Q: What is CARE?
The Connecticut Assembly for Reason and Ethics is a one-day conference held in Hartford, Connecticut. It provides the region's secular community the chance to discuss important topics and collaborate with secular leaders so as to supply the secular community the ability to reinforce our large and increasing presence in our society.
Q: When is the conference?
Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9 am to 5 pm. Registration/check-in will begin at 8:30 am.
Q: Where will the conference be held?
At the historic Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut. Set your GPS for 385 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut - this will put you right at the driveway entrance to their main parking lot.
Q: Who is this conference for?
The conference is for atheists, freethinkers, humanists, agnostics, and anyone else interested in non-religious communities.
Q: What is the conference format?
Four exciting speakers will talk in the morning: Amanda Knief will speak on political action, Wendy Thomas Russell will speak on interfaith issues, Jason Heap will speak about community, and Hemant Mehta will be the keynote speaker. We will have lunch after the speakers, and then there will be several breakout sessions on the morning's topics in the afternoon. The breakout sessions will give attendees an opportunity to discuss the material presented in the morning and how it is relevant in our local areas. It will also provide a chance to network with other participants from across the state.
Q: Who is hosting/organizing the conference?
The Connecticut Coalition of Reason which is comprised of atheist, freethought, and humanist groups working together in Connecticut. Our twin goals are to foster a sense of community among the like-minded and raise public awareness that people who don’t believe in a god or gods can be decent citizens who contribute to the larger society. Our member organizations provide safe and welcoming places for people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to explore secularism in its many forms. Our activities are as varied as our members: social gatherings; lectures on history, arts, economics, and human rights; participation in charitable events; book discussions; game nights; and more.
Q: What lunch options are available?
We are still working out the details, but vegan options will be included. Please let us know on your registration form if you have food allergies or other dietary needs.
Q: Can I buy a ticket and donate it so someone who can't afford a ticket can attend?
Absolutely! Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please email us using the contact form with your name and how much you would like to donate.
Q: Are there any other regional or national secular events coming in 2016?
- Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism 2016, May 12 - 15, New York City
- American Humanist Association's 2016 75th Anniversary Conference, May 26 - 29, 2016 in Chicago
- Secular Coalition For America 2016 Lobby Day & Secular Summit, June 2 - 3, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
- The Reason Rally, June 4, 2016 in Washington, DC.
- Secular Student Alliance 2016 Annual Conference, July 8 - 10, 2016, Columbus, Ohio
- Freedom From Religion Foundation's 2016 National Convention, October 7 - 9th, in Pittsburgh, PA
Q: What are you doing to make the conference accessible?
The Mark Twain House is fully handicapped accessible. Continue east on Farmington Avenue and go past The Mark Twain House. Take your first right onto Forest Street and look for the sign on the right for the entrance to the Museum Center’s rear parking lot.
Q: Will you offer childcare?
Unfortunately we do not have the space to accommodate childcare services.