Oct 212012

I grew up in rural Alberta. The sort of community where my mom once had to sit me down and explain that Catholics were real Christians, and that my friends and their parents were mistaken. But, I haven’t been to church since my early teens.

So visiting Southminster-Steinhauer United Church with four other atheists last Sunday was a bit of a shock to the system. When we arrived, Rev. Charles Bidwell sat down with us to answer questions we had about the church and what to expect. The shock started when he mentioned (within hearing distance of other church members) that he considers himself an atheist Christian. And then went on to explain that within the church, Jesus is considered someone who had some useful things to say, and wasn’t related to God (if there is a god) in any way. I expected that it would be one thing to have that conversation in limited company, but that the gathering (service) and the congregants in general would be more traditionally Christian.

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Aug 022012

By Jay Gamble

I would like to start by saying that I am not one to join atheist groups. I go about my atheism quietly. Recent events have forced me to be more vocal; and Mr. Luke Fevin’s recent bravery has inspired me to speak out against state-sanctioned religion in Alberta classrooms.

I am intentionally not naming the school board or the school my children attend, because I do not want my children targeted for not being Christian. I live in a very small rural community; my children attend a K-12 school with fewer than 300 students. I do not want my children to be ostracized or bullied for my beliefs (or lack of belief).

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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!

Facebook RSVP here


Randal’s blogpost for this event