Colorado Secular Conference
 

We want to thank everyone who attended the inaugural conference and helped make this event such a success. We're pleased to announce that the 2nd annual Colorado Secular Conference is on the way and you can learn more about it at the following website:

http://www.cosecularconference.org

To all the volunteers and organizations that helped make this event possible in the past and currently, we'd like to express our most sincere thanks.

Photos from the inaugural conference can be viewed in the photo gallery of Humanists Doing Good.

 

When: This event took place on July 21st, 2012

Where: Colorado Mesa University Ballroom (2nd floor of University Center), Grand Junction

Contact Information: 970-623-2598, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We invite you to be a part of the inaugural Colorado Secular Conference located in Grand Junction and sponsored by the Colorado Coalition of Reason. We also invite you to join us on an optional tour of the awe-inspiring Colorado National Monument and for some wine tasting the day after the conference. Our goal is to allow secular people from around the region to meet one another, share ideas, and to learn from several different speakers on a variety of topics. This is a golden opportunity for secularists, humanists, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and others to come together. The conference is also a chance for curious members of the community to come and learn about the secular movement, its supporters and to also learn about important issues that affect us all like the Patriot Act. An "early bird" session will begin at 10:00 am in the ballroom of Colorado Mesa University, located on the 2nd floor of the University Center. Admission and parking at the university's parking structure are free. A raffle will also be carried out at the conference for chances to win two pairs of tickets to see Bill Maher perform at the Pikes Peak Center on July 28th. Donations are welcomed and help us continue to offer speakers for free in the future. If you would like to make an online donation, please click here to donate.

*** REGISTRATION HAS ENDED ***

*** The optional tour on Sunday is now FULL ***

 

 


 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(Schedule may change)

SATURDAY

10:00 am - 10:45 am - Early-bird Special: What Does It Mean to You?

This early session is intended to allow attendees an opportunity to answer questions and provide their input on a variety of topics. A facilitator will ask questions such as, "What does secular mean to you?" or "What does it mean to be an atheist, agnostic, humanist or freethinker to you?" and "What does it mean to be nonreligious in today's society?" We intend this to be an opportunity to listen to attendees' perspectives and a chance to begin to get to know each other.

 

11:00 am - Noon - Ignorance Becomes Intolerance: The Truth about Religious Liberty

Widespread ignorance and misinformation about the rights and limits of religious liberty is breeding a new form of religious intolerance. A distorted interpretation of the U.S. Constitution is leading Christians to believe they are victims whose rights are under attack. As this false perception of persecution grows, it diminishes an individual’s right to believe as he or she chooses and chips away at the wall of separation between church and state.


 

 

Noon - 1:00 pm - Lunch Break

Lunch will not be provided, though there are several nearby restaurants to grab a quick bite to eat.

 

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm - An Introduction To Humanism

Humanism - ask a dozen Humanists what it means, get a dozen different answers. Read the website of the American Humanist Association, get another dozen different answers! Somebody needs to put together a presentation that explains Humanism to a general audience. Well guess what - they have! The Humanists of Colorado will use its 30 years of experience to walk the audience through a slide show that explains Humanism from the ground up: ancient history; importance to the Renaissance and Enlightenment and the founding of the USA; current trends; varying definitions and related concepts; future directions; and most importantly, what Humanists are doing in your community.

 Humanists of Colorado

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Good For Goodness' Sake

Humanists Doing Good, based in Grand Junction, will offer an informative presentation about the importance of volunteerism and humanitarianism as it relates to the secular movement. Humanists Doing Good is an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association and their volunteers carry out a wide variety of good deeds throughout the Grand Valley region. They provide numerous educational events and are the hosts of this conference. They also promote fellowship and community for the nonreligious through a wide range of social activities ranging from hikes to themed dinners. They stress the importance of actively doing good for the sake of good and without strings attached.

Humanists Doing Good

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - The Patriot Act

Dr. Kathleen Hynes is a speaker with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. She will speak about the Patriot Act and its impact on our civil rights and liberties. After receiving a PhD in Sociology from the University of Denver, she held a faculty appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine teaching medical ethics and researching health care delivery systems. She left the University and began her own research business, which she pursued for over two decades. She works with the ACLU because there is no better way to ensure social justice than by working to protect, defend and extend the civil rights and civil liberties of all people.
 

3:15 pm - 6:30 pm - Building and Growing Your Group

Presenter, Michael Werner, will be flying in from North Carolina to offer this informative seminar. This longer session is intended to go into some detail on a number of important issues relating to secular groups. Secular activists and leaders of secular organizations will especially want to be in attendance for this informative seminar.

This interactive seminar covers the following:

Part 1 (3:15 pm - 4:45 pm)
Individual group issues
Does your style need to change?
Individual styles in the secular world
Respecting all the styles
National organizations
Regional organizations
Why we are more like tribes
Discussion: What is your tribe?
Classic group problems and pitfalls

(15 minute break)

Part 2 (5:00 pm - 6:30 pm)
Non-theism in four dimensions: Inner personal, Inter-relational, Societal, Global
What works for who we are
What works for building community--specifics
What works for you?
What will work for you going forward?

Followup and feedback on the workshop

 

SUNDAY - * TOUR IS NOW AT FULL CAPACITY *

(Optional Recreational Activities)

9:00 am - Tour of the Colorado National Monument

Humanists Doing Good will be offering a tour of the awe-inspiring Colorado National Monument and we'll meet at the parking lot of the university before heading out. The Colorado National Monument is filled with breathtaking views, sheer cliffs, towering monoliths and much more. The Monument is without a doubt one of Colorado's treasures.

Colorado National Monument

Optional Lunch from Fraps & Wraps

Around Noon

Fraps & Wraps has teamed up with the Colorado Secular Conference. We'll stop for lunch at the cafe. 

Tour of Grand Valley Wineries

After having lunch, we will travel to the Grand Valley's wine country with everyone from the tour to show people around several local wineries. We'll sample many of the area's fine wines and other treats to cap off an excellent weekend.

 Wineries


 

Humanists Doing Good / PO Box 3434 / Grand Junction, CO  81502