The Connecticut Assembly for Reason and Ethics (CARE) 2016 was held at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

We hope you joined us for an exciting lineup of speakers and an opportunity to further engage and strengthen the secular community in your local area and around the state through the sharing of ideas and networking. 

The Connecticut Coalition of Reason is proud to have organized its second conference for atheists, freethinkers, humanists, agnostics, and anyone else interested in non-religious communities.  We changed the format to include workshops in the afternoon after a morning of presentations by nationally known and inspiring speakers.

  • Hemant Mehta, a.k.a. the Friendly Atheist, is an author, blogger, and atheist activist. Hemant was our keynote speaker and the title of this talk was, "What Atheists Can Learn from Churches... Seriously."
  • Amanda Knief is the Legal and Public Policy Director at American Atheists and our Political Action speaker. The title of her talk was, "Election 2016: When Atheist Voters and Religious Exemptions Collide."
  • Jason Heap is the Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason and our Community Building speaker. The title of his talk was "Breaking Silos."
  • Wendy Thomas Russell is a journalist, author, editor and our Interfaith Relations speaker. The title of her talk was, "Atheism & Interfaith: Building Bridges with Honesty, Integrigy and Compassion."
  • The afternoon workshops were continuations of the discussion on the topics of Political Action, Community Building and Interfaith Relations.

Admission to the conference was $35 and covered all the day's speakers, sessions, and lunch (including vegan options).

You could also follow the conference on social media at and

Online registration ended at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 30, but a limited number of walk-in registrations at the conference were available. These did not include lunch as the final order to the caterer was placed on the Friday before the conference.