About This Community
We are a lively group of atheists, secular humanists, free-thinkers, agnostics, and others who embrace a world view guided by a love of reason as well as skepticism toward supernatural beliefs. Our group seeks to bolster area atheists and secular humanists and their families through social gatherings and events, but we also support our members who want to take a more proactive role in community outreach.
We know that being 'atheistic' isn't always easy, so we are here for one another. But we also love to have fun and to learn, to raise our children and strive to reach our potential. We don't all think the same, but we DO honor one another's individuality and courage to reason.
We welcome everyone with an interest in secular humanism, atheism, and the naturalist outlook and encourage you to attend and participate as you see fit!
Portland Center for Inquiry: P.O. Box 3378 Portland, OR 97208
Dani Tofte is a native Oregonian who has lived most of her life in the Portland area. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Oregon and a Graduate Certificate for Training and Development from Portland State University. She joined the CFI advisory board in 2008 while raising two boys. In 2009 she used CFI's Legal Department when she acquired help from Americans United for Separation of Church and State to take on a fundamentalist religious group in her son's elementary school. The conflict was widely publicized and she was able to get policy changes at the district level. She has spoken to various secular groups and at conferences about this issue, as well as on Secular Humanism at alternative high schools.
JON PETERS (MD, MS, FAAFP)
Dr. Peters completed a BS in Zoology from Arizona State University, an MS in Biology from Northern Arizona University, an MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and was awarded the degree of Fellow by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2007. He is a senior partner in his family medicine private practice group in Portland, Oregon. He has been the recipient of several teaching awards. This includes a Master Teacher Award from The Oregon Health & Science University where he is an Affiliate Associate Professor. He has also received the Resident Teacher Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. His interest in origins and the evolution-creation struggle began in 1971 after reading Whitcomb and Morris’ “The Genesis Flood” while pursuing his undergraduate studies. Recently, he again renewed his interest in the religious and scientific conflicts over origins when it became apparent that newer DNA and fossil discoveries might greatly simplify the origins debate between science and many religious traditions. He is the proud father of four wonderful daughters and shares his life with his partner Valerie, often hiking in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter. He is actively promoting secular humanism and reason by serving on the Advisory Board of CFI Portland as a Member at Large. He also started a secular humanist group in east Portland that has grown to over 700 members, giving lectures on evolution and origins. Through this group, Peters advocates for the separation of church and state.