Exciting news for the start of 2015:
Free CFI memberships for students!

The Center for Inquiry is kicking off a new membership program, and until April 1, 2015, any student may become a CFI member at no cost. These free memberships last for one year and come with the same benefits as a contributing membership, including:

  • A personalized membership card
  • CFI’s new quarterly newsletter, Freethought In Action
  • Discounted rates at local events and national conferences

New student membership rates will be announced shortly before the April 1 deadline, so take advantage of this opportunity and sign up today to become a member of your advocate for science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

Become a CFI member today!

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Questions? Contact CFI Outreach at outreach@centerforinquiry.net or 716-636-4869 ext. 406.


Celebrate Openly Secular Day:
April 23, 2015

Leaders of the non-religious community have come together and chosen a day to encourage and empower fellow non-believers to come out. Openly Secular Day is part of the broader Openly Secular campaign, whose mission is "to eliminate discrimination and increase acceptance by getting secular people - including atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, humanists and nonreligious people - to be open about their beliefs."

 
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Another Successful Year: CFI On Campus affiliate groups in 2014

January 28, 2015 Stef McGraw

The CFI On Campus team is excited for the rest of 2015. From working on the 2015 CFI Leadership Conference (July 30 - August 2 in Amherst, NY) to continuing to develop resources and plan for the future of CFI On Campus, we’re looking forward to an eventful and productive year.

But, of course, CFI On Campus isn’t really about us–it’s about the freethinking students who build community and advocate for skepticism and secularism every day on their campuses. And based on the incredible work they did in 2014, we’re just as enthusiastic about what the future holds for freethinking students in 2015. While it’s fresh on our minds, we’d like to highlight just a few of the many accomplishments of CFI On Campus affiliate groups in 2014:

 

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Affiliate Group of the Week: Secular Society at Elon

December 18, 2014 Stef McGraw

This week, we're highlighting the Secular Society at Elon as Affiliate Group of the Week. We met Broadway Jackson III, group leader and then-intern of the Secular Coalition for America, at our CFI Leadership Conference this past summer, and were impressed with his thoughtful contributions during workshops. He continues to contribute his thoughts from time-to-time on The Course of Reason, including the following run-down of his background, his group, and his view of the future of secularism.

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Affiliate Group of the Week: Kettering Secular Skeptics

December 12, 2014 Stef McGraw

This week's Affiliate Group of the Week is the Kettering Secular Skeptics (KSS). We asked group leader Austin Edwards some questions about himself and his group; read on to learn about his New Age upbringing, how he got KSS started, and what his group has in store for the future:

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Being Nonreligious During the Holiday Season

December 8, 2014 Rebecca Surroz

"So you're an atheist...but your family celebrates Christmas! Why would you do that? How can you celebrate that? It's about Jesus!"
"Well, why do you celebrate Halloween?"
"I...well...you've been asked this before, haven't you?"

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Affiliate Group of the Week: Furman University Society of Free Inquiry

November 20, 2014 Stef McGraw

CFI On Campus is excited to bring back our Affiliate Group of the Week series on the Course of Reason blog! This week we're highlighting the Furman University Society of Free Inquiry (SoFI). We met three of their officers at last summer's CFI Leadership Conference, and were impressed with their enthusiasm and passion for the student freethought movement. Director of Public Relations Kristen Murdaugh gave us her thoughts about her group, the secular movement at large, and more:

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