Welcome, new Freethinkers! I know that many of you are new, having just met us at Gobblerfest or the info booth outside of D2. Because of this, I’ll be giving a more detailed description of this week’s events.
Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 7:00-8:30pm: Meet the Freethinkers! This is the same time and place as our normal weekly meetings, but instead of having a particular speaker or discussion topic, this meeting will be for giving everyone a chance to get to know each other. We will have board games, food, materials for drawing/coloring, and plenty of discussion on whatever anyone wants to talk about. If you have a board game that you think people might be interested in playing, feel free to bring it in! We will be in Squires Student Center, Brush Mountain B.
Wed, Sept. 9 at 8:00pm: This Wednesday, our secular support group will be having its second meeting.
Are you struggling with your religious identity? Do you find yourself becoming sad, angry, or isolated because of your religious beliefs or lack thereof? Are you feeling lost or confused as your religious views are rapidly changing?
Freethinkers at Virginia Tech organizes a weekly Secular Support Group to help with these (and similar) issues. If you are having or have had these problems, feel free to come to the meeting to support and get support from your fellow Hokies.
The meeting’s attendance and discussions are confidential and will be moderated by John Gray Williams, a Safe Zone trainer with a Master’s degree in life/career counseling for college students. The next meeting is on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 8:00 pm in the Shenandoah Conference Room (314) in Squires Student Center. That room is on the 3rd floor at the end of the hallway where the LGBTA office is located.
Friday, Sept. 13 at 10:10am: Friday morning, the Breakfast Club will be meeting in the large first floor dining hall in Turner Place. When it comes to people with different beliefs, people often talk past each other instead of with each other. The Breakfast Club seeks to change that. It provides a safe place to engage with the different beliefs and ideas that people have, rather than ignoring them. It provides a chance to learn how to communicate across different religious and political cultures. This week, the discussion will be on politics. The Young Democrats and Libertarians at VT have been invited to participate. In subsequent weeks, the discussion will alternate between religion and politics. If you go, you can find the group by looking for the person in the magenta(pink) hat.
As there are many new people to this listserv, I’d like to say something about our group’s non-discrimination policy. All people are welcome to attend club meetings and events regardless of ability, need, background, lifestyle, culture, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or economic circumstances. We strive to create an environment where people of completely different opinions, backgrounds, and identities can come together and learn from each other. Because of this, we have a rule regarding bigoted language: its use is not welcome at our meetings or events, though it may be discussed in the abstract. Ideas may be investigated, questioned, or challenged, but people need to be met with all due dignity and respect.
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