Our next meeting is on 23rd November 2008 at 11:00 in the Castletroy Park Hotel.
The last meeting was, I think successful. I would appreciate feedback from attendees about the format for our meetings.
The opening round where people spoke of their own experiences and what motivated them to become freethinkers was particularly interesting and I think we should retain it or some version of it. There may be time constraints but I think we should try to hear from newcomers and anyone with a particular urge/need to speak. It is a key way of offering support to each other and a very valuable outlet for people who have not have had like minded people to express themselves to before now.
Another section I think we should include is discussion of some current topic/controversy. This could be led by someone with strong views on or an interest in the topic concerned. For example we could discuss the church’s role in education. This would have the added benefit of rehearsing our arguments so that if asked to explain our position in the media we would be able to do so with the fluency that practice brings.
The format for our meetings might be:
- Opening Round
- Speaker or Presentation + Discussion
- Current Topic/Controversy
- Open Forum (AKA Any Other Business)
I look forward to your comments.