Christian privilege in America is often denied, seldom addressed, and can undermine diversity when it comes to worldview. Participants in this session will explore manifestations and effects of Christian privilege, particularly in intersectional environments – whether an interfaith program, service projects, social justice work, or other collaborative endeavors. This workshop will identify ways to address that privilege to create a more welcoming environment for all.
Presenter: Lyz Liddell
An asexual is someone who doesn’t experience sexual attraction. While it’s a simple definition, we will correct common assumptions, and explain the the asexual spectrum through our personal experiences. We will discuss obstacles faced by asexual-spectrum folk and why it’s important to be aware of it and talk about it. And completely unique to this panel, we’ll discuss the good and the bad of how our experiences intersect with atheism and skepticism. This is especially important considering that the asexual community is predominantly non-religious right now.
Panelists: Tristan Miller (mod), Cerberus, Elizabeth, Erin
Why common “proofs” of God’s existence don’t hold up.
How could veganism & humanism possibly be related? Our panelists don’t think they’re so very different from each other. They will explore the intersections between veganism and humanism, while addressing some of the more privileged aspects of the vegan community.
Mai Dao, Lilandra, Shanon Nebo, Heina Dadabhoy, Cindy Cooper, Marissa Torres Langseth, Michael Nam and Yau Man Chan discuss the Secular Asian Community.
A discussion on the accomplishments of Atheism+ since it was first thought up, what’s going on with the movement now, and how you can be a part of it. Emphasis is placed on the creation of safe spaces, the importance of having them, and how people can participate in these spaces.
From the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, an evening of readings about sexuality without gods, goddesses, or spirits hanging around to tell you that you’re doing it wrong. Performers are Juba Kalamka, Dana Fredsti, Virgie Tovar, Simon Sheppard, Kate Sirls, David Fitzgerald, and Greta Christina.
Since Feb 1, 2009, Filipino Freethinkers (filipinofreethinkers.org) has been promoting reason, science, and secularism in a predominantly religious, mostly superstitious, and practically theocratic country. Listen to their stories, ask them questions, and learn how you can help them keep fighting the good fight in the last bastion of Catholicism in Southeast Asia. It’s their five year anniversary. Learn about their challenges and goals, and how to help them advance the cause of freethought.
Jewish atheists are a sometimes-invisible subset of our community. Chana and Miri will discuss Jewish atheism: what it means, what challenges we face within both our atheist and our Jewish communities, how we deal with cognitive dissonance, how our views of both Judaism and atheism differ from those of others, and so on.
What can the atheist movement do to help be more inclusive of those who struggle with chronic pain and disability? What role has disability played in encouraging people to leave religion? Where do atheist movements fail and succeed when it comes to accessibility? Why are accessibility and disability justice important? Why is it important to have secular alternatives to church-run programs?