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May 2019

May
14

SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety)

Tuesday, May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14228 US

SOS is a secular recovery group dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. All those who seek sobriety are welcome as members in any SOS group. For more information contact Eric Chinchon at 716-636-4869 ext. 318 or echinchon@centerforinquiry.net. http://sos-nys.org/

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May
15

Secular Book Club

Wednesday, May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for Inquiry – Transnational, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, New York 14228 United States

By popular vote our Spring selection is "Sabrina" by Nick Drnaso. Join us Wednesday May 15th at 7PM at CFI for another lively Secular Book Club discussion. ABOUT THE BOOK The follow-up to Nick Drnaso’s Beverly, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. Presenting an indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake-news climate. Timely…

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May
16

UNYTS Blood Drive at the Center for Inquiry

Thursday, May 16 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14228 US

This Thursday: Blood Donors Needed! Please sign up for an appointment online.   Why donate blood? There is no substitute for blood. It has to come from one person in order to give to another. A critical number of voluntary donations are required every day to meet the need for blood in the areas we serve.   Make an appointment through UNYTS online.   If you have any questions about donating blood, please contact Unyts at 512-7940 or visit their…

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May
20

Separation of Church and State: a lecture hosted by Americans United of Rochester with Rob Boston

Monday, May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 Fitzhugh St N
Rochester, NY 14614 United States

"Separation of Church and State: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We’d Like to Be” Rob Boston Senior Adviser/Editor Church & State, Americans United A brief annual meeting will precede the program. This event is free and open to the public. All are invited and encouraged to attend. If you’re not already a chapter member, please consider affiliating with us. E-mail chapters@au.org and ask to be counted. Part of your contribution to the national office will help support…

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May
21

SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety)

Tuesday, May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14228 US

SOS is a secular recovery group dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. All those who seek sobriety are welcome as members in any SOS group. For more information contact Eric Chinchon at 716-636-4869 ext. 318 or echinchon@centerforinquiry.net. http://sos-nys.org/

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April Wrap-Up: Witches and Earth Day

May 6, 2019

Phil Stephens joined us for the second in his series of two lectures on magical thinking and witchcraft in anthropology. Both talks were well-attended, and drew lively Q&A discussions with the audience. As usual, members met up at coffee shops throughout the month of April for Cafe Inquiry discussion events at various locations. (Cafe Inquiry …

March Wrap-Up: Magical Thinking

April 2, 2019

Retired UB anthropology professor Phillips Stevens was our speaker for March and April. On March 29, he gave a lecture titled “Magical Thinking: Inherently Human” to an audience of about 70 people. We were glad to welcome our neighbors from the Atheist Community of Rochester to the center, and enjoyed having drinks and snacks with …

February Wrap-Up: Evolution for Educators

March 18, 2019

Bertha Vazquez, Director of CFI’s Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), generously agreed to travel to Buffalo from Florida (in March!) to give a teaching workshop and lecture at headquarters. Bertha’s talk coincided with CFI WNY’s celebration of Darwin Day, an annual recognition of Darwin’s birthday on February 12, 2019. You can view Bertha’s entire …