Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Free Thinkers Fathers and Sons Camp Out

I recently came upon a very interesting idea here. A summer camp for free thinkers. What a concept. I'm constantly asking myself, "Should I go to 'Priesthood Commemoration Campout' with the ward next weekend? Or as it used to be called, Fathers and Sons outing? I love going out the camp ground, to nature, and I love seeing Logan and Hayden playing with all of the neighborhood kids, but I hate the part where they start praising the Priesthood, and even worse when they begin to pull out all of the praise for Joseph Smith. I just want to shrink back into my tent.

How many of you would be interested in a Free Thinkers Fathers and Sons camp out? There will be no praising the man, but maybe some excellent stories around the campfire about Charles Darwin, Galileo, David Hume and do fun exercises on thinking. What do you all think? Anybody interested?

Or how about our own summer camp for free thinkers. No longer should non-mormons feel left out in Utah County, we could have our own free thinking summer camp for kids. We could invite thought provoking activities, along with fun camping games. It sounds so fun, is anyone interested? I mean, if I were to organize something simple like that, who would be interested in coming? Drop me a line, or place a comment here.

What to Expect at the Utah County CALM Chapter Meetings

Lately, I've had several people ask me what the CALM meeting is like. Let me give you the details here.

Dennis Borg and I co-chair the CALM meetings.

When & Where
We alternate hosting the meeting at our homes on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. E.g. the next CALM meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 at Dennis' home in Orem. The following meeting will be at my home Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 at my home. RSVP to or Dennis at to get the address and help us get an idea of who is coming. (Dennis isn't always able to respond in the same week because of his work schedule, so you may want to send email to us both to get a response back quickly.

Meeting Format:

7:00 - 8:00
Generally, there are about 20 people. We are a new group, so we spend a considerable amount of time introducing ourselves by sharing stories and experiences.

8:00 - 9:00
Then we may discuss a relevant topic, such as how to still interact with our still believing family & friends.

9:00 - ?
After that, there are generally some refreshments to be eaten, and smaller groups will break off for a bit, then we go home.

What to expect:
Its very therapeutic. Everyone I've met so far is very nice & open, and generally fairly educated about the history of the church. We don't generally sit around and bash anyone. Generally, we are a respectful bunch of folks willing to discuss things openly. Not much like an Elder's Quorum meeting or Relief Society Meeting at all. I promise that you won't go to sleep.

All meetings are confidential. We ask all attendees to keep what is said in the meetings, at the meetings and to themselves. We respect each other's privacy. We don't publish names or pictures of the event, nor do we write any specifics about what has transpired, to encourage open discussion and healing.

You will probably come away feeling better about yourself, confident in your path, and even feel content about not knowing everything anymore.

I look forward to seeing you!