Oct 252011
 

FSMTuesday, 1 November 2011, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Room 7, 6th Floor, Stanley A Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta.

This month’s roundtable discussion will feature guest speaker Randal Rauser, evangelical theologian, discussing “What hath God to do with the Flying Spaghetti Monster?”

Randal recently spoke with us in June 2011 and he and the attendees all had a great time!

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!

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http://www.edmontonatheists.ca/
http://randalrauser.com/

Randal’s blogpost for this event

Oct 192011
 

By Luke Fevin

As I slowly learn more about this crazy education system of ours in Alberta, sometimes there are moments of clarity where the fog lifts and the madness is truly self-evident. Let me try to share a moment with you.

I live in one of the best places in Canada to raise a family and in St. Albert; I pay the taxes to prove it. So what are my education options for my 3 young children in one of the wealthiest and most highly taxed communities in Canada?

My public school division is Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools (GSACRD – pronounced G-Sacred, really). The problem is not only do these schools permeate Catholicism (which is not really for me), they actually require that I sign a form saying I understand that Catholicism fully permeates all of the divisions schools teaching – and even though it is my public school division, and it is unconstitutional, I am not allowed to opt my children out of the religious indoctrination.

(Yes GSACRD, the School Act applies to you the same as all other schools. You get to do the Lords Prayer and 30 minutes religious instruction at the end of the day. You are not special and have been openly flouting the law and, as per the legislation, your failure to meet these requirements will cause your “office to be void” – or it would if Alberta’s Education Ministers weren’t either staunch Catholics or “void” in the cojones department.) Continue reading »

 Posted by at 1:41 AM

This week in the news

 Christianity, News, St. Albert School Issue  Comments Off on This week in the news
Oct 172011
 

Luke Fevin was in the news again this week discussing the Sturgeon Heights prayer issue, and standing up for his right to a secular education for his children. In case you missed the original announcement, there is a petition to stop publicly funding separate schools in Alberta, set up by Dave King (former education minister).
http://www.separateschooleducation.ca/petition.php

CTV news clip before the meeting – October 12, 2011
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150328263757683

CBC summary of the school board meeting – October 13, 2011
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2011/10/13/edmonton-sturgeon-morinville-lords-prayer.html

Should the Lord’s prayer be heard in public school? – October 14, 2011
http://life.nationalpost.com/2011/10/14/school-on-the-edge-of-edmonton-in-row-over-morning-prayers/
Continue reading »

 Posted by at 2:13 AM
Oct 102011
 

So, it’s Sunday morning, you’re wide awake, but everyone you know who’s up at this hour is going to church. Why not join me for brunch?

Albert’s Family Restaurant at Bonnie Doon Mall
Sunday, October 23, 2011
9:00am

I’ll have a piece of paper on the table that says “SEA”.

 Posted by at 8:44 PM
Oct 022011
 

One of our members recently attended Friday prayer with a Muslim co-worker. Since many members of the SEA have been to Christian services, but not many other faiths, there was a lot of curiosity. He’s kindly written up his experience for us.

On Friday September 23, 2011 I attended a Jumu’ah at a mosque here in Edmonton. A Jumu’ah is the special prayer that is performed by Muslims in the afternoon on Fridays. I have always had a bit of a fascination with Islam and, now that I have a coworker that is Muslim, I am able to learn much more about the Muslim faith. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 5:59 PM