Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Sam Harris Sunday 24th of January
Ticket Auction

We are auctioning off two tickets to the upcoming Sam Harris event which will include an appearance by Maajid Nawaz. It will be on Sunday the 24th of January, 6.15pm at the State Theatre Sydney. The retail price for these tickets is $159.68 each plus fees. You can bid for one or both tickets.

We will announce the latest auction price at this site so that we have a transparent bidding process. The bidding process will close at 7.00pm on Friday the 22nd of January unless a bid of $150 is received before then for each of the tickets. The first offer at that price will be accepted.

Please submit your bid offer by email at: contact@sydneyatheists.org

Tickets are also available through https://www.thinkinc.org.au/events/samharris/

Current ticket bid

Ticket A     $150  Sold and no longer available
Ticket B     $90   Latest bid

Friday, 18 December 2015

AGM December 2015

At the 2015 AGM held on Wednesday the 16th of December, a new committee was elected with just one change in personnel.

Jenny Howatson stepped down as secretary for family and work reasons. We thank Jenny for all of her wonderful input through her time as secretary.

In her place, we welcome Caroline Wykamp. Caroline has a background in management which will complement the skills set of the committee.

The newly elected Sydney Atheists committee for 2016 comprises:

President Steve Marton
Vice President Jessica Nissan
Secretary Caroline Wykamp
Treasurer Semi Ilhan
Public Relations Officer Thomas Kraemer
Assistant Treasurer / Secretary Mohamed Farahat
Public Officer Michael Beecham

Sydney Atheists look forward to another successful year in growing the organisation, its members, funds and most importantly its impact on the wider community.

One of our first assignments will be to address the Human Rights Commission's Religious Freedom Roundtable for non-faith organisations in February. A letter will be sent to Supporter / Financial members of Sydney Atheists by our Public Relations Officer, Thomas Kraemer.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Final Sydney Atheists talk for 2015 

Deep space exploration by Princeton Research Scholar Thomas Kraemer.

RSVP here:


Friday, 30 October 2015

New Home

Sydney Atheists' previous venue has been closed for renovations and may no longer be available to us in the format that we were used to.

We have a new and much better venue - the Function Room at Club Redfern. 
Located on the second floor at 159 Redfern Street (on the corner with Gibbons Street), it is a 20 metre walk across Gibbons Street from Redfern station.

Not only is our new home very convenient to transport, we will have a far wider selection of food, better lighting, more comfortable chairs, a huge screen for audiovisual, a projector that screens from the ceiling, thus not interfering in people's views. The location can be reached not only by stairs, but also by escalator and elevator. Whilst one could not get a coffee or tea at our previous venue, that becomes a possibility at the new one.

Attendees are well advised to get to the venue before our talks begin to have their meals though on limited ocassions food may be brought into the Function room. Drinks can always be brought into the Function room.
To see the menu selection, please go to  http://www.clubredfern.com.au/dining

A photo below shows the entrance to the venue under the SPAR sign.

If you have issues finding the venue, please call Steve 0450 123 211

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Press Release

Dear Malcolm Turnbull,

Congratulations on your ascendancy in becoming Prime Minister.

We also congratulate you on your desire to advance the country and your interest in science, technology and innovation. We would like to propose the abolition of funding for School Chaplains.

As you are no doubt aware, chaplains and clergy in general spend an inordinate time dwelling on and teaching ancient outdated texts to the detriment of scientific knowledge and human advancement. It is our view that overtly or covertly, they seek to inculcate religion - belief in imaginary beings, imaginary places and imaginary afterlives - as well as backward thinking rather than rational thinking, free expression and broad respect for the evolving laws and peoples of the land.

Abolition of the Chaplaincy would save $250 million dollars and we see such expenditure as inappropriate. We encourage you to do this.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Marton
President Sydney Atheists

Friday, 18 September 2015

The Heathen Comedy show returns for 2015
Friday 9th October

Enjoy an evening of entertainment, fun and irreverence.
Our star studded Comedians for this evening include:
MC Peter Meisel, comedians Jazz Twemlow, Ben Elwood and the powerhouse Australian comedian who has spent the last ten years performing in the UK, Steve Hughes.
General Admission $25. Supporter Members $20.00.
It is easy to become a Supporter Member of Sydney Atheists either by joining at one of our events or please go to  http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html 

The 2014 Heathen Comedy Show was a huge success with the following being just some of the comments:
"Great night of comedy!"
"Hilarious night. Makes you feel sane & proud to be an Atheist!"
"Deliciously blasphemous. I smirked, sniggered and chuckled for the entire evening."
"Best belly laugh for ages"
"The Comedy Show was terrific"
Dinner and drinks will be available from 6.00pm. Meals begin at $10.00. The show will commence at 7.30.

Tickets through our Trybooking site:  http://www.trybooking.com/IGQZ .

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Friday 11th September Talk - Exodus

This is a special evening when two gentlemen, Nad - formerly a Coptic Christian - and Mohamed  - formerly a Sunni Muslim - will discuss their journeys from Egypt to Australia and from their religions to atheism. What was life like in Egypt, what transformations occurred in Australia? What prompted them, how did their journeys progress and what were the implications? How did their families and friends react? Hear the answers to these questions and many more.

To RSVP and purchase tickets, please go to: http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/222831026/