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NPR Fund Drive Progress - We're Almost There!
We have received $6,000 toward our goal of $6,700. That's 90%. Let's go over the top in August! If you are planning to contribute and have not yet done so, now would be a great time. If you haven't thought of contributing, we strongly urge you to consider it. Seven hundred dollars is surely doable.
The First Coast Freethought Society has maintained a secular presence in our community since 2007 through our National Public Radio (NPR) announcements on 89.9 WJCT-FM radio. Humanist and freethought ideas are broadcast regularly to more than 1.5 million listeners on Florida’s First Coast. Our NPR announcements are our strength. They do more than merely tell the community who our next monthly speaker will be. They remind the citizens of Northeast Florida of something they need to hear for the rest of their lives: We don’t all think alike and that’s okay.
Here is a Sample Announcement
“The First Coast Freethought Society supports nonreligious persons in the Northeast Florida Area, welcoming humanists, agnostics, atheists, skeptics, and freethinkers. More information at FirstCoastFreethoughtSociety.org.”
Your Help is Still Needed
This year, we are striving to raise $6,700, which, combined with membership dues, would enable us to have our full complement of 13 announcements per month, for the period of July 2015 through June 2016. If 115 folks would each buy one announcement, at $58, we would reach our goal!
But whether you give more or less, please contribute if at all possible. Every bit helps, and if we all pull together, we can succeed!
Earl Coggins, President and Founder
First Coast Freethought Society, Inc.
To Donate on a Monthly Basis
You can now set up automatic monthly donations which you may find very convenient and easy on the budget. You can do this in two different ways.
- Use the PayPal button, above, to schedule automatic monthly donations to our NPR fund. Automatic monthly donations via PayPal require you to have a PayPal account.
- Set up automatic payments through your online banking system.
To Donate on a One-Time Basis
Should you prefer to donate on a one-time basis, here are the ways.
- Use one of the PayPal buttons, above. You do not need a PayPal account to use a major credit card.
- Send a check payable to the FCFS to P.O. Box 550591, Jacksonville, FL 32255.
- Bring your contribution to a meeting or another FCFS event and give it to a board member.
Whichever method you select, you will receive a letter from the treasurer, suitable for your IRS records, acknowledging your tax-deductible contribution.
Thank you for your support!
Monday, September 21, 2015
TITLE: “Building God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction”
SPEAKER: Julie Ingersoll, PhD, Professor of Religious Studies, and Religious Studies Program Coordinator, University of North Florida
DESCRIPTION: At the meeting, Ingersoll will be discussing her most recent book, Building God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Ingersoll explains in this eye-opening book that for the last several decades, at the far fringes of American evangelical Christianity has stood an intellectual movement known as Christian Reconstructionism. The proponents of this movement embrace a radical position: arguing that all of life should be brought under the authority of biblical law as it is contained in both the Old and New Testaments. They challenge the legitimacy of democracy, argue that slavery is biblically justifiable, and support the death penalty for all manner of "crimes" described in the Bible including homosexuality, adultery, and Sabbath breaking. But, as Ingersoll shows in her book, this "Biblical Worldview" shapes their views not only on political issues, but on everything from private property and economic policy to history and literature. Holding that the Bible provides a coherent, internally consistent, and all-encompassing worldview, they seek to remake the entirety of society--church, state, family, economy--along biblical lines.
Dr. Ingersoll’s work has been cited in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New York Times, LA Times, American Prospect, Ms Magazine, The Nation, Salon.com, and Beliefnet.
LOCATION: Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 8447 Manresa Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32244. From the I-295 Roosevelt exit, go north to the first traffic light, Collins Rd. Turn right. Go 400 ft. The church driveway will be on your right.
MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC • NO TICKETS REQUIRED • FREE PARKING
Welcome to the First Coast Freethought Society. Now in our seventeenth year!
Founded in 1998, we are a group of freethinkers dedicated to promoting science and reason over dogma, faith, and belief in the supernatural. Our purpose is to serve the needs of the nonreligious population of Northeast Florida, promoting secular humanism, a non-theistic outlook and approach to everyday life.
We provide a place where agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, and secular humanists can gather to hear speakers, discuss philosophy, science, and other topics of interest. We offer support to those who have rejected or are questioning their religious beliefs.
At our meetings, you will find a forum for individuals interested in learning more about humanism and freethought. Through lectures and informal discussions, we explore topics of interest and enjoy fellowship with like-minded people. Meetings are free and open to the public. In addition to monthly meetings, we offer a variety of other activities. See below. We hope to see you at a meeting or another activity that appeals to you!
The First Coast Freethought Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization under IRS Chapter 501(c)(3).
- When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., the THIRD MONDAY of every month
- Where: Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 8447 Manresa Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32244. From the I-295 Roosevelt exit, go north to the first traffic light, Collins Rd. Turn right. Go 400 ft. The church driveway will be on your right.
- What: A formal program, usually a guest speaker, followed by questions and answers.
- When: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., the FIRST SUNDAY of every month.
- Where: Books-A-Million, 9400 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225.
- What: Follow the link above to see current book selection, past book selections, and contact information.
- When: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., the SECOND THURSDAY of every month.
- Where: Clubhouse at a private condominium in St. Augustine (Anastasia Island).
- What: Follow the link above for current book selection, past book selections, and contact information.
Monthly Olive Garden Social
- When: Drinks at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00, the FOURTH TUESDAY of every month
- Where: Olive Garden Restaurant, 10144 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256, across from The Avenues Mall Order from the menu.
Secular Sunday in the Park
- When: 10:00 a.m., the FOURTH SUNDAY of every month
- Where: Losco Regional Park, under the pavilion, 10851 Hood Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32257
What: Conversation and coffee in the fresh air
Dignity U Wear
- This activity has been discontinued for the time being.
- Everyone can receive The First Coast FreeThinker via e-mail, view it in your browser, or download it from our website. Members are entitled to receive the U.S. Mail hard-copy version.
- A trial subscription of the hard-copy version is available for three months at no charge, following which, you need to join to continue to receive it.
- Join the FCFS Yahoo! Group, Jaxfreethought, to exchange e-mail with other freethinkers. You need not be a member of the FCFS to participate.
- To subscribe, send a blank email to jaxfreethought.
Dinners for Doubters
- Dinners for Doubters is a convenient, easy way to create an instant dinner party, get to know other freethinkers, and make new friends in intimate surroundings. It works like this: Someone decides to host a Dinner for Doubters. The host or hostess picks a date and decides how many people he or she would like to invite. A party totaling eight seems to work well, but this is entirely up to you. You may want only four! We then put a sign-up sheet at the back table at our monthly meetings, and guests sign up to attend. When the guest list is filled, the host or hostess contacts each guest to arrange the menu and who will bring what. Often, the host or hostess provides the entrée, and the guests provide a salad, beverage, vegetable, dessert, etc. But again, who brings what is entirely up to the participants. In fact, if a person whose house is very small wanted to host a dinner, they could pick a restaurant and all go Dutch. The goal of Dinners for Doubters is to allow mixing and mingling, getting to know new and different people, and to allow freethinker friendships to flourish. Consider hosting a dinner. Be watching for a Dinners for Doubters sign-in sheet at the back table!