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Monday, March 23, 2009

Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

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Parenting Beyond Belief
is a book for loving and thoughtful parents who wish to raise their children without religion. There are scores of books available for religious parents. Now there's one for the rest. Institute for Humanist Studies teaches nonreligious parenting seminars, based on this relevant book, across the United States. Click here to find out if the seminar tour is coming to your state (or add you state to the tour)!

Join the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in Park Slope, Brooklyn March 28, 2009, 1:00pm-4:30pm as they host DALE MCGOWAN for a thought provoking workshop and discussion.

Free childcare offered during seminar!
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn NY 11215
Register for the seminar

Over nine million parents in the U.S. are raising children without theistic religion. The PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF SEMINAR, a unique half-day workshop with author and educator Dale McGowan, offers encouragement and practical solutions for secular parenting in a religious world.

Based on the freethinking philosophy of the book Newsweek called "a compelling read," the PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF SEMINAR is empowering secular parents across the country to raise ethical, caring, confident kids without religion.

Participants will learn effective ways to:
  • Encourage religious literacy without indoctrination;
  • Help kids interact productively with a religious world;
  • Help kids develop active moral reasoning;
  • Weigh church-state issues in the public sphere;
  • Address sensitive issues with religious relatives using the principles of nonviolent communication;
  • Help children develop a healthy understanding of death and a joyful love of life;
  • Build a family atmosphere of fearless questioning and boundless wonder;
  • ...and much more.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about Parenting Beyond Belief here.

Video Interview with Dale McGowan
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DALE MCGOWAN - In addition to editing and co-authoring Parenting Beyond Belief, Dale co-authored Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief. He writes the secular parenting blog The Meming of Life as well as parenting columns for Humanist Network News, edits the Humanist Parenting website for the Institute for Humanist Studies in Albany, New York, and teaches nonreligious parenting seminars across the United States.

In addition to his parenting work, Dale is U.S. Communications Coordinator for Nonviolent Peaceforce, an organization that trains unarmed civilian peacekeepers for deployment to conflict zones around the world. 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. He holds degrees in physical anthropology and music theory from UC Berkeley as well as a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Minnesota.

In September 2008, Dale was named Harvard Humanist of the Year by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.