Sep 282011
 

Tuesday, 4 October 2011, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Change of venue. This month only, we will be in the Chariman Room at  the Westin Hotel, 10135 100th Street, just south of the Stanley A Milner Library.

This month’s roundtable discussion will feature guest speaker Luke Fevin, discussing his struggles with the Sturgeon School Division over school prayer and his efforts to see that his three children are provided with a secular education free from religion.

Round table discussion at 7:00 pm.  The meeting continues informally at Elephant and Castle afterwards at 9:00 pm

All are welcome to both events!

Facebook RSVP here


Sep 282011
 
When: Where:
Thursday, September 29, 2011
5:00 PM
Dentistry-Pharmacy Lecture Theatre, Dentistry Pharmacy Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB

“Beyond the Evolution vs. Creation Debate”

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 5:00 PM

Dentistry-Pharmacy Lecture Theatre 2104

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (map)

This is a talk presented by Dr. Denis Lamoureux, a Christian who accepts evolution. He is a professor of theology and biology at St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta. Lamoureux is the author of “I Love Jesus & I Accept Evolution (2009)”.

Abstract: “Are there only two positions on origins: either “evolution” or “creation”? This lecture is an introduction to professional terminology, science-religion dialogue, and various views on origins (young earth creation, progressive creation, evolutionary creation, deistic evolution, and atheistic evolution). Lecturer also shares his personal voyage in this debate.”

Meetup.com link here:http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Edmonton/events/35304662/

 

 

 Posted by at 9:39 AM
Sep 272011
 

By Luke Fevin
Note: You can contact Luke through the SEA Facebook group, where this was originally posted.

For those of you interested in how religion impacts our schools and the importance of Alberta adopting a secular school system, I thought that you may be interested in my family’s experience. My wife and I live in St. Albert and have 3 children, two girls now 7 & 5 and a little boy who’s 3. Three years ago in the summer of 2008 we were looking for the right school for our children. Catholic schools, you will appreciate, were not an option for us – but we found a wonderful school on the outskirts of St. Albert in the Sturgeon school district. Not too big, not too small, nice mix of urban and country families, progressive programs and new I.T. tools finding its way into the classrooms. We visited the school and given that ‘no religion’ was one of our key factors, took the time to ensure there were no prominent crosses or other symbols, no religious artwork or any other indications of institutional religion.
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 Posted by at 2:06 AM
Sep 252011
 

St. Albert:

Luke Fevin is trying to ensure that his children have a secular education. So, when he learned that Sturgeon Heights school, the public, secular school that his children are attending, has the Lord’s Prayer over the intercom every morning, he decided to speak out.

If you live in St. Albert and would like to help Luke with this issue, you can get in touch with him through the Society of Edmonton Atheists Facebook group.

Morinville:

This month marks the first secular classes in Morinville. Right now they’re in temporary spaces, but the fact that the classes exist at all is a demonstration of how a little organization, on the part of interested parents, has made a big change. Right now the school has 66 students – not bad for a small town where the school board said that there wasn’t enough interest.

 Posted by at 9:40 PM
Sep 212011
 

Irshad Manji: Allah, Liberty and Love

Irshad ManjiAllah, Liberty & Love Book Cover
Date: Monday, Septemeber 26

Time: 7:00 pm

Street: 8712 – 109 Street NW, Edmonton

Political activist Irshad Manji caused waves with her first book, The Trouble with Islam Today. Her new book,Allah, Liberty and Love, strives to reconcile the loving message of Islam with the repression carried out in her name. Manji is a professor at New York University, a columnist for The Globe and  Mail and the founder of the diversity-promoting Moral Courage Project.

Ms. Manji comes to Edmonton for an evening of frank discussion and open dialogue with the audience, hosted by the Edmonton Journal’s Sheila Pratt.

Link to event here.

 Posted by at 1:49 AM
Sep 202011
 

This month marks the return of our Museum Madness monthly event. This month will be travelling to the Reynold’s Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin.

As this museum is out of town we will need to coordinate transportation. If you are able to drive a small group of people down in your car then please let us know by sending Michael Hartman a message or by writing on the Facebook well for this event. Depending on how many people wish to attend we will probably only need 1 or 2 volunteers.We ask that the passengers cover the costs of gas for the volunteer driver in the vehicle as a sign of appreciation.

On Saturday morning at 9:00 AM we can all meet at South Edmonton Common and head out from there. If anyone is unable to get to South Edmonton Common on their own then contact us and it can be arranged to pick you up from wherever is convenient.

An adult admission to the museum is $10, youth (under 17) is $5 and children under 6 are free. Hope to see you all there!

Here are the details,

24 September · 09:00 – 17:30
Reynolds Alberta Museum
6426 – 40 Avenue, Wetaskiwin

Here is a link to the facebook event:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=216426208418831#!/event.php?eid=216426208418831

 

 

 Posted by at 4:16 PM
Sep 192011
 

The "Heathen Road Gang"

Eight of the SEA take a break from picking up litter to pose with our sign!

Today, the SEA held its third annual highway cleanup, as part of the “Caring for Alberta’s Highways (Adopt-A-HighwaCaring for Alberta's Highways: Society of Edmonton Atheistsy) Program”. Our stretch of Highway is East of the Queen Elizabeth 2, north of the 525 turnoff, which is one road north of the Airport Road.

From 11:00 am to 3:30 pm eight brave and dedicated SEA members picked up Tim Horton’s coffee cups, gloves, socks, carpet, ribbons, cans, cigarette wrappers and various and sundry other treasures. Fortunately the weather was fairly well suited to the job, not too hot (although the clouds did move to expose some of us to bursts of heat) and not too windy.

The 3 kilometre stretch seemed much longer when you are stopping every couple of steps to bend over (ooh my back), but the company and the good cause made it worthwhile.

Small confession: we spent a little time early on wondering why there was so little trash,until we realized we were on the wrong tract (Halliburton’s adopted piece of earth, not ours!).

A big thanks to our volunteers!

More photos of our escapades can be found here.

 

 

 

 Posted by at 5:12 AM
Sep 152011
 

Daniel Loxton is a Canadian author, who wrote a kids evolution book (Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be) and published it in Canada last year. I’ve read it (you can borrow it from the library) and it’s beautifully illustrated and straight forward. There’s a small blurb for “ask your parents about religion”, but other than that, it’s all science.

The Globe and Mail just printed an article about how it’s too controversial for US publishers. I guess science is scarier than teen pregnancy to the right-wing Christians down south, but it’s nice to see that in Canada, this book is getting the recognition it deserves.

Sep 142011
 

SEA does an annual litter pickup on Highway 2 just north of the airport turnoff, as we are part of the “Caring for Alberta’s Highways (Adopt-A-Highway) Program”. We do the east side of the highway, all the way up to the next turnoff, about 3.2 kilometers. This year, we are meeting at 11:00 am Sunday, September 18, 2011. We plan to spend about 4 hours.

 Posted by at 3:24 AM