Russell and Tracie take viewer calls.
Russell and Tracie take viewer calls.
Author and Film-maker Chris Johnson will be in Austin for a showing of his film version of his book “A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy & Meaning in a World Without God”. The event is free for ACA members, but there will be a $5 charge for nonmembers of ACA. It will be held June 28, 2015, from 1-3 PM, at the Trinity United Methodist Church (4001 Speedway, Austin). If you’d like to join the Facebook event page and receive updates, please feel free.
Chris’ journey began with a book. He reached out to us at The Atheist Experience while he was working on his project, and we have followed his progress ever since, with many of us supporting his efforts with participation and resources, because it’s a cause many of us felt comfortable getting behind.
As part of the effort to produce the book, Chris also videotaped the atheists who agreed to interviews. After the book’s publication, he began work on processing and editing the video footage to produce a companion film version. During the 2014 ACA Annual Bat Cruise, Chris came to Austin to be a joint “pre-cruise” speaker along with Richard Carrier. Chris presented a short trailer for the upcoming film and talked about the inspiration behind his project—to dispel the negative misconception of atheists as people without joy and meaning.
That same weekend, you may recall seeing Chris and Richard both on The Atheist Experience talking about their respective projects.
Since then we’ve been expectantly following the progress of the movie at this blog. And if you have as well, then you are aware it opened with a world premier to a sold out crowd in London earlier this year. He’s been showing it all around the globe, and we are extremely excited to have him coming back to Austin to showcase the culmination of all his hard work.
Hope you can make it!
We have an e-mail from a viewer who has a LOT of questions. I began to answer it, and got about halfway down before I thought “this is taking A LOT of time.” I asked him if he was OK with me sharing his questions at the blog for reader/viewer response, and he was. So, please feel free to offer your responses. I am sending him this blog article link so he can read your feedback and clarify any questions you may have if he wants to join in. Thank you all for helping this viewer! [Read more…]
Taking viewer calls.
Brief intro about how some religious views negatively impact, or even destroy family structures and bonds when members fail to conform, based on viewer mail regarding the atheist experience in the family environment.
Then on to viewer calls including a brief after show.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to present at last year’s ReAsonCon. It was an amazing experience, with atheists traveling from all over NC and neighboring states just to attend. The crowd was enthusiastic and inspirational, and I was very excited to be asked to participate in this year’s event as well.
In addition to me, a number of other familiar names will be there to speak and present, including ACA’s own Beth Presswood. Others you’ll want to come and check out, include Phil Ferguson, David Smalley, Heina Dadabhoy, and David Fitzgerald.
Some of your favorite podcasts will be there representing as well, including Atheist Avengers, Cognitive Dissonance, The Scathing Atheist, No Religion Required, Bar Room Atheist, Atheist Roundtable, Everyone’s Agnostic, Dogma Debate with David Smalley, and more.
If you’re interested in attending and would like more information or tickets, they have an official website up promoting the event and offering the full range of everything you need to know to get there, stay there, and have a great time.
Hope to see you all there!
Viewer calls. Sleep paralysis. James Joyce’s quote: “There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.”
Je suis Charlie. And viewer calls.
Russell and Tracie take viewer calls.
Edit: Russell here, piggybacking on this post to say I’m going to be giving a talk at St. Charles Community College near St. Louis, MO next week. Here are the details to share on Facebook.
Hey, Tracie here. I’ve agreed to speak at the 2015 ReasonCon, since I had such a fun time speaking at the one this year in May! That being said, I feel a little obligated to share out some of the promotional materials for the event as part of my due diligence as someone who has agreed to be involved. That being said, here is the link to the promotional video, and here is some information on the initial press release (shared with permission), for anyone interested in attending:
Hickory, North Carolina – November 1, 2014 –“It was beyond anything I would have imagined for such a small town. To see what these groups pulled together–created for themselves–was an inspiration. In fact, every time I turned around, I felt inspired this weekend. The people, the event, the attitudes and dedication-were all inspiring,” Tracie Harris, speaker at ReasonCon One in 2014.
ReasonCon is an event to showcase the existence of a secular community in the southeastern United States. It is a gathering of atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, believers, and everything in between to join the conversation about what it means to be secular, and the benefits for all in the continued and vigilant separation of church and state.
This is also an opportunity for people in the Hickory area to learn more about what it means to be an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, etc. This year, ReasonCon 2015 is being hosted by the Hickory Humanist Alliance, a local chapter of the American Humanist Association with 2 affiliate groups of their own, which gather in the Hickory area once a month.
Over 400 people attended ReasonCon One, as it was called, in May of 2014. The event took place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel and featured a day full of speakers talking about everything from using analogies in explaining secularism to the question of the authenticity or existence of an historical Jesus.
ReasonCon 2015 will take place on April 24th and 25th, with a VIP dinner on Friday night at which attendees can meet, chat, and dine with the event’s guest speakers, and then a full lineup of speakers and other events throughout the day on Saturday.
Guest speakers will include: Tracie Harris and Beth Presswood of the Atheist Community of Austin, both of whom frequently appear on The Atheist Experience television show; Ryan Bell, the pastor who decided to try a “year without God”; Heina Dadabhoy, a feminist secular humanist author and blogger; Phil Ferguson, founder of Champaign Urbana Freethinkers and investment advisor; and David Fitzgerald, author, activist, and co-founder & director of the world’s first Atheist Film Festival.
Tickets for ReasonCon 2015, as well as official ReasonCon 2015 T-shirts, will go on sale beginning at midnight on November 1, 2014 at http://www.ReasonNC.com. Early Bird prices will last between November 1 and December 20, 2014, and give attendees a discount for purchasing tickets early. (All ticket prices will be listed on the website.) Those who purchase tickets after December 20, 2014 will pay full price. In the meantime, follow @HickoryHumanist on Twitter, or Hickory Humanist Alliance on Facebook to get further updates, watch for #ReasonCon2015, see the ReasonCon 2015 trailer, and see sneak previews of the events.
Rachael Allman or Gene Elliott
PO Box 294
Claremont, NC 28610