Upcoming Events and Appearances

    June 24-25, 2024 – Godless Gospel to perform off-Broadway in NYC – You’re Invited! (New York, NY)

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    The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that its myth-dispelling ensemble, “Godless Gospel,” will perform in New York City on Monday, June 24, and Tuesday, June 25, at Theatre 555, 555 W. 42nd St. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. both nights for the provocative show produced by FFRF Co-President Dan Barker and directed by former gospel artist Andre Forbes. Other performers include: Tahira Clayton, Candace Gorham, Heather Kinley, Cynthia McDonald, DeAngela Morant, Steven Phelps, and Mandisa Thomas. The opening act will be the "Very Funny Lady" Leighann Lord, a well-known standup comedian, author, and New York freethinker. Leighann was the New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and it’s Millions Living Happily Without Religion campaign. Author Chris Johnson featured her in The Atheist Book: A Better Life. Leighann is a former co-host of the Emmy-nominated StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson. She has shared her comedic and hosting talents at many secular conferences including American Atheists, American Humanists, Center for Inquiry, CSICon, DragonCon’s Science and Skeptical Tracks, The PA Freethought Society, NECSS: The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism, PASHTACon, The Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Skepticon. Leighann was honored with the 2019 Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association and most recently, the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. As a veteran standup comedian, Leighann has been seen on: Lifetime, VH-1, Comedy Central, Netflix, DryBar Comedy, HBO, and Showtime. She is the author of Leighann Lord’s Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget (Volumes 1 and 2) and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories From the Career of a Very Funny Lady. Leighann is the creator of the People with Parents Podcast where she shares stories about the role reversal between her and her aging parents. The Wall Street Journal called it one of the “10 Podcasts for Older Adults That Promise to Entertain—and Enlighten.” She has recently published, People with Parents: The Podcast Transcripts, and currently co-hosts the Center for Inquiry’s online show, Skeptical Inquirer Presents. Because the theater only seats 160, please register for Monday's performance here, or Tuesday's performance here. The cover charge is a suggested donation of $20. Register today -- and please tell your friends and family. Read the full Press Release here.

    Jul 26, 2024 – FFRF Legal Fellow Sammi Lawrence to speak on Common Wealth Development Panel (Madison, WI)

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    Anne Nicol Gaylor Legal Fellow Sammi Lawrence will be speaking on a panel for Common Wealth Development’s employment and mentorship program at the Madison Central Library on July 26, 2024 in Madison, WI. The career panel seeks to introduce teenagers from less privileged backgrounds to a variety of careers. This event is by invitation only; the participating students won a spot in the program after competing in a rigorous application process. Common Wealth Development is a non-profit community development organization whose mission is to support and preserve the vitality of neighborhoods in the Madison Metropolitan area. Their work serves as the foundational bedrock of healthy community and economic development, with projects aimed at improving the housing and business climate of our neighborhoods through a people-first approach centered on racial justice and community level health improvement. To learn more about Common Wealth Development, visit their website

    August 31-September 1, 2024 – FFRF Co-Sponsoring Celebrating Dissent Oslo (Oslo, Norway)

    banner for Celebrating Dissent, an event in Oslo, Norway on August 31 to September 1, 2024
    FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laure Gaylor and Dan Barker will be attending Celebrating Dissent Oslo, on August 31st through September 1st, 2024 in the capital city of Norway, Oslo. FFRF will be one of many co-sponsers of the event, and Barker and Gaylor will be joined with more than 50 other freethinking groups from over 30 different countries. The two-day conference is a continuation of the widely successful Celebrating Dissent conferences held in London, Amsterdam, Cologne, and Paris, in what has become the largest gathering of ex-Muslims in the world. Organized by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Dømmekraft, the event will pay tribute to taboo-breaking ex-Muslim comedian Shabana Rehman and celebrate blasphemy, apostasy and freedom of expression through discussions, poetry, film, protest art, and music. The event is open to the public, and tickets and registration can be found by clicking here.

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