The Frisco Atheists will be sharing their meeting with a local pastor.
This post is actually for Frisco Atheists but I thought that other groups might enjoy trying the same thing.

A local pastor has tentatively agreed to meet with us on Thursday, April 16, 2009. All of the Frisco Atheists are urged to come out and:
1) have fun
2) be seen
3) do something constructive for atheists everywhere.
This is a great opportunity for us to influence the way that atheists are perceived in Frisco.

This will not be a debate. We are not going to try to embarass or intimidate our guest. This is simply a chance to meet on neutral ground as equals. We're all neighbors and we all need to participate in Frisco civic life. Atheists need to be part of the game.

I have worked up a lot of good questions to keep our guest busy, so don't feel like you will forced to carry the show. But if you do have some questions or comments that you'd like to sqeeze in, I'll definitely make room. Most of the questions that I have for our guest are about atheist/Christian relations but we can feel free to ask anything as long as it is not meant to be confrontational.

We will hopefully have an even mix of atheists and believers. We and our guest will be the center of attention but everyone who shows up be able to participate if they like.

If you're a Frisco Atheist, please join us. An RSVP is not required but it would certainly help me to know how many Christians I should try to attract. In other words, please let me know as soon as you know if you will be coming, but definitely feel free to come if you didn't RSVP.

Also, if you want to come to meet the pastor but don't feel comfortable with a lot of random believers, let me know. I don't want any atheists to miss this important meeting.

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Comment by Mark Johnston on April 17, 2009 at 9:35pm
Five of the Frisco Atheists took advantage of the opportunity to "Meet the Pastor". Everyone who came was really glad that they did. Pastor Chuck brought his 15 year old son Walker, an immensely personable beekeeping entrepreneur; my wife was the third believer present. No one was antagonistic; no one lost their temper; no one stole anything on purpose. (My wife accidentally stole Walker's 7-Up but she got him another one.) As usual, we overshot our allotted time. There was too much to talk about and we were all very reluctant to leave. One of the most interesting parts of the evening was when all of us gave our "personal testimony" of how we became atheists. We really should have covered this before but our meetings are generally too busy and fun to take care of all of that important business. Some topics, like the basis of morality, had to be squelched because we knew we didn't have enough time to scratch the surface. But, in general, we covered a lot of important ground. Most importantly, we made contact - human to human, neighbor to neighbor. We've got to do this again!
Comment by River Otter on April 7, 2009 at 1:02pm
Good luckk with this. Let us know how it went.
Comment by Don DeNatale on April 7, 2009 at 6:06am
Thanks for organizing this, Mark. I should be able to make it, but will let you know if I can't. If the last meetup is any indicator, we should have a good turnout.
Comment by Mark Johnston on April 6, 2009 at 7:51pm
I just got off the phone with Pastor Chuck of First Baptist-Frisco. He confirmed that he'll be able to come to 2Brothers at 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 16. I'll forward all of our plans to him so he'll know what to expect. I had the pleasure of meeting Pastor Chuck during a decidedly unpleasant time when my wife was in the hospital. He made a great first impression and I'm certain that everyone will enjoy talking to him.



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