2019 Workshops

Each workshop will be presented at 2:00 PM and again at 3:00 PM, and will run 50 minutes. In other words, each workshop will be offered TWICE (back to back), to give you the chance to pick your TOP TWO selections to participate in!

Check out the schedule for the list of workshop locations.


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Bob Faw

Discover Your Life Values

This workshop is intended to help attendees explore secular values, and consider how those values can impact their lives.


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Dr Kalai Mugilan

Humans and Emotions

We are emotional beings. We will explore the seven emotions that are necessary to feel human, and discuss how to express them in a healthy way. Participants will learn active power listening tools they can take with them to practice on themselves and with others.


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Sarah Levin


Secular Values Voters: The Power of a Unified Voice

Sarah will present the Secular Values Voter campaign, a long-term vision to build and mobilize an strong secular voting bloc united by shared secular values. This action-oriented presentation is geared toward individuals and community organizers looking for ways to get more involved in political advocacy. She will also give updates on the Secular Coalition for America's lobbying efforts in Congress.


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Bart Campolo


Got tribe? How to find (or build) yours

Feel like you need a group of people who love and support you? This workshop will tell you how to find an existing group, or give you some tips on what you need to do to establish your own!


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Daniel Lev Shkolnik


Spirituality for the Non-believer

This workshop will examine spirituality separate from religious and supernatural beliefs, and examine if spirituality is worth incorporating into the life of a non-believer.


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Pedro R. Garcia


Believers and non-believers: Can we talk?

This workshop is for those who want to find ways to build bridges between the secular and Christian communities. Yes, it is possible!  Together, we have the potential to build a society where tribalism of ideas gives way to a more loving, empathetic, and challenging dialogue -- one in which growth can take place among people of all perspectives.


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Bryan Gitschlag


Drugs or religion: Which came first?

Ever wonder how humans decided there was a supernatural world in the first place? Well, drugs and other mind-altering experiences probably aided in the exploration. Come find out more about how skepticism and science view religious experiences.


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Drew Chambers


Humanism 101

We all believe in something- why not in ourselves and each other? Come learn all about the ethics and foundation of Humanism. 


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Jen Scott


Establishing a Non-Profit in the Secular Community

If you or your group are interested in creating a non-profit, this is the best workshop for you to attend. We will discuss the details, the advantages and disadvantages and all the moving parts you need to consider before taking the next step.


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Nick Fish, president
of American Atheists


Act Locally: The Future of Atheist Activism

With our federal courts packed with judges like Brett Kavanaugh and Congress paralyzed, state and local activism are the only way for us to effectively move the needle toward equality nationwide. They key is building effective coalitions around shared issues and sustaining vibrant local community groups. We will share ideas on how your group can engage all four elements of the ACES toolkit:  Activism, Community service, Education, and fun Social events. 


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Clayton Davis

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Cliff Fiedler

Building our kind of Wall: Separating Church and State in Tennessee

We need to seriously question some of the laws and concepts which are being proposed in Tennessee to encourage a particular worldview. If these ideas make you uncomfortable, come find out how to make your voice heard among lawmakers.


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Jen Aldrich     Zach Law

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Marissa McCool  Don Queen

Podcaster Panel

Four fantastic podcasters eager to share their advice and expertise to help you learn all about podcasting, a great way to share your story. Come with questions!


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