Feed Your Brain Lecture Series
Please join us at 4:30 p.m. on the third Sundays of every month for our FEED YOUR BRAIN programs.
These events feature fascinating authors, scholars, and luminaries from many fields that expand our knowledge and understanding of the world and the people who inhabit it. CFI's naturalistic approach to wisdom holds that there is no issue exempt from examination and discussion. Admission to these events is $8, or free for Friends of the Center, unless otherwise noted.
Held at the Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627
1 block west of Newport and Harbor Blvd.
Please see upcoming lectures below.
The Religious Right: Stronger Than Ever Before
Sunday, Oct. 19
Eddie Tabash, chair of the Board of Directors of all of CFI and a prominent constitutional lawyer, will bring us up to date on the latest and most successful efforts of the religious right to abolish the separation of church and state and to usher in a theocracy.
Tabash also chairs the First Amendment Task Force of the Council for Secular Humanism, serves as chair of the National League Committee for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and is known for his work directed at protecting full legal equality for everyone regardless of perspective on matters of religion.
Tabash is also one of the most well-known atheist spokespersons and debaters in the country.
Friends of the Center: Free
Living Between Belief and Unbelief
Sunday, Nov. 16
Sometimes, people settle in to beliefs about the world, but most of the time, whether they admit it or not, their ideas are constantly evolving. During the past year, former pastor Ryan Bell has been examining his Christian worldview and exploring a world beyond belief, and he has learned a great deal about what it means to live in the space in-between belief and unbelief, certainty and doubt. What would it look like for each person to remain open to what the world has to teach?
For 19 years, Bell was a pastor, most recently the senior pastor of the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church. In March 2013 he resigned due to theological and practical differences. As an adjunct professor he has taught subjects ranging from intercultural communication to bioethics. Currently he is a researcher, writer and speaker on the topic of religion and irreligion in America. In January, Ryan began a year-long journey exploring the limits of theism and the atheist landscape in the United States and blogs about that experience here at "Year Without God."
Bell received a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.
Friends of the Center: Free
Sunday, Dec. 21