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    • Thursday, October 01, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    Examined Lives: Thinking together about things that matter with philosopher Andy Norman


    Topic: Are Human Beings Fundamentally Good?

    Are human beings basically good, basically selfish, or some mix of the two? People start with different assumptions about human nature, and from them, spin elaborate myths. These myths shape our literature, our religions, our politics, our philosophies, and our economic systems. Nearly every institution that shapes our lives is built on one or another assumption about human nature. But what if our picture of human nature is all wrong? What does the latest science have to say? Could a more accurate picture of human nature save us from ourselves?

    • Friday, October 02, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Even though we can't host an in-person, face-to-face event, we can host a virtual event. So grab a Corona or three (or other beverage of choice) and maybe some munchies or snacks (or even some dinner if you're so inclined) and pull up a chair and join the (virtual) party. Register/RSVP here and a link will be provided on Friday afternoon via email for the virtual event. (You may have to download the Google Meet app or Zoom to participate.)

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So join us for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.


    • Sunday, October 04, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    With the current Stay-at-Home regime in place, we will be meeting on-line until the order is lifted. So grab some coffee or tea or other beverage and your favorite brunch dish(es) and join others of like mind for a pleasant Sunday morning of conversation and conviviality.

    This event will be hosted virtually, please RSVP to see the link.

    • Monday, October 05, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Meet
    Register

    PFC normally fields a bar trivia team that competes every Monday night, barring conflicting events (like Steelers games, etc)

    Under the current circumstances, these competitions are not able to be held. So in order to keep our trivial brains properly functioning in the pursuit of trivia, we are holding informal gatherings to keep our communal trivial skills finely tuned.


    • Tuesday, October 06, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Meet
    Register
    Come gather around a virtual table with some other freethinkers to discuss anything at all. Social nights do not typically have a topic of discussion but instead provide a space to gather and talk openly. We will be meeting on-line every Tuesday until the Stay-at-Home order is rescinded for Allegheny County.
    • Thursday, October 08, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Discussion Groups are moderated forums with pre-selected topics. Anyone who wishes to participate in the civil discussions is welcome to do so. The groups nominally represent different geographical locations and will morph back into geographically located in-person discussions when we can do so, for now we meet using zoom. They are currently held every Thursday. The topic for each discussion is announced in advance, sometimes with recommended reading.

    • Friday, October 09, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Even though we can't host an in-person, face-to-face event, we can host a virtual event. So grab a Corona or three (or other beverage of choice) and maybe some munchies or snacks (or even some dinner if you're so inclined) and pull up a chair and join the (virtual) party. Register/RSVP here and a link will be provided on Friday afternoon via email for the virtual event. (You may have to download the Google Meet app or Zoom to participate.)

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So join us for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.


    • Sunday, October 11, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Sunday, November 29, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Virtual
    • 100
    Register

    Pittsburgh Freethought Community and Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh are co-sponsoring a weekly discussion based on the new book by Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. There will be eight sessions, each focusing on one of the eight Pillars of Caste which Wilkerson identified by researching commonalities among the Hindu caste system in India, Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany, and Anti-Black racism in the U.S. Each session will begin with a brief explanation of the selected Pillar and a discussion focusing on how these characteristics are manifested in our society and how we can dismantle those policies and practices that maintain White supremacy. It will not be necessary to have read the book in order to participate. 

    • Monday, October 12, 2020
    • (EDT)


    • Monday, October 12, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Meet
    Register

    PFC normally fields a bar trivia team that competes every Monday night, barring conflicting events (like Steelers games, etc)

    Under the current circumstances, these competitions are not able to be held. So in order to keep our trivial brains properly functioning in the pursuit of trivia, we are holding informal gatherings to keep our communal trivial skills finely tuned.


    • Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Meet
    Register
    Come gather around a virtual table with some other freethinkers to discuss anything at all. Social nights do not typically have a topic of discussion but instead provide a space to gather and talk openly. We will be meeting on-line every Tuesday until the Stay-at-Home order is rescinded for Allegheny County.
    • Thursday, October 15, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    QUESTIONING JUDICIAL NOMINEES AND POLITICAL CANDIDATES ABOUT RELIGION

    In this Google Meet videoconference, we will discuss whether raising questions about a judicial nominee’s or political candidate’s religious beliefs is ever appropriate. If so, which questions should be asked and which avoided? Specific cases: President Trump’s 2020 nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and attacks on John F. Kennedy’s Catholicism during the 1960 presidential campaign. Since a presidential debate starts at 9 p.m. this evening, we will adjourn no later than 8:30 p.m.

    Some references (not required reading):

    “Judge’s Faith Becomes Early Flashpoint in Supreme Court Fight:”  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/24/amy-coney-barrett-faith-420928

    “Why Amy Coney Barrett’s Religious Beliefs Are Not Off Limits”:  https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/09/24/supreme-courtreligious-beliefs-420863

    Protestant attacks on JFK’s Catholicism in 1960 campaign: https://todayinclh.com/?event=protestant-group-attacks-john-f-kennedys-catholicism

    Transcript of JFK’s September 12, 1960 speech on religion: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16920600
    • Friday, October 16, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Even though we can't host an in-person, face-to-face event, we can host a virtual event. So grab a Corona or three (or other beverage of choice) and maybe some munchies or snacks (or even some dinner if you're so inclined) and pull up a chair and join the (virtual) party. Register/RSVP here and a link will be provided on Friday afternoon via email for the virtual event. (You may have to download the Google Meet app or Zoom to participate.)

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So join us for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.


    • Saturday, October 17, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • http://ahuman.convio.net/site/R?i=uL1kCEyuUjZgzx0xnOORyg

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    [Event sponsored by PFC partner organization]

    The LGBTQ Humanist Alliance and the American Humanist Association invite you to Centering the Margins: a virtual half-day summit for and by LGBTQ humanists, atheists, and nonbelievers on Saturday, October 17. Our second annual summit focuses on celebrating creativity and a liberated future.

    The half-day event will provide a necessary space for activists, students, organizers, and movement leaders from around the country, and will feature an inclusive and intersectional program that enables LGBTQ members of the nontheist and humanist community to come together, learn from each other, connect on issues, and collaborate on actions.

    The conference will intentionally center the voices of LGBTQ people in our humanist movement.

    Topics for discussions, presentations, and workshops include racial justice, survey data and state level advocacy on LGBTQ issues, building and maintaining secular LGBTQ communties, caucuses, and more.

    Registration is now open. Click here to register for free.

    Want to learn more about the LGBTQ Humanist Alliance? Check out their website for details about their mission, the summit, and how to get involved.

    We hope to see you there!


    • Sunday, October 18, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    We're a secular community that celebrates life! Celebrate with us from your own space.

    What happens at an Assembly? Every third Sunday, we sing and dance. We also have a mind-stimulating lecture ranging from a number of topics from science to art to philosophy. After, we connect with our community over coffee and pastries.

    Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Our vision: a secular congregation in every town, city, and village that wants one.

    • Monday, October 19, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Meet
    Register

    PFC normally fields a bar trivia team that competes every Monday night, barring conflicting events (like Steelers games, etc)

    Under the current circumstances, these competitions are not able to be held. So in order to keep our trivial brains properly functioning in the pursuit of trivia, we are holding informal gatherings to keep our communal trivial skills finely tuned.


    • Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Meet
    Register
    Come gather around a virtual table with some other freethinkers to discuss anything at all. Social nights do not typically have a topic of discussion but instead provide a space to gather and talk openly. We will be meeting on-line every Tuesday until the Stay-at-Home order is rescinded for Allegheny County.
    • Thursday, October 22, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Discussion Groups are moderated forums with pre-selected topics. Anyone who wishes to participate in the civil discussions is welcome to do so. The groups nominally represent different geographical locations and will morph back into geographically located in-person discussions when we can do so, for now we meet using zoom. They are currently held every Thursday. The topic for each discussion is announced in advance, sometimes with recommended reading.

    • Friday, October 23, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Even though we can't host an in-person, face-to-face event, we can host a virtual event. So grab a Corona or three (or other beverage of choice) and maybe some munchies or snacks (or even some dinner if you're so inclined) and pull up a chair and join the (virtual) party. Register/RSVP here and a link will be provided on Friday afternoon via email for the virtual event. (You may have to download the Google Meet app or Zoom to participate.)

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So join us for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.


    • Monday, October 26, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Meet
    Register

    PFC normally fields a bar trivia team that competes every Monday night, barring conflicting events (like Steelers games, etc)

    Under the current circumstances, these competitions are not able to be held. So in order to keep our trivial brains properly functioning in the pursuit of trivia, we are holding informal gatherings to keep our communal trivial skills finely tuned.


    • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register
    Pittsburgh Freethought Community Arts and Culture Discussion night. Inviting artists to a discussion of the many ways art expresses our humanist values. We want to hear from art workers in visual media, music, theater, dance, written and spoken word. Join artists in our Freethought Community to share ideas, support and encourage each other, and lift up the importance of art in our lives.
    • Friday, October 30, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Even though we can't host an in-person, face-to-face event, we can host a virtual event. So grab a Corona or three (or other beverage of choice) and maybe some munchies or snacks (or even some dinner if you're so inclined) and pull up a chair and join the (virtual) party. Register/RSVP here and a link will be provided on Friday afternoon via email for the virtual event. (You may have to download the Google Meet app or Zoom to participate.)

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So join us for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.


    • Sunday, November 01, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual
    Register

    With the current Stay-at-Home regime in place, we will be meeting on-line until the order is lifted. So grab some coffee or tea or other beverage and your favorite brunch dish(es) and join others of like mind for a pleasant Sunday morning of conversation and conviviality.

    This event will be hosted virtually, please RSVP to see the link.

    • Monday, November 02, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Meet
    Register

    PFC normally fields a bar trivia team that competes every Monday night, barring conflicting events (like Steelers games, etc)

    Under the current circumstances, these competitions are not able to be held. So in order to keep our trivial brains properly functioning in the pursuit of trivia, we are holding informal gatherings to keep our communal trivial skills finely tuned.


    • Tuesday, November 03, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EST)
    • Meet
    Register
    Come gather around a virtual table with some other freethinkers to discuss anything at all. Social nights do not typically have a topic of discussion but instead provide a space to gather and talk openly. We will be meeting on-line every Tuesday until the Stay-at-Home order is rescinded for Allegheny County.
    • Thursday, November 05, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Examined Lives: Thinking together about things that matter with philosopher Andy Norman


    Topic: To be announced soon
    • Friday, November 06, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Even though we can't host an in-person, face-to-face event, we can host a virtual event. So grab a Corona or three (or other beverage of choice) and maybe some munchies or snacks (or even some dinner if you're so inclined) and pull up a chair and join the (virtual) party. Register/RSVP here and a link will be provided on Friday afternoon via email for the virtual event. (You may have to download the Google Meet app or Zoom to participate.)

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So join us for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.


    • Monday, November 09, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Meet
    Register

    PFC normally fields a bar trivia team that competes every Monday night, barring conflicting events (like Steelers games, etc)

    Under the current circumstances, these competitions are not able to be held. So in order to keep our trivial brains properly functioning in the pursuit of trivia, we are holding informal gatherings to keep our communal trivial skills finely tuned.


    • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
    • (EST)
    World Science Day for Peace and Development is an international day that highlights the important role that science has in society and is celebrated each year on November 10. It also highlights the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. World Science Day was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001 and celebrated for the first time in 2002.
    By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.
    The objectives of World Science Day for Peace and Development are to:

    Strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies;

    Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries;

    Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies;

    Draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavour.

    Individuals and institutions around the world are encouraged to organize an event or activity on World Science Day, including government officials, students, the media and school pupils. World Science Day for Peace and Development has generated many concrete projects, programmes and funding for science around the world. It has also helped foster cooperation between scientists living in regions marred by conflict, one example being the UNESCO-supported creation of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO).
    • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EST)
    • Meet
    Register
    Come gather around a virtual table with some other freethinkers to discuss anything at all. Social nights do not typically have a topic of discussion but instead provide a space to gather and talk openly. We will be meeting on-line every Tuesday until the Stay-at-Home order is rescinded for Allegheny County.
    • Wednesday, November 11, 2020
    • (EST)


    • Thursday, November 12, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Discussion Groups are moderated forums with pre-selected topics. Anyone who wishes to participate in the civil discussions is welcome to do so. The groups nominally represent different geographical locations and will morph back into geographically located in-person discussions when we can do so, for now we meet using zoom. They are currently held every Thursday. The topic for each discussion is announced in advance, sometimes with recommended reading.

    • Friday, November 13, 2020
    • (CST)
    • Sunday, November 15, 2020
    • (CST)
    • Hyatt Regency San Antonio 123 Losoya San Antonio, Texas, 78205

    Gloria Steinem, Margaret Atwood, John Irving to headline FFRF’s fabulous 2020 national convention!


    https://ffrf.org/outreach/convention


    • Friday, November 13, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Even though we can't host an in-person, face-to-face event, we can host a virtual event. So grab a Corona or three (or other beverage of choice) and maybe some munchies or snacks (or even some dinner if you're so inclined) and pull up a chair and join the (virtual) party. Register/RSVP here and a link will be provided on Friday afternoon via email for the virtual event. (You may have to download the Google Meet app or Zoom to participate.)

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So join us for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.


    • Saturday, November 14, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Sunday, November 15, 2020
    • (EST)


    • Monday, November 16, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    Register