This is our regular weekly Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of topics!
The Secular Students at Iowa are proud to present Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation on April 16, 7pm at Gilmore Hall on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Mr. Barker served as an evangelical Christian preacher and musician for 19 years but left Christianity in 1984 and became an atheist activist.
Mr. Barker has appeared on dozens of national television and radio programs to discuss and debate issues related to atheism and the separation of state and church. He has discussed nativity scenes on government property, the campaign against a Mother Teresa stamp, prayer in public schools, and has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, The O’Reilly Factor, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Phil Donahue, Hannity & Colmes, Maury Povich, Good Morning America, Sally Jessy Raphael, and Tom Leykis, as well as many international television and radio shows.
Dan Barker is the author of “Godless”, “Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist”, “God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction” and “Free Will Explained”.
Road trip and carpool anyone?
For our annual Memorial Day Picnic, the IAF has reserved the shelter in Ashby Park in Beaverdale, 3200 38th Street. This event is rain or shine!
The IAF will provide the charcoal, plates, cups and utensils. Please bring a dish to share and something for yourself to grill. This is a family friendly event and the park offers many amenities including recreational trails, splash pad and playground equipment.
Sorry, no alcohol or glass containers allowed in the city park.
To help with variety please write in the comments below what you plan to bring for the potluck.
See you all there!
Please come out and help the IAF set up and run our informational booth at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market for the Memorial Day Weekend Saturday Salute!
We will need volunteers to work from 6:15 a.m. to shortly after 12 noon. Duties will include set up, tear down, and talking/interacting with curious members of the public. This year we have our “When Equality is Under Attack, Atheists Show Up” tee shirts to wear to show our pride! (Shirts are available for purchase at Sunday Meetups)
PLEASE do RSVP, and if possible, indicate what time you’re available.
Twenty percent of the people living in Polk County are food insufficient. Many of the same people are homeless, living outside in tents and worse. Come join IAF members at the Thursday evening food preparation for the Urban Bike Food Ministry. Anyone and everyone is welcome and they do not preach, proselytize, or try to convert.
This group of volunteers meets every Thursday at 5:00pm to prepare 600 burritos, 150 peanut butter and jam sandwiches, and 80 turkey and cheese sandwiches to hand out to the homeless individuals in the Des Moines area. When the temps are above 40 degrees the meals are delivered on bicycles. In the winter months cars are utilized.
Not only is food delivered, but also hats, coats, gloves, hand warmers, batteries, and blankets. The receiver, if they are a “regular”, often times give the volunteers hugs!
While you can volunteer any Thursday, we will make this a monthly “official” IAF volunteer event on the fourth Thursday of every month as part of our Community Service pillar of the ACES initiative.
If you have items you would like to donate add a comment below and arrangements can be made to pick them up or you can drop them off at the church. You many also make a donation on Paypal on the UBFM website:
This is our regular Quarterly Member Meeting. Participation from ALL with your ideas and feedback is welcome and very much encouraged! We are now entering our “busy season” with the Farmers’ Market, picnics, Pride/Pride Parade and our June Annual Election. We will be in the first floor Community Room which is immediately to your right when you enter. FREE COOKIES!
Agenda will follow ACES categories:
Board, Officer & Committee Reports
• Election June 2019/Election Officer Selection
• Iowa Legislature
• Reason on the Hill recap
• Atheist Voter/2020 Election Cycle
• Urban Bicycle Food Ministry
• Farmers’ Market
• Memorial Day Picnic
• Happy Hours
• Sunday Meetup Venues
Member meetings are open to anyone, however, only members with dues paid for 2019 are eligible to vote. Dues may be paid via Paypal on our website, by mail to PO Box 672, DSM IA 50303, or in person to a Board member at any one of our Meetups.