:00 PM
The IAF Book Discussion Group is an ongoing effort to provide interesting intellectual conversations for members of IAF on texts and topics relevant to the Secular perspective.
For this session J will lead our final discussion of ‘Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality’ by Darrel Ray.
The reading assignment for this session will cover Section 4 (chapters 19 thru 21) and Section 5 (chapters 22 thru 26). Be prepared, if possible, to present things from the reading assignment that stood out for you so that we can gain a good cross-section of individual perspectives where the reading is concerned.
You can read a review of the book and an interview with Dr. Ray here.
If you prefer, though, here are a couple of interesting tid-bits from the Patheos article-
“Straight from the first page, this book flows naturally and Dr. Ray’s words come through as the voice of a good friend, explaining what your parents should have when they sat you down for the “big talk.” This book systematically reveals the dangers of religious sexual programming, and guides you towards releasing these sexual shackles and live an ethical sex life, free from religious sanctions.”
“Darrel’s extensive research on Sex and Secularism, referenced in this book, clearly shows that religion’s stranglehold on sex diminishes the quality of our lives. If there was one message I took from Sex & God, it’s this: It’s due time to break free from religion’s grasp and embrace a healthy attitude towards sex and sexuality. The control that religions have had our collective sex lives has lasted far too long and life is short.”
We will be voting on what text we should read for the next section dealing with Historical Perspectives. Only regular attendees of the book discussions will be allowed to vote.
The conference room that has been reserved at Kirkendall Public Library has a maximum capacity of 20 so RSVP early to get a seat. Social time will be available from 6:30 to 7 PM if you want to come and just chat before the discussion begins. We’ll see you there. 🙂