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St. Louis Ethical Society Sunday: Raising Freethinkers

02 Oct 2009

On the off-chance that some of you out there are parents that would be interested in this, the St. Louis Ethical Society is hosting a talk this Sunday at 11 am by Dale McGowan. He’s a good speaker and has a lot of excellent advice, especially if you are raising children and aren’t involved in a religious tradition yourself.

DALE MCGOWAN left a 15-year career as a college professor in 2006 to pursue writing full-time. He edited and co-authored Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers, the first comprehensive resources for nonreligious parents. He writes the secular parenting blog The Meming of Life, teaches nonreligious parenting seminars across the United States, and serves as executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a 501(c)(3) humanist charitable and educational foundation based in Atlanta. In September 2008 he was named Harvard Humanist of the Year by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.

Dale also serves as U.S. Communications Coordinator for Nonviolent Peaceforce, a global civilian peacekeeping organization based in Brussels. While living in Minneapolis, he served as a charter member of the Critical Thinking Club, Inc. and has taught critical thinking skills in the college classroom, the corporate boardroom, and public venues.

Dale holds degrees in physical anthropology and music theory from UC Berkeley as well as a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Becca, a first grade teacher, live near Atlanta with their three kids — Delaney (7), Connor (14), and Erin (11).