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Why You Should Attend the SSA Conference
This article was written by Drew Pruitt, a member of the Secular Student Alliance at UNLV.
It had never occurred to us to go the SSA national leadership conference. We knew about it - we'd been getting Lyz's emails for two years letting us know about it, but it never even came up as something to do. Our group is in Vegas, Ohio is a million miles away, and we all have our own summer plans. If it hadn't been for a personal email from Nick Stancato, letting us know he'd love to meet us and that he really wanted our group to be there, we would not have gone this year, either. And we would have had no clue what we'd been missing.
As it turns out, sending three of our leaders to this conference was the single best thing we've done for the group. There are a number of reasons the conference was fantastic - any one of the by itself make it worth going.
SSA Darwin Day Page
Darwin Day is just a month away!
If you haven't planned any event for the big day, you still have time. We created a whole page full of resources and ideas for your group to use.You can also visit the International Darwin Day Foundation site for information, ideas and help. If you are planning a big event, you might want to register it on the site. You can also see other events in your area.
Use our Darwin Day page and keep looking out for more services and resources from us to use for your meetings and events.
Secular Community Perspectives Survey
We are trying to increase participation in this survey. The survey is designed to assess the various different perspectives and attitudes that nonbelieving individuals have about secular organizations and their ideas, goals, actions, and involvements. In the survey "nonbelief" or "nonbeliever" refer to those who self-identify as (secular) humanists, freethinkers, agnostics, atheists, skeptics, irreligionists, and non-theists in general. This is a collaboration effort between the University of Tampa, Iowa State University and Joseph Langston who is an independent researcher.
Click here to find the survey and learn more. It should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Feel free to also share it with friends/aquaintances who are non-theists but aren't part of any formal secular organization.
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John Figdor is the Humanist Chaplain of the Humanist Community at Stanford. He organizes events and programs for both Stanford students, and community members from the San Francisco Bay Area. John has spoken at the Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference, the American Humanist Association Annual Conference, the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley, the Humanist Community at Harvard, and the Worcester Humanists. John Figdor and his work have been discussed in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle's front page. Learn More