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3rd Annual Colorado Secular Conference 

Celebrating Secular Diversity”

 

Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast

Aurora, Colorado (I-225 and Parker Road) 

August 15th, 16th and 17th, 2014

 

WELCOME

 

 

Greetings From Tom 

 

Welcome to the official website of the 3rd Annual Colorado Secular Conference.

This event has exploded onto the secular scene with exponential growth since the first conference in Grand Junction in July, 2012. Over 100 freethinkers attended the first one. Last summer, the one day conference was held in Denver in July and over 250 non believers were there. This upcoming August, the 3rd Annual Conference will be grown up and already competing with the big national conventions. This 3-day event boasts speakers and presenters flying in from all over the country. Check out the incredible lineup. It will be held in Aurora, just outside of Denver and over 400 godless heathens are expected to attend.

And it doesn’t stop there. Next year, the 4th Annual Colorado Secular Conference is combining forces with the American Humanist Association, which is holding its annual national convention in Denver. Together, along with other local groups, we are going to put on the biggest secular event ever held in Colorado.

This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful Radisson Denver Southeast Hotel on August 15th, 16th and 17th. The theme for this year is “Celebrating Secular Diversity”. We are reaching out to every community, every human being, regardless of your race, gender, sexual preference or anything else, as long as you can think for yourself. It is NOT a matter of whether we are equal. It is a matter of why is there an issue about being equal in the first place?

On Friday, August 15th, the conference will kick off in the late afternoon with an amazing seminar by Fred Edwords, National Director of UnitedCoR, followed by a reception with food, beverages and diverse live music. After that, a mini-freethought filmfest will be presented until Midnight.

Saturday will be so jam packed with stuff, your head will be spinning. The day will start with a key note speech by Greta Christina, followed by speakers and presenters all day, along with an awards ceremony honoring the lifetime achievements of several Colorado secular legends.

Saturday Evening begins with a gourmet banquet dinner, complete with live music and an amazing show starring Seth Andrews and Hemant Mehta. Then, get ready to laugh so hard you’ll be turned inside-out at the Godless Heathen Comedy Extravaganza.

Sunday will go until the late afternoon, again packed with awesome speakers and presenters.

In addition to all of the speakers and presenters, there will be many exhibitor and vendor tables to browse, where you can learn about many of the local and national secular groups, and buy one-of-a-kind merchandise items from vendors such as EvolveFish. 

We are proud to be able to offer a basic full pass for only $99. This allows you to attend all of Friday’s events, all day events on Saturday, the banquet/show, and all day Sunday. The Godless Heathen Comedy Extravaganza on Saturday is an additional $20 ticket, but if you purchase a VIP pass for $175, you get everything in the basic full pass plus the comedy show, along with the Sunday VIP breakfast with the stars, a lunch buffet on Saturday and Sunday, access to the VIP lounge with free beer and wine, and an entry into the drawing for a fabulous grand prize. Also, events can be purchased separately with our a la carte menu. Seniors and active military personnel will get a big discount, and there is a very special pass at a very low rate for students.

For kids ages 6 to 14, Camp Quest Colorado is hosting a mini camp at the conference all day Saturday, during the banquet and all day Sunday, so parents can bring the kids while they attend the conference. Camp Quest will have all sorts of activities for the kids to keep them busy. There is an extra charge for the mini camp.

There will also be a supervised teenager hangout with video games, TV, music, other activities and refreshments.

The Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast is offering a special room rate of only $99 per night for conference attendees. This is a really good deal for this hotel. The rooms include free Wi-Fi. There is a link to the hotel website on this website.

Just outside the hotel is a light rail station, where you can travel all over Denver by rail, including Downtown Denver. There are many sights to see and things to do in the Denver area and the mountains. If you are traveling from out of the area, stay a few extra days and head for the hills. The mountains in August are breathtaking.

Well, there is so much more to say, but this welcome message should help to give you an idea of what is in store for you if you go to this incredible event. Check out the rest of this website to learn more. Prepare to be amazed, informed and entertained.

I can’t wait to see you at the conference in August. 

 

Tom Kellogg

CSC3 Lead Organizer

 

 

 

 

Hosted by the Colorado Coalition of Reason (COCORE)
and other local groups:

 

 
OVERVIEW

Speakers 

  • Seth Andrews, Host of "The Thinking Atheist"
  • Greta Christina, Author and Atheist Activist
  • Jamila Bey, Journalist and Radio Show Host
  • Matt Dillahunty, Host of The Atheist Experience TV program
  • Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist
  • Rebecca Hale, President of American Humanist Association
  • Fred Edwords, National Director of UnitedCoR
  • Mikey Weinstein, President of Military Religious Freedom Foundation
  • Candace Gorham, Founder and Author of the Ebony Exodus Project
  • Mandisa Thomas, President of Black Nonbelievers
  • David Tamayo, President of Hispanic American Freethinkers
  • Amanda Metskas, Executive Director of Camp Quest
  • August Brunsman, Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
  • Marvin Straus, Local Atheist Legend and a Founder of COCORE
  •  James Barron, President of the Boulder Atheists
  • Tom Kellogg, CSC3 Lead Organizer
  • Gary Betchan, Co-Founder of EvolveFish 
     

    Presenters

Andrea Steele-Meyer, Freethought Film Festival Foundation - Mini Filmfest
Raul Martinez, Comedian, “The God”
Thea Deley, Comedian, “Jesus Loves You! (but hates me)”
Steve Hill, Comedian
Church of the Nones, Comedy Troupe
Sunday Assembly Denver
The Music of Pale Blue
Also, Camp Quest Colorado, Hosting a Mini Camp for Kids

 

 

INTRODUCING COLORADO'S FIRST SUNDAY ASSEMBLY!

OVERVIEW

Sunday Assembly is a movement that started in 2013 by two British comedians who wanted to take the best bits of church, take out the religion, and add some awesome pop songs. Expectations were low but the very first Sunday Assembly was full and the next Assembly swelled to a crowd of over 300. Now it is going viral all over the world and we're so happy to be able to bring it to Denver. The Sunday Assembly is godless congregation that celebrates live. Our motto is: Live Better, Help Often, and Wonder More. Our mission: To try to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Come and celebrate the first Sunday Assembly event where we will be coming together to "live better." Help us welcome guest speaker researcher, teacher, counselor, and author of the Ebony Exodus, Candace R. M. Gorham, LPC. Sing along to the songs "Come Together" by the Beatles and "Ho Hey" by the Lumineers with the Sunday Assembly band, Pale Blue. Denver's first non religious congregation kicks off. Come have fun and learn how we can all start living better
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