Sunday, 10 March 2019

Psychedelic Mushrooms, Fertility Cults and the origin of religion


Jim Muscaria explains some of the intriguing beginnings of religion. Jim's talk leans heavily on the controversial work of visionary scholar John Allegro.

It will take us on a trip through some interesting subjects

Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non-supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to: http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html


Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:
7.00pm
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
REDFERN, NSW 2000
Dinner and drinks are available at the club.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Pentecostal churches

Friday 8th March, 7.00 - 9.00pm


Javen Sanchez belonged to one of the largest Pentecostal churches in Australia. Pentecostal churches are also known as happy clappers and megachurches. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is an adherent to one of them known as Horizon Church. Others include Hillsong and C3 (Christian City Church)
What are these churches, how do they function, how do they get so rich and how do they become so influential? What are the effects on believers and what happens to those who leave?
Javen will cover these areas as well as the epistemology of Pentecostal churches and his journey to atheism.

Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to: http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html

To buy advance purchase tickets for non financial members, please go to https://www.trybooking.com/BANUC

Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:

2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
REDFERN, NSW 2000

The entrance is 20 metres across Gibbons Street from Redfern Station under the SPAR sign. You can walk up the stairs, the escalator or use the elevator to the 2nd floor where the club is located. The outside of the venue is shown below.

Parking is available in the shopping complex and adjacent streets.

Please have your meal in the adjacent lounge areas where there is a variety of food and drinks including Australian and Chinese meals - see the menu selection at: http://www.clubredfern.com.au/dining

Friday, 4 January 2019

Armin Navabi - Does Islam need to be reformed?

Zara Kay - Women in Islam.



We are hugely honoured to have a special guest from Canada, Armin Navabi.
Armin is an Iranian Canadian ex-Muslim atheist and secular activist, author and podcaster, currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In 2011, he founded the online freethought community Atheist Republic, a Canada-based non-profit organisation which has hundreds of branches called "consulates" in several countries around the world. These enable non-believers to interact in societies where irreligion, apostasy and blasphemy are often criminalised and repressed. As an author, he debuted with the book Why There Is No God (2014). He co-hosts the podast show Secular Jihadists for a Muslim Enlightenment, with Ali A. Rizvi.

On this evening, we will also have Zara Kay, a Tanzanian Ex-Muslim atheist activist and founder of Faithless Hijabi which aims to support and empower Ex-Muslim women across the globe. Zara was recently featured on the front page of The Australian talking about her journey and her work with Faithless Hijabi https://www.facebook.com/theaustralian/posts/10151209628849978

Join us for an evening of enlightenment with the two activists and a panel discussion. Audience engagement is highly encouraged during the panel discussion, so prep your questions.

PLEASE NOTE this event is on a Thursday.

Entry to this event will be $15.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $20.00 for non-supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to: http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html

To buy advance purchase tickets for non-financial members, please go to:
https://www.trybooking.com/BACKJ
Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:
7.00 - 9.00pm Thursday 7th February
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
REDFERN, NSW 2000


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Sydney Atheists held their AGM on Friday 14th of September.
A new committee was elected as follows:
President Steve Marton
Vice President Jessica Nissan
Secretary Rob Rayment
Treasurer Semih Ilhan
Assistant Secretary / Treasurer Mohamed Farahat
Public Officer Mike Beecham
Public Relations Officer Sam

Sydney Atheists wish all of our members and friends a happy and healthy 2019

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Judaism - tenets followed by 55% of the world - how and why?

Judaism is a non-proselytising religion, yet most of its tenets are followed by 55% of the world's population and utilised by an overwhelming number of proselytising religions including virtually every form of Christianity and Islam.

What is it about the fantasy, fables, fiction and edicts of Judaism that have led to such widespread following, as well as so much social and human suffering over at least the last two thousand years?

Steve Marton explains.




Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non-supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to: http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html

Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:
7.00pm - 9.00pm
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
REDFERN, NSW 2000

RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/pqbqkqyxqbsb/

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Escape from religion - Catholicism

Jenny grew up a Catholic.
What is this religion?
What does it do?
How did Jenny escape?
What were the ramifications?
Jenny will answer these and many more questions in an informative talk about Catholicism.

Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to: http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html




Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
REDFERN, NSW 2000

https://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/cckkxnyxpbmb/

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Scripture in schools - a blight on our education system


Dr Darrin Morgan is from FIRIS - Fairness In Religion In Schools. His talk will focus on religious instruction in NSW public schools in the context of international human rights and the machinations of elements of the scripture lobby which are aimed at dismissing the rights of parents/caregivers with non-religious belief systems.

Unlike NSW, Victoria has succeeded in removing the perniciousness of scripture.

Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non-supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to: http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html

This talk  will be held from 7.00 to 9.00pm Friday 12th of October at the Function Room
Club Redfern:
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
REDFERN, NSW 2000
RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/cckkxnyxnbqb/