Aug 302015

The Society of Edmonton Atheists are pleased to sponsor Alberta’s first secular conference featuring some amazing guest speakers and inspiring presentations!  Come join us in Red Deer the weekend of October 17th and 18th.

AB Secular, celeb speakers oct
Guests include Nathan Phelps (son of Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church), Matt Dillahunty (Atheist Experience),  Ali. A Rizvi (author ”The Atheist Muslim”), Rob Breakenridge (radio personality)and Shelley Segal (singer/songwriter ”An Atheist Album”)

AB secular, local guests oct

Local guests include Kathy Dawson (AIM), Bradley Peters (Dying with Dignity), , Luke Fevin (APUPIL), Lynne Honey (Grant MacEwan Prof), Scott Rowed, and Greg Hart (Critical thinking skills) .

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Aug 232015

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Welcome to the Society of Edmonton Atheists’ blog. If this is your first time visiting, click “Continue Reading” to get a quick summary of what’s here.

The Alberta Secular Conference, sponsored by the SEA, will be in Red Deer October 17 & 18 with the theme of “None of the Above”, for people who don’t fit in the usual religious categories. Your membership in the SEA gets you a discounted ticket.

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Sep 182015

festival of faiths

The Society of Edmonton Atheists have been asked to participate in the Festival of Faiths event happening tomorrow at City Hall from 10:30am until 4pm.  Please drop by and enjoy the exhibits at this free event.   There will be numerous groups with information booths for your perusal, as well as a few panel discussions including one at 11:15am on the persecution and discrimination of minority religions (we are included in this panel discussion).

The faiths that will be represented are:
Falun Dafa (Falun Gong)
New Thought
Unitarian Universalism
United Church

We would like to thank the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights for inviting us to participate.

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Sep 062015

The library had to cancel our room booking for October Round Table due to an event requiring all their space, so we will instead be headed to the University.

The new location is the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) room 1-190 (first floor on north end by Starbucks) at the University of Alberta.  The ECHA is located directly behind the Health Sciences/Jubilee LRT station.  The time remains the same (7pm start) and we will also be looking at heading to Sherlock Holmes on Campus afterwards.

Health Sciences



Prof Glen Fairen will be joining us to discuss what makes something ”religion” vs ”magic or the occult”.
As of August he has his Phd in religious studies through the UofA. He has a BA and MA from the Univerisity of Regina. His normal area of expertise is early Christian heretics and how these folks are studies by modern scholars ( check out his published book As Below So Above) and he is the resident witchcraft expert at the UofA.

He considers himself an evangelical atheist




 Posted by at 10:01 AM
Aug 092015

With many members out of town (and other various reasons) book club will be cancelled for this evening.

We will discuss the entire book at the meeting on August 23rd instead.   It’s a short book, just over 200 pages, so if you want to join us there is still plenty of time to source a copy and read it before the 23rd.    Hope to see you then!


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Jun 162015

Don’t forget, our summer solstice party is this weekend at Coronation Park!
Annual Summer Soltice Party! June 21st, 2pm – 6pm


Where: The location is the RED canopy (Site #1) at Coronation Park (between Westmount Mall and Telus World of Science). Click here for a map. Parking is by the community hall on the north end of the park, however, you can drive around the loop and drop things off at the picnic site.

When: Sunday, June 21, starting a 2pm, and continuing until  6pm. We have a canopy, so this will be rain or shine.

What: Since this a potluck, picnic, fun social time, and all that good stuff, here’s what you should bring:

  • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray and other weather-appropriate summer items
  • Food: bring about as much food and non-alcoholic beverages as you think you (or you and your family) will eat over a course of a few hours. Salads, snacks, dips, desserts, and cold casseroles, and other typical potluck foods are great. Don’t worry too much about whether there will be duplicate dishes, we’ve never had a problem yet.
  • BBQ: There are wood BBQs and fire pits, so feel free to bring your own meat or veggies to cook up. Please remember to bring fire-safe utensils for cooking it.
  • Games: bubbles, balls, croquet, kites, whatever you think would be fun.

The SEA will provide disposable plates, cups, utensils, and napkins for everyone, although you can bring your own if you really want. We’ll also have a scavenger hunt for the younger kids, like last year.   Two coolers with ice have been arranged; one for perishables, and one for drinks.   We are still looking for someone to bring firewood, kindling and lighters and will be in need of help when the kids do the scavenger hunt.


 Posted by at 4:28 PM
Jun 142015

The Society of Edmonton Atheists are pleased to sponsor the AB Secular Conference!

ASC SEA logo
The Alberta Secular Conference will be the first event of its kind in our province, and we are dedicated to creating a welcoming atmosphere for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and skeptics while providing an educational weekend that will inspire and inform.

The theme for this first conference is ‘’None Of The Above’’, and will deal with issues faced by anyone who doesn’t fit into a religious category in Alberta.   We have some celebrated guest speakers flying in from around North America as well as local guests to speak about issues that affect us here in Alberta.

Join us for this two day conference at Red Deer College, October 17th and 18th…the event is sure to inform, inspire and entertain!

Guest speakers are listed on their website and tickets are available on eventbrite now!   Please note there is a discounted rate for members of The Society of Edmonton Atheists (you will be required to show your membership card at registration).   You can sign up to be a member of SEA on our membership tab or at any event where a board member is present.

 Posted by at 5:11 PM
Jun 112015

Highway cleanup is this weekend Saturday and Sunday morning, unless it rains, then we will postpone.   We meet at 9am and go for a few hours, please make sure you dress for the weather and we would advise AGAINST sandals or shorts/capri pants as the grass gets pretty long and dirty.    Please also be advised that Alberta Transport requires volunteers for the highway cleanup to be at least 9 years of age.

Our section of the QE II is the east side of the road, just north of Highway 625.

Meeting Location:
South end of the Sparrow Drive Service Road in Nisku at the cul-de-sac just south of the Blackjacks Roadhouse.
GPS: 53.338802,-113.544435

SEA will supply:
Safety vests (but please bring one if you have one)
Garbage Bags

Volunteers should bring:
Ski pole, or stick with nail on end to pick up garbage
Sunscreen/hat/sunglasses – be prepared for the weather
Bug spray
Work gloves (latex gloves are not suitable)

 Posted by at 6:29 PM