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Does a Bible Bowl event sound like fun?

Started by Mark Johnston. Last reply by Mark Johnston Sep 22, 2009. 2 Replies

Meet the Rabbi?

Started by Mark Johnston. Last reply by Josh Murray Jul 17, 2009. 5 Replies

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Comment by Josh Murray on August 5, 2009 at 11:32pm
Jason, lately every meeting is an open one. We always have the catholic lady and the last meeting there was also an ex-atheist now xtian there talking about historicity of his mythical god-man and other stuff I'd rather not listen to in our meetings, unless we choose to discuss the topics ourselves, rather than being told as though they are "fact" by a believer, even though history bears just the opposite. Anyway, that's how I feel about it and if this really is going to be an atheist meeting, it should be for atheists.
Comment by Jason G on August 5, 2009 at 6:40pm
Having not yet been to one of these 'open' ones, I'd go just out of curiosity at first. If they're kept with at least a modicum of mutual respect, I'd probably return for follow-ups. It's good to hear the logic they use (or lack thereof) in times where I'm asked by believers why I don't believe. At least I'll have formulated a response to some of the typical reasons that they use for why they believe.
Comment by Mark Johnston on August 5, 2009 at 6:16pm
You've made a great point, Josh. What you're asking for is actually how I promoted the meetings early on. My first goal in promoting the group was to create a hub where all atheists could find something of interest. But things kind of crept in a different direction toward a different goal which is probably a close second - dialog with believers. This secondary goal, though, is clearly a spoke, not a hub.

I would love to hear from other folks about what we should do. My first impulse is to make one meeting open and the other closed. The "meet the pastor" meetings are too irregular to depend on so I think we need a regularly scheduled time where believers can come. I also think that we need to emphasize that when believers are invited, it is not an invitation to preach - it's a time to ask questions and try to understand the other point of view. And we should gently let people know when they overstep that boundary.

Input from the gang is more than welcome. What do y'all think?
Comment by Josh Murray on August 5, 2009 at 3:12pm
I know we are going to have a meeting coming up, but I am not sure how much more I am going to participate. Honestly, I don't go to an "atheist" gathering to have to listen to nonsense out of religious people who decide to come or are invited. It gets old and I thought the idea was for like minded individuals to get together and that the occasional pastor meetings were for including the religious dolts. I have to deal with stupid people enough on an every day basis and am really not inclined to do it on my free time. Let me know what the plans are for future meetings and I will make my decision from there.
Comment by Jason G on July 12, 2009 at 10:11pm
Frisco StarFest was awesome. M13, ring nebula, Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune. It was a great night!
Comment by Mark Johnston on June 29, 2009 at 6:03pm
The Dallas/Plano Atheists are planning on a trip to the Frisco StarFest on Saturday, July 11. If you've ever been curious about the StarFest or the Dallas/Plano Atheists, come on out to The Commons just before dark and you'll get to see some great sights and meet a bunch of great folks.
Comment by Don DeNatale on June 17, 2009 at 10:59pm
I can be there for business meetings, also. My one restriction is no Tuesdays. Also, I will be out of town 6/25 through 7/5. Two, my two restrictions! (Apologies to Monty Python and the Spanish Inquisition sketch.)
Comment by Wendy on June 17, 2009 at 8:40pm
GAH!!! I'd love to help, but it may be a while. Started a new job (in farkin Farmer's Branch) and still doing teacher certification. If you need me to go over any documents I can probably do that by email, I might have an addition/idea or two
Comment by Mark Johnston on June 17, 2009 at 8:26pm
A clear, beautifully worded mission statement. Some half-way workable bylaws. A plan on what needs to be done and when. Then we'll need to start thinking about officers.
Comment by Wendy on June 17, 2009 at 8:20pm
what are you looking for in the business meetings.
 

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