BNB16 The Differences Between Cult & Religion

Believers and Nonbelievers In Discussion

BNB16: The Differences Between Cult & Religion
(Note Saturday date, avoiding Superbowl Sunday. Also please note different location.)

There has been an uneasy connection between cult and religion for millennia; one person’s cult is another’s offshoot religious sect. But when we use the word cult today we mean something different—mind control, deception, lives trapped under the strong-arm personality of a charismatic leader. The definitions may be clear but the gray area between cult and religion is wide. We will examine this zone, learning the dangers within and the ways out. We will also discuss the ways many religious groups prevent themselves from becoming cult-like.

Panel:
-Kevin Ferguson, Anti-cult activist, Packinghouse Christian Fellowship
-Luna Lindsay, Author “Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control”
-Eric Ozols, Freethinkers Around Redlands, Inland Empire Atheists & Agnostics
-4th seat tba

Audience Q&A will follow. This event is free; bring a friend! Please RSVP on MeetUp or at the Facebook Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BandNBtalk/ (click on Events). Also join the Facebook page to receive notices of these events.

Setup volunteers, please arrive promptly at 1PM.

Join us too for dinner afterward at a nearby restaurant, 5-7PM. Location announced at the event.

Upcoming topics:
The Origin of the Universe
Atheist/Theist By Age Ten
How to Talk to An Atheist or Christian
Mixed Belief Marriages

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 10:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 10:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 10:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Free Thinker’s Book Club

• What we’ll do
Come join us for a cup of coffee and a good book discussion. January’s read will be “The Lost City of the Monkey God’ by Douglas Preston.

Everyone’s Night Out

• What we’ll do
Join us for good food and a good time! Everyone’s Night Out is a low-pressure social event: no agenda, no format, just sharing a meal and hanging out.

Everyone is welcome at this event, and that includes families! If you think your kids can handle being at a restaurant for dinner, they are more than welcome to join us :) Late comers are welcome, within reason, but please RSVP as if you will be on time so I can secure a large enough table.

• What to bring

• Important to know

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA. MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

Pub Night and Pub Quiz

Pub Quiz is a quiz of (around) 20 general-knowledge questions answered in teams of up to four people. The winning team gets a pitcher of the drink or personal soda/ice tea of their choice; they can choose to get it at the next Pub Quiz too.

We’ll be getting there at 6, with the quiz starting at about 7:15.

We are asking for a $2 donation to pay for the prize and to fund future events. We hope to see you there!

If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages at this event, please be sure you have a designated driver. Don’t drink and drive!

BNB15 Trump: Recognizing Authoritarians

BNB15 – Trump; Recognizing Authoritarians

Many believe the United States has the best form of government to resist challenges from majority, minority and autocracy. But having survived the Nixon experience we find ourselves challenged by personalities willing to extend further beyond social norms than ever before.

In this atypical BNB discussion we will examine not politics but authoritarian personalities and our ability to recognize them, a topic that has been well researched since World War II.

People are the same but our knowledge within Psychology is much greater. But does knowledge alone make us less susceptible to manipulation?

Panelists
Asa “Bill” Taylor, Inland Empire Political Moderates
Phil Calderone, BelieveInReality.com
Don Fuller, Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics
More tba

Audience Q&A will follow. This event is free; bring a friend! Please RSVP either on MeetUp sites or at the Facebook Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BandNBtalk/ (click on Events). Also join the Facebook page to receive notices of these events.

Join us too for dinner afterward at a nearby restaurant, 5-7PM. Location announced at the event.

Upcoming topics:
The Differences Between Cult and Religion
The Origin of the Universe
Atheist/Theist By Age Ten
The Role of Doubt

Leadership is about power; followers are about belief.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA. MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

The Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics is a community for the non-religious. We are good without God