Events Archive 2019

Living within a “Chosen” Sect

Thursday 31 January 2019, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Photo of Peter VeitchFor this third and more casual get-together of the new Ex-Religious Support Network (ESN), members will meet in a friendly pub for a scrumptious meal and plenty of discussion and networking. Les Allan (ESN Convener) will lead a discussion with Peter Veitch on his experiences living within and later leaving a religious community that demanded obedience. Peter was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since childhood and left some 10 years ago. The meeting will explore issues around exclusion of outsiders, church authority and questioning of faith.

ESN is a private Meetup group. Membership of the group is required to see the event details. Read Event Details …

Losing Your Religion: Ex-Muslims Speak Out

Saturday 9 February 2019, 1:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Losing Your Religion: Ex-Muslims Speak Out 2019Bayview on the Park, 52 Queens Road, Melbourne
This conference aims to highlight the plight of ex-Muslims, challenge the punitive attitudes that plague them and take a stand for reason, secularism and human rights. Losing your religion can be hard, but for some, it can be fatal. For a Muslim, punishments for abandoning the faith range from ostracism and rejection by the family, to fines, imprisonment, flogging, and in 13 countries, death. Even in Australia, renouncing Islam can plunge the individual into a limbo of fear, rejection and harassment and can lead to repercussions for family members in home countries. Read Event Details …

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