Forging Our Future Friendship Campaign
Centre for Inquiry Canada presents the national
FORGING OUR FUTURE FRIENDSHIP CAMPAIGN
Encourage your colleagues and friends to join and gain special benefits.
3 new members you bring in will garner you 1 year free membership renewal
Please Note: If you refer a CFI Friend of the Centre, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know
A very special guest speaker will present at a cross-Canada broadcast event if we can reach our 1000 Friends goal by Jan 1, 2010 .
Why Should You Join CFI’s Friend of the Centre Program?
CFI is the leading organization supporting your Values and defending your Causes
The Centre for Inquiry is the only authoritative and credible voice defending the scientific and naturalistic outlook in all areas of human endeavour, examining religion and secularism, human values and ethics, medicine and health, pseudoscience and the borderlands of science.
The Centre for Inquiry is the only organization involved at every level of society, employing community-based educational events, courses and social and community services, campus outreach, academic research, an allied publishing house, regional and national political advocacy and international observer status at the United Nations
If the naturalistic outlook is to supplant the ancient mythological narratives of the past, it needs a new institution devoted to its articulation and dramatization to the public. The Center for Inquiry is that institution and it seeks to present affirmative alternatives and in developing communities where like-minded individuals can meet and share experiences. We need the support of each of you to make this a reality.
Achievements Speak for Themselves;
CFI is the most Influential Political & Social Force for Secularism in Canada
√ Established the first physical home for humanists, skeptics and freethinkers in Canada
√ Built a coalition that stopped public funding to private faith schools in Ontario
√ Received a rare invitation to speak on behalf of secularists to the Legislative Committee reviewing the Lord's Prayer in Ontario, resulting in inclusion of the secular and non-theist community in the new solution
√ Represents your values in National TV, radio and newspaper coverage monthly
√ Established the first regular secularist contributor to the Globe and Mail’s Faith & Ethics panel
√ Established the first regular non-theist on the most watched show on Canada’s leading religious TV station CTS
√ Hosted PZ Myers, the worlds leading science and atheist blogging with a combined attendance of 400 people in Toronto and Guelph
√ Established over 30 campus groups and 3 Communities for Inquiry across Canada
√ Built the first series of alliances between humanist and leading pro-secular faith groups, resulting in regular event co-hosting as well as a monthly secular muslim meetup
√ Worked to established the first humanist councilor among campus chaplaincies
In response to campus groups being banned, Human Rights Commissions hearing censorship cases, and the UN agreeing to monitor religiously offensive speech, CFI took action:
√ CFI’s United Nations representation led an international coalition of groups in opposition
√ CFI Canada launched the Campaign for Free Expression, with a dozen events across Canada in Lethbridge, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Guelph. Recently, the Moon Review recommended that the Canadian Human Rights Act no longer consider offensive speech a human rights violation.
hosts events, services and special activities across Canada
As a Friend of the Centre, you will be admitted to every regular event at CFI and all other Centers for Inquiry across North America for free, and receive a 15% discount on special events such as national conferences sponsored by CFI affiliates – the Council for Secular Humanism, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Commission on Scientific Medicine and Mental Health.
FREE FOR FRIENDS ($5-$10
CFI hosts biweekly presentations with leading humanists and freethinkers around the world. Past speakers have included blogger PZ Myers, physicists Victor Stenger and Amanda Peet, rapper Greydon Square, biochemist Stuart Kauffman, education expert Brian Alters, former Muslim Canada Congress spokesperson Tarek Fatah, CFI Founder Paul Kurtz, Free Inquiry Editor Tom Flynn, US constitutional lawyer Edward Tabash and science journalist Dan Falk.
Visit our calendar for upcoming events!
Conferences: DRAMATIC DISCOUNTS FOR FRIENDS OF THE CENTRE
Past international conferences, to which similar conferences are to be held in Toronto in the future, include the World Congress for CFI Transnational, the Future of Naturalism and the Skeptic’s Toolbox.
Special Events : FREE FOR FRIENDS! ($4-$7 general)
Alternating biweekly CFI hosts a film screening and a book club, focused on current affairs, science, politics, religion and the paranormal. In addition, we host a variety of panel discussions, debates and symposia, and our thematic “Science and Skepticism Saturdays” and “Humanism Sundays” programs.
Members Only Events
Throughout the year CFI Canada will host special dinners, conferences, entertainment events (such as comedy nights and magic and mentalism for skeptics), celebrations and parties, and other activities that will be exclusively for Friends of the Centre. ALL FRIENDS OF THE CENTRE ARE INVITED TO BIMONTHLY SPECIAL CATERED RECEPTIONS AND PARTIES
CFI invites you to increase your knowledge through discounted publications
By becoming a Friend of the Centre, you may purchase at a discounted cost a wide selection of popular Prometheus books , including such titles as:
the Failed Hypothesis, by Victor Stenger
Reason Driven Life, by Robert Price
Why I’m Not a Muslim, by Ibn Warraq
The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief, edited by Tom Flynn
Friends of the Centre are also able to subscribe to CFI’s two flagship magazines - Free Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer – at the reduced combination rate of $39.94 US.
CFI is the leading humanist organization providing community and social support
host the most comprehensive series of alternative humanistic social
and community services at 7 cities across Canada, featuring Secular
Sobriety groups, Coping without Religion support groups, secular
English as a Second Language services, and secular parenting.
CFI is Committed to the Future of Science and Reason through Robust Campus Outreach
CFI Canada supports thriving campus outreach operations to advance freedom of inquiry, science and reason at over 30 universities and colleges in Canada, from Victoria to Fredericton. We have co-hosted over 50 campus events at nearly each of these schools since our establishment in early 2007. We also support local campus political advocacy, supply educational and promotional resources, and coordinate major regional campaigns.