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Religion Reporter speaks at event on Thur. Jan. 23.

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Religion reporter and author Becky Garrison will be in town on Thur. Jan. 23 for a "meet and greet" with anyone that would like to talk to her about her religious writings. All event details can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/l8lycwd .

According to religious polls, the number of those that self-identify as "none of the above" is rising. Among the younger generation, the rise is even sharper. What future is there for these "nones" in regard to community? Will they join godless congregations, such as the new movement called "Sunday Assembly?" Or will they simply see no need at all to gather as a community based on belief or non-belief?

In addition, what are some community issues that help people to decide their views on religion? We have atheists going to church, Christians trying out atheism for a year, atheists speaking in churches on diversity panels, etc. What effects are these having on religious communities?

Becky has been reporting on these types of religious issues, as well as on the topic of "The New Atheism." She will provide about a 10 minute commentary on these topics and then we will have an open discussion.

More info about Becky:
http://www.beckygarrison.com/about.html

Becky's writing credits include work for The Washington Post's On Faith column, The Guardian, Believe Out Loud, Killing the Buddha, American Atheist Magazine, Perceptive Travel, The Revealer, Free Inquiry, Religion & Politics, Religion Dispatches, and the now defunct Wittenburg Door.

To see other events sponsored by the Center for Philosophical Naturalism, click here:
http://www.meetup.com/Philosophical-Naturalists . They also have videos available on their free YouTube channel here: http://tinyurl.com/ltub9aa .

Other community, secular, and philosophical groups can also be found at meetup.com . For example, these are some of the groups that Portland has to offer:
-- Westside Science & Religion Disc.: http://tinyurl.com/bkmhdl5
-- Sunday Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/kkc8nyw
-- Center for Inquiry: http://tinyurl.com/mps923r
-- Humanists of Greater Portland: http://tinyurl.com/kmbmt57
-- Atheists Etcetera: http://tinyurl.com/nhjr3ha
-- Philosophy Workshop: http://tinyurl.com/pzs4ajc

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