Upcoming events

    • 10/01/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • World's Fair Park 963 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville

    PrideFest Booth at the World's Fair Site

    Volunteers for the RET and FFRF-ETC PrideFest Booth are needed for Saturday October 1.

    The event is being held at 963 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville. 

    Set up will be Saturday at 10:00 AM and at least two people are needed for that time, as well as tear down at 7:30 PM. During the event, the booth will be okay with only one person staffing it, but two would be better. 

    There is a Sign-up Site for volunteers at:

     https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c49a4a62baafc1-pridefest

    The time slots are not in the correct order on the site, and it appears that the last three only have one slot available even though two were requested. The set up time at 10:00 AM ABSOLUTELY needs two people. If you are available but unable to sign up for that time slot because of site limitations, please email at info@ffrf-etc.org to let an organizer know. Set up folks will be on duty until 1:00 PM or until the next crew arrives. 

    Other shifts are for 2 hours, each. 

    Knock down cannot start until 7:30 PM. Whomever takes the materials home with them should also contact info@ffrf-etc.org so they can be collected after the event. 

    Even if you can't volunteer, come visit the booth. 


    • 10/02/2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Pellissippi State Community College, Hardin Valley Road

    This will be our first regular in-person meeting. With that in mind, there will be no set program to allow members to spend time reconnecting. 

    Bring snacks to share and enjoy the trusty coffee service provided by RET. 

    We meet in the cafeteria annex at the back of the Goins Administration Building. 

    Please note: Another group will be using the actual cafeteria. Pellissippi has asked that we enter ONLY through the rear entrance to reduce disruption to the other group. We are welcome to pass through the cafeteria to use the restrooms. 

    Please feel welcome to share this announcement with interested friends. 

    • 10/09/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom

    RET Skeptic Book Club

    Sunday 4:00 - 6:00 pm

    October 9, 2022                          

    Video conference meeting using zoom

    Laziness Does Not Exist

    by Devon Price 

    Extra-curricular activities. Honors classes. 60-hour work weeks. Side hustles. Like many Americans, Dr. Devon Price believed that productivity was the best way to measure self-worth. Price was an overachiever from the start, graduating from both college and graduate school early, but that success came at a cost. After Price was diagnosed with a severe case of anemia and heart complications from overexertion, they were forced to examine the darker side of all this productivity. Laziness Does Not Exist explores the psychological underpinnings of the “laziness lie,” including its origins from the Puritans and how it has continued to proliferate as digital work tools have blurred the boundaries between work and life. Using in-depth research, Price explains that people today do far more work than nearly any other humans in history yet most of us often still feel we are not doing enough.

    Filled with practical and accessible advice for overcoming society’s pressure to do more, and featuring interviews with researchers, consultants, and experiences from real people drowning in too much work.  256 pages.

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    • 10/16/2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Zoom

    The topic for this Zoom meeting will be: "American Crusade: How the Supreme Court Is Weaponizing Religious Freedom" which is a video presentation of SSA's Kevin Boling interviewing Andrew Seidel about his new book by the same title. 

    Since this is a Zoom presentation, bring your own coffee and snacks. 

    Topic: RET October Third Sunday

    Time: Oct 16, 2022 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    • 10/23/2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom

    RET Reflections Meeting

    October 23, 2022, Sunday 4:30 - 6:00 pm

    Do you trust "Originalism"?

    From Wikipedia: In the context of United States law, originalism is a concept regarding the interpretation of the Constitution that asserts that all statements in the constitution must be interpreted based on the original understanding "at the time it was adopted". This concept views the Constitution as stable from the time of enactment and that the meaning of its contents can be changed only by the steps set out in Article Five.  As we all know this idea is meeting a lot of push back these days and many believe that originalism is virtually impossible since times change and the people who worked on the constitution are long gone.  Others believe that what they said is what they meant regardless of how times change: If people don't like it, then use Article Five to change the constitution - don't white wash what was said with legal claptrap. 

    A contemporary critic is:

    How Justice Scalia created chaos: "Originalism" is just right-wing ideology in disguise (msn.com)

    What do you think?  Is there merit in originalism or should the constitution be regarded in broad terms and interpreted within the context of contemporary times?  Or perhaps should some of the other legal interpretations examined?

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Past events

09/18/2022 Annual Presentation - LIVE/IN-PERSON
09/11/2022 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
09/04/2022 September First Sunday Via Zoom
08/28/2022 August Reflections via ZOOM
08/21/2022 August Third Sunday
08/14/2022 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
08/07/2022 August First Sunday ZOOM MEETING
07/24/2022 July Reflections via ZOOM
07/17/2022 July Third Sunday
07/10/2022 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
07/03/2022 July First Sunday
06/26/2022 June Reflections via ZOOM
06/19/2022 June Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
06/15/2022 Scholarship Application
06/12/2022 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
06/05/2022 June First Sunday Zoom Meeting
05/22/2022 May Reflections via ZOOM
05/15/2022 May Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
05/08/2022 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
05/01/2022 May First Sunday Meeting
04/24/2022 April Reflections via ZOOM
04/17/2022 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
04/10/2022 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
04/03/2022 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
03/27/2022 March Reflections via ZOOM
03/20/2022 March Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
03/13/2022 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
03/06/2022 March First Sunday Zoom Meeting
02/27/2022 February Reflections via ZOOM
02/20/2022 February Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
02/13/2022 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
02/06/2022 Annual Membership Business Meeting
01/23/2022 January Reflections via ZOOM
01/16/2022 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
01/09/2022 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
01/02/2022 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
12/19/2021 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
12/18/2021 Winter Solstice Zoom Party
12/12/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
12/05/2021 December First Sunday
11/21/2021 November Third Sunday
11/14/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
11/07/2021 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
10/24/2021 October Reflections via ZOOM
10/17/2021 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
10/10/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
10/03/2021 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
09/26/2021 September Reflections via ZOOM
09/19/2021 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
09/12/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
09/05/2021 First Sunday Zoom Meeting with Marty Carcieri
08/22/2021 August Reflections via ZOOM
08/15/2021 August Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
08/08/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
08/01/2021 August First Sunday, Zoom Meeting
07/25/2021 July Reflections via ZOOM
07/18/2021 Third Sunday
07/11/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
06/27/2021 June Reflections
06/20/2021 June Third Sunday
06/13/2021 June Book Club
06/06/2021 First Sunday
05/23/2021 Reflections via ZOOM
05/16/2021 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
05/09/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
05/02/2021 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
04/25/2021 Reflections via ZOOM
04/18/2021 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
04/11/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
04/04/2021 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
03/28/2021 Reflections via ZOOM
03/21/2021 Dan Barker on March's Third Sunday
03/14/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
03/07/2021 March First Sunday
02/28/2021 Reflections via ZOOM
02/21/2021 February Third Sunday
02/14/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
02/07/2021 Annual Membership Business Meeting
01/24/2021 Reflections via ZOOM
01/17/2021 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
01/10/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
01/09/2021 Adopt-a-Highway
01/03/2021 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
12/19/2020 Winter Solstice Party Via Zoom
12/13/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
12/06/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
11/29/2020 (copy) RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
11/22/2020 Reflections via ZOOM
11/15/2020 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
11/08/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
11/07/2020 Adopt-a-Highway
11/01/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
10/25/2020 Reflections via ZOOM
10/18/2020 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
10/11/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
10/04/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
09/27/2020 Reflections via ZOOM
09/20/2020 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
09/13/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
09/06/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
08/23/2020 Reflections via ZOOM
08/16/2020 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
08/09/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
08/02/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
07/26/2020 Reflections via ZOOM
07/19/2020 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
07/12/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
07/05/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
06/21/2020 Third Sunday Meeting via Zoom
04/19/2020 Annual Public Lecture -- cancelled
04/04/2020 Adopt-a-Highway - Cancelled
03/22/2020 Reflections -- Cancelled
03/15/2020 Third Sunday Meeting - Cancelled
03/01/2020 First Sunday Discussion
02/27/2020 Blount County Social Event
02/23/2020 Fourth Sunday - Special Speaker, Dave Warnock
02/16/2020 Reflections (Different DATE and LOCATION)
02/09/2020 Skeptic Book Club
02/02/2020 Annual Membership Meeting
01/26/2020 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
01/19/2020 Third Sunday Meeting
01/12/2020 Skeptic Book Club
01/11/2020 Adopt-A-Highway
01/05/2020 First Sunday Meeting
12/15/2019 Third Sunday
12/08/2019 Skeptic Book Club
12/01/2019 First Sunday
11/17/2019 Third Sunday
11/10/2019 Skeptic Book Club
11/03/2019 First Sunday
10/27/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
10/20/2019 Third Sunday
10/13/2019 Skeptic Book Club
10/12/2019 Adopt-A-Highway
10/06/2019 First Sunday
09/22/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
09/15/2019 Third Sunday Presentation
09/08/2019 Skeptic Book Club
09/01/2019 First Sunday Presentation
08/25/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
08/18/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
08/11/2019 Skeptic Book Club
08/04/2019 First Sunday Meeting
07/28/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
07/21/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
07/21/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
07/14/2019 Skeptic Book Club
07/13/2019 Adopt a Highway
07/07/2019 First Sunday Meeting
06/23/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
06/16/2019 NO THIRD SUNDAY MEETING
06/09/2019 Skeptic Book Club
06/02/2019 First Sunday Meeting
05/19/2019 Annual Free Public Lecture
05/12/2019 Skeptic Book Club
05/05/2019 First Sunday Roundtable
04/28/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
04/21/2019 Third Sunday Roundtable
04/14/2019 Skeptic Book Club
04/13/2019 Adopt-a-Highway
04/07/2019 First Sunday Meeting
03/24/2019 Reflections
03/17/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
03/10/2019 Skeptic Book Club
03/03/2019 First Sunday Meeting
02/17/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
02/10/2019 Skeptic Book Club
02/03/2019 First Sunday Meeting
01/20/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
01/13/2019 Skeptic Book Club
01/12/2019 Adopt-a-Highway
01/06/2019 First Sunday Meeting
01/06/2019 Board of Directors meeting
12/16/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
12/09/2018 Skeptic Book Club
12/02/2018 First Sunday Roundtable
11/25/2018 Reflections
11/18/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
11/11/2018 Skeptic Book Club
11/11/2018 Board of Directors meeting
11/04/2018 First Sunday Meeting
10/28/2018 Reflections
10/21/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
10/14/2018 Skeptic Book Club
10/13/2018 Adopt-a-Highway
10/07/2018 First Sunday Meeting
09/16/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
09/02/2018 RET First Sunday Meeting
08/19/2018 Trip to Gray Fossil Site and Museum, 1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray, Tennessee 37615
08/12/2018 Skeptic Book Club
08/05/2018 First Sunday Meeting
07/15/2018 Online Security and Privacy
07/08/2018 Skeptic Book Club
07/07/2018 Adopt-a-Highway
07/01/2018 NO RET First Sunday July 1
06/17/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
06/16/2018 Annual Summer Solstice Celebration
06/10/2018 Skeptic Book Club
06/03/2018 RET First Sunday
05/20/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
05/13/2018 Skeptic Book Club
05/06/2018 First Sunday Roundatable
05/03/2018 Annual Day of Reason Cook Out
04/29/2018 Annual Public Speaker
04/22/2018 Reflections—Discussion and Pot Luck
04/15/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
04/08/2018 Skeptic Book Club
04/07/2018 Adopt A Highway on Pellissippi
04/01/2018 First Sunday Roundtable
03/25/2018 Reflections - Are our smart phones psychologically ruining us?
03/18/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
03/11/2018 Skeptic Book Club
03/04/2018 First Sunday Meeting
02/25/2018 RET Reflections
02/18/2018 Third Sunday Meetinfg
02/11/2018 Skeptic Book Club
02/04/2018 Annual Membership Meeting
01/28/2018 RET Reflections
01/21/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
01/14/2018 Skeptic Book Club
01/13/2018 Trash Pickup on Pellissippi
01/07/2018 First Sunday Meeting
12/17/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
12/10/2017 Skeptic Book Club
12/03/2017 First Sunday Meeting
11/19/2017 RET Third Sunday Meeting
11/12/2017 Skeptic Book Club
11/05/2017 First Sunday Meeting
10/15/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
10/08/2017 Skeptic Book Club
10/07/2017 Trash pick-up on Pellissippi
10/01/2017 First Sunday Meeting
09/17/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
09/10/2017 Skeptic Book Club
09/03/2017 First Sunday Meeting
08/20/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
08/13/2017 Skeptic Book Club
08/06/2017 First Sunday Meeting
07/16/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
07/09/2017 Skeptic Book Club
07/08/2017 Trash pick-up on Pellissippi
06/18/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
06/11/2017 Skeptic Book Club
06/04/2017 First Sunday Meeting
05/21/2017 Third Sunday Meeting in May
05/14/2017 Skeptic Book Club
05/07/2017 First Sunday Presentation
05/04/2017 Day of Reason Cookout
04/30/2017 Annual Public Lecture - Hemant Mehta
04/23/2017 Reflections
04/16/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
04/09/2017 Skeptic Book Club
04/02/2017 First Sunday Presentation
04/01/2017 Trash pick-up on Pellissippi
03/26/2017 Reflections
03/19/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
03/12/2017 The Skeptic Book Club
03/05/2017 First Sunday "Genes, Environment and Fate: The Origins of Human DIfferences"
02/26/2017 Reflections
02/19/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
02/12/2017 Skeptic Book Club
02/05/2017 Annual Business Meeting
01/22/2017 Reflections
01/15/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
01/14/2017 Trash Pick Up on Pellissippi
01/08/2017 Skeptic Book Club
12/18/2016 RET Third Sunday Meeting in December
12/11/2016 Skeptic Book Club
12/04/2016 First Sunday Meeting
11/27/2016 Reflections
11/20/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
11/13/2016 Skeptic Book Club for November
11/06/2016 First Sunday
10/16/2016 RET Third Sunday Meeting
10/09/2016 Skeptic Book Club
10/08/2016 Trash Pickup on Pellissippi
10/02/2016 First Sunday: "Shifting Context: How Innocuous Legislation Becomes Controversial, Without Changing a Word"
09/18/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
09/11/2016 Skeptic Book Club
09/03/2016 Smoky Mountain Freethought Advance
08/28/2016 Reflections
08/21/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
08/14/2016 Skeptic Book Club
08/07/2016 First Sunday
07/24/2016 RET Reflections
07/23/2016 RET Highway Clean-Up
07/17/2016 Third Sunday Roundtable
07/10/2016 Skeptic Book Club
07/03/2016 First Sunday Meeting
06/26/2016 RET Reflections
06/19/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
06/12/2016 Skeptic Book Club
06/05/2016 First Sunday Meeting
05/15/2016 RET Annual Public Meeting
05/08/2016 Skeptic Book Club
05/05/2016 Bible Belt National Day of Reason Picnic
05/01/2016 First Sunday Meeting
04/24/2016 RET Reflections
04/23/2016 Adopt-A-Highway trash pickup
04/17/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
04/10/2016 Skeptic Book Club
04/03/2016 First Sunday Meeting
03/20/2016 Third Sunday Meting
03/13/2016 Skeptic Book Club
03/06/2016 First Sunday Meeting
02/21/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
02/16/2016 Free Thought Forum Community TV
02/14/2016 Free Thought Radio Hour
02/14/2016 Skeptic Book Club
01/24/2016 Reflections
01/23/2016 Free Thought Radio
01/21/2016 Free Thought Radio
01/17/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
01/16/2016 Adopt A Highway clean up
01/10/2016 Skeptic Book Club
01/03/2016 First Sunday Meeting
12/20/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
12/13/2015 Free Thought Radio Hour
12/13/2015 Skeptic Book Club
12/06/2015 First Sunday Meeting
11/22/2015 Reflections
11/15/2015 RET Third Sunday Meeting
11/08/2015 Skeptic Book Club for November
11/01/2015 First Sunday - Movie
10/24/2015 Adopt A Highway Trash Pickup
10/18/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
10/13/2015 Shelley Segal Concert
10/11/2015 Skeptic Book Club for October
10/04/2015 First Sunday Meeting
09/24/2015 Autumnal Equinox Picnic
09/20/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
09/13/2015 Skeptic Book Club for September
09/06/2015 First Sunday Meeting
08/16/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
08/09/2015 Skeptic Book Club for August
07/03/2015 Smoky Mountain Advance
05/17/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
11/15/2014 The Demography of Unbelief
10/31/2014 Halloween Luncheon
10/19/2014 3rd Sunday Meeting
09/30/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/23/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/21/2014 3rd Sunday Meeting
09/16/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/14/2014 Skeptic Book Club
09/14/2014 Skeptic Book Club
09/09/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/07/2014 First Sunday Meeting
09/02/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
08/26/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville

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