Pittsburgh Freethought Community
Promoting Science, Reason and Humanist Values
in the greater Pittsburgh area.

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    • Sunday, September 08, 2019
    • Sunday, June 14, 2020
    • 10 sessions


    • Monday, September 09, 2019
    • Monday, December 28, 2020
    • 69 sessions
    • Social, Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
    Register

    PFC fields a "Bar trivia" team!  Do you want to test your knowledge of useless or unimportant facts and figures? Come on out and help Team Third Place as they compete for bragging rights and gift certificates from Social, the venue. Or bring some friends and form your own team and give Team Third Place (and everybody else) some friendly competition. But however you decide to participate, come and commune with like-minded people - it's sure to be a good time.

    Register here - give us a head's up so we know how many will be there!!

    This trivia is run by Last Call USA - check their website for updates and the weekly hints! https://www.lastcalltrivia.com/blog/

    You can check out what Social has to eat https://bakerysocial.com/

    As a reminder, parking in the Bakery Square garage is free for up to 3 hours.

    • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    • Sunday, December 15, 2019
    • Collection at Festivus



    Help families around the Pittsburgh area this winter by donating to the first annual PFC food drive in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank! Donate quickly online through a link at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/freethought-food-drive or in person by bringing non-perishable food item to our Festivus on Decemeber 15th!


    • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    Register


    • Thursday, November 21, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church 1240 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Pa
    Register

    Discussion Group 2 - South Hills

    Libertarianism, Objectivism, Anarcho-capitalism, Paleolibertarianism: desirability and practicability.

    What are the theories of these movements? Are they desirable? Are they practicable? Among other things, we will focus on their respective approaches to religion-government issues. Libertarianism and Objectivism support strict separation of religion and government. Objectivism (the philosophy of Ayn Rand) is explicitly based on atheism, though it would not use government to enforce atheism. Anarcho-capitalism and paleolibertarianism often combine extreme anti-government views with advocacy of theocracy (a contradiction?).

    Some references (not required reading/viewing):

    “What It Means to Be a Libertarian” (video): https://theihs.org/who-we-are/what-is-libertarian/

    Libertarian Party Platform: https://www.lp.org/platform/

    Objectivism (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asery3UeBj4

    Anarcho-capitalism/Paleolibertarianism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolibertarianism and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_North_%28economist%29.

    Mainstream libertarian critique of paleolibertarian theocracy: https://reason.com/1998/11/01/invitation-to-a-stoning/


    • Sunday, November 24, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • City Cafe, 106 E. Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh
    Register

    Started in 2011, the Science and Skeptics Book Club meets at the City Cafe on Swissvale Avenue to discuss the latest book that has been selected. The selections are always non-fiction, are thought provoking, and feature subject matter of interest to freethinkers.

    For a list of previously discussed books, see www.pghfreethought.org/book-club-list

    • Tuesday, November 26, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • CMU, University Center
    Register

    All are welcome to attend. 

    Come help out our Activism Committee in doing great things in the Pittsburgh area!

    • Thursday, November 28, 2019


    • Sunday, December 01, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Porch, 221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
    Register


    Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time.

    There is no set topic or fix agenda, but rather the opportunity to engage in a free-flowing discussion on issues of the day, events in the world, books you have read and camaraderie among fellow atheist, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers.

    Freethought Brunch at the Porch is brought to you the 1st Sunday of most months by the Pittsburgh Freethought Community - Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    http://www.dineattheporch.com/schenley


    • Tuesday, December 03, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sharp Edge Bistro, 922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa
    Register



    Welcome to the Pittsburgh Freethought Community's monthly social night, held every first Tuesday of the month at the Sharp Edge Bistro in the Cultural District downtown. Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

    See you there!

    • Thursday, December 12, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tan Lac Vien Vietnamese Bistro 2114 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Register



    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, and you wish to engage in rational and/or evidence-based dialogue, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish.

    Discussion topics are announced in advance of the event and are chosen for their controversy or differences of opinion around the subject.

    • Sunday, December 15, 2019


    • Sunday, December 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Community Forge, 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15221
    Register

    We're a secular community that celebrates life! Celebrate with us at our exciting new venue - Community Forge!

    What happens at an Assembly? Every third Sunday, we sing and dance. We also have a mind-stimulating lecture ranging from a number of topics from science to art to philosophy. After, we connect with our community over coffee and pastries.

    Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Our vision: a secular congregation in every town, city, and village that wants one.

    • Thursday, December 19, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church 1240 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Pa
    Register

    This is our 2nd monthly discussion group, the original in Squirrel Hill
    having outgrown the meeting space! As usual, we will post the
    discussion topics in advance. Please feel free to submit discussion
    topics to: info@pghfreethought.org
    ************************************

    General discussion group info:

    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish. Discussion Group 2 - Mt. Lebanon meets in a conference room at the Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church. Please use the side door entrance on the right side of the building, NOT the main entrance. See you there!

    • Friday, December 20, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Double Wide Grill, 2339 E Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    Register

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So come on out for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.

    • Saturday, December 21, 2019


    • Sunday, December 22, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • City Cafe, 106 E. Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh
    Register

    Started in 2011, the Science and Skeptics Book Club meets at the City Cafe on Swissvale Avenue to discuss the latest book that has been selected. The selections are always non-fiction, are thought provoking, and feature subject matter of interest to freethinkers.

    For a list of previously discussed books, see www.pghfreethought.org/book-club-list

    • Wednesday, January 01, 2020


    • Wednesday, January 01, 2020
    • Sunday, January 01, 2023
    • 4 sessions


    • Sunday, January 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Porch, 221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
    Register


    Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time.

    There is no set topic or fix agenda, but rather the opportunity to engage in a free-flowing discussion on issues of the day, events in the world, books you have read and camaraderie among fellow atheist, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers.

    Freethought Brunch at the Porch is brought to you the 1st Sunday of most months by the Pittsburgh Freethought Community - Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    http://www.dineattheporch.com/schenley


    • Tuesday, January 07, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sharp Edge Bistro, 922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa
    Register



    Welcome to the Pittsburgh Freethought Community's monthly social night, held every first Tuesday of the month at the Sharp Edge Bistro in the Cultural District downtown. Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

    See you there!

    • Thursday, January 09, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tan Lac Vien Vietnamese Bistro 2114 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Register



    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, and you wish to engage in rational and/or evidence-based dialogue, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish.

    Discussion topics are announced in advance of the event and are chosen for their controversy or differences of opinion around the subject.

    • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • First Unitarian Church, Ellsworth and Morewood Streets, Pittsburgh, PA

    Many white people have a desire to eliminate racism but are frustrated by their apparent inability to do anything to reduce the corrosive effect of racism in our society.  We are horrified by a criminal justice system that severely punishes black people. We despair over an educational system that consigns black children to inadequate schools. We say we'd prefer to live in diverse neighborhoods, work in diverse settings, yet we perpetuate segregation in all aspects of our lives. Moreover, we are uncomfortable even discussing racism, afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing, or offending or being accused of being racist.

    We can choose a different path. Join with other anti-racist people to recognize white privilege, oppose racist policies, and create a better society, not just for the sake of fairness, but for our own survival.

    Individual Session syllabus to follow.

    • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    • Sunday, January 15, 2023
    • 4 sessions


    • Thursday, January 16, 2020


    • Thursday, January 16, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church 1240 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Pa
    Register

    This is our 2nd monthly discussion group, the original in Squirrel Hill
    having outgrown the meeting space! As usual, we will post the
    discussion topics in advance. Please feel free to submit discussion
    topics to: info@pghfreethought.org
    ************************************

    General discussion group info:

    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish. Discussion Group 2 - Mt. Lebanon meets in a conference room at the Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church. Please use the side door entrance on the right side of the building, NOT the main entrance. See you there!

    • Friday, January 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Double Wide Grill, 2339 E Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    Register

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So come on out for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.

    • Sunday, January 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Community Forge, 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15221
    Register

    We're a secular community that celebrates life! Celebrate with us at our exciting new venue - Community Forge!

    What happens at an Assembly? Every third Sunday, we sing and dance. We also have a mind-stimulating lecture ranging from a number of topics from science to art to philosophy. After, we connect with our community over coffee and pastries.

    Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Our vision: a secular congregation in every town, city, and village that wants one.

    • Monday, January 20, 2020


    • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • First Unitarian, 605 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Register

    Welcome to PFC's monthly lecture night series!

    Each month (with the exception of August and December) we feature a presentation/lecture on a variety of topics. Our primary focus is on science, but we also have talks on skepticism and humanism and beyond. We try to structure the meetings to begin with a presentation that leaves time for great discussions and Q&A sessions afterward. We try to post the topic and speaker bio as soon as that information is known -- please check back soon. If you have speaker suggestions and/or ideas that are in keeping with our mission, please feel free to email your suggestions to info@pghfreethought.org.

    See you there!

    P.S. We usually head to Ali Baba's on nearby Craig Street at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-lecture or pre-movie dinner. Please leave a comment below if you are coming to dinner so we can include you in the reservation. Thanks!
    • Sunday, January 26, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • First Unitarian Church, Ellsworth and Morewood Streets, Pittsburgh, PA

    Many white people have a desire to eliminate racism but are frustrated by their apparent inability to do anything to reduce the corrosive effect of racism in our society.  We are horrified by a criminal justice system that severely punishes black people. We despair over an educational system that consigns black children to inadequate schools. We say we'd prefer to live in diverse neighborhoods, work in diverse settings, yet we perpetuate segregation in all aspects of our lives. Moreover, we are uncomfortable even discussing racism, afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing, or offending or being accused of being racist.

    We can choose a different path. Join with other anti-racist people to recognize white privilege, oppose racist policies, and create a better society, not just for the sake of fairness, but for our own survival.

    Individual Session syllabus to follow.

    • Sunday, January 26, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • City Cafe, 106 E. Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh
    Register

    Started in 2011, the Science and Skeptics Book Club meets at the City Cafe on Swissvale Avenue to discuss the latest book that has been selected. The selections are always non-fiction, are thought provoking, and feature subject matter of interest to freethinkers.

    For a list of previously discussed books, see www.pghfreethought.org/book-club-list

    • Sunday, February 02, 2020


    • Sunday, February 02, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Porch, 221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
    Register


    Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time.

    There is no set topic or fix agenda, but rather the opportunity to engage in a free-flowing discussion on issues of the day, events in the world, books you have read and camaraderie among fellow atheist, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers.

    Freethought Brunch at the Porch is brought to you the 1st Sunday of most months by the Pittsburgh Freethought Community - Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    http://www.dineattheporch.com/schenley


    • Tuesday, February 04, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sharp Edge Bistro, 922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa
    Register



    Welcome to the Pittsburgh Freethought Community's monthly social night, held every first Tuesday of the month at the Sharp Edge Bistro in the Cultural District downtown. Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

    See you there!

    • Sunday, February 09, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • First Unitarian Church, Ellsworth and Morewood Streets, Pittsburgh, PA

    Many white people have a desire to eliminate racism but are frustrated by their apparent inability to do anything to reduce the corrosive effect of racism in our society.  We are horrified by a criminal justice system that severely punishes black people. We despair over an educational system that consigns black children to inadequate schools. We say we'd prefer to live in diverse neighborhoods, work in diverse settings, yet we perpetuate segregation in all aspects of our lives. Moreover, we are uncomfortable even discussing racism, afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing, or offending or being accused of being racist.

    We can choose a different path. Join with other anti-racist people to recognize white privilege, oppose racist policies, and create a better society, not just for the sake of fairness, but for our own survival.

    Individual Session syllabus to follow.

    • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    • Sunday, February 12, 2023
    • 4 sessions


    • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tan Lac Vien Vietnamese Bistro 2114 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Register



    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, and you wish to engage in rational and/or evidence-based dialogue, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish.

    Discussion topics are announced in advance of the event and are chosen for their controversy or differences of opinion around the subject.

    • Sunday, February 16, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Community Forge, 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15221
    Register

    We're a secular community that celebrates life! Celebrate with us at our exciting new venue - Community Forge!

    What happens at an Assembly? Every third Sunday, we sing and dance. We also have a mind-stimulating lecture ranging from a number of topics from science to art to philosophy. After, we connect with our community over coffee and pastries.

    Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Our vision: a secular congregation in every town, city, and village that wants one.

    • Monday, February 17, 2020


    • Thursday, February 20, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church 1240 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Pa
    Register

    This is our 2nd monthly discussion group, the original in Squirrel Hill
    having outgrown the meeting space! As usual, we will post the
    discussion topics in advance. Please feel free to submit discussion
    topics to: info@pghfreethought.org
    ************************************

    General discussion group info:

    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish. Discussion Group 2 - Mt. Lebanon meets in a conference room at the Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church. Please use the side door entrance on the right side of the building, NOT the main entrance. See you there!

    • Friday, February 21, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Double Wide Grill, 2339 E Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    Register

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So come on out for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.

    • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • First Unitarian Church, Ellsworth and Morewood Streets, Pittsburgh, PA

    Many white people have a desire to eliminate racism but are frustrated by their apparent inability to do anything to reduce the corrosive effect of racism in our society.  We are horrified by a criminal justice system that severely punishes black people. We despair over an educational system that consigns black children to inadequate schools. We say we'd prefer to live in diverse neighborhoods, work in diverse settings, yet we perpetuate segregation in all aspects of our lives. Moreover, we are uncomfortable even discussing racism, afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing, or offending or being accused of being racist.

    We can choose a different path. Join with other anti-racist people to recognize white privilege, oppose racist policies, and create a better society, not just for the sake of fairness, but for our own survival.

    Individual Session syllabus to follow.

    • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • City Cafe, 106 E. Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh
    Register

    Started in 2011, the Science and Skeptics Book Club meets at the City Cafe on Swissvale Avenue to discuss the latest book that has been selected. The selections are always non-fiction, are thought provoking, and feature subject matter of interest to freethinkers.

    For a list of previously discussed books, see www.pghfreethought.org/book-club-list

    • Wednesday, February 26, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • First Unitarian, 605 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Register

    Welcome to PFC's monthly lecture night series!

    Each month (with the exception of August and December) we feature a presentation/lecture on a variety of topics. Our primary focus is on science, but we also have talks on skepticism and humanism and beyond. We try to structure the meetings to begin with a presentation that leaves time for great discussions and Q&A sessions afterward. We try to post the topic and speaker bio as soon as that information is known -- please check back soon. If you have speaker suggestions and/or ideas that are in keeping with our mission, please feel free to email your suggestions to info@pghfreethought.org.

    See you there!

    P.S. We usually head to Ali Baba's on nearby Craig Street at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-lecture or pre-movie dinner. Please leave a comment below if you are coming to dinner so we can include you in the reservation. Thanks!