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ACA will have a monthly billiards night every 4th Wednesday of the month starting at 8pm at the Side Pocket on North Lamar. It's a casual event and you don't have to be a player to come and enjoy the fun. 

The event will be at:

  • Side Pocket (info)
  • 10701 N Lamar Blvd (Between Rundberg and Braker)
  • Austin, TX 78753-3054
  • (512) 834-2742
  • map

Playing pool will cost $8/hour per table. Typically there will be 2 people per table, though 3 or 4 is possible if there is a need to cut the cost down. Beer is about $4 for a small pitcher. There are also soft drinks, candy bars and chips available. 

For those looking to eat some food, the pool hall doesn't serve any, but there's a very good taco stand in the parking lot outside, and several decent places in the neighborhood.

Congratulations to the 2007-2008 ACA Board. The following people will serve on the ACA board for the next year:

President

  • Matt Dillahunty

Vice President

  • Don Baker

At large board seats (7)

  • Shilling Cadena
  • Steven Elliott
  • Mark Loewe
  • Ashley Perrien
  • Don Rhoades
  • Joe Rhodes
  • Mike Swift

The offices of Secretary and Treasurer were filled during the May 13th meeting with Mark Loewe and Mike Swift, respectively. 

Pictures from the election are available in the scrapbook.

Jeff Dee was honored at the May 6th election meeting with a plaque and a letter signed by the board members. The photograph of the plaque and text of the letter appears below. Give him a pat on the back when he returns from his sabbatical.

In recognition of Jeff Dee, May 6, 2007

The Atheist Community of Austin would like to recognize Jeff Dee for his many contributions. Jeff is one of the founding members of the Atheist Community of Austin and over the course of its first decade he has been one of our most active members. He helped shape the direction of the ACA by serving as both board member and co-chair. He has been host and co-host of The Atheist Experience and was the creator and driving force behind our Internet podcast, The Non-Prophets - an idea which increased the scope and popularity of the ACA’s media outreach programs.

He has been a public spokesperson for the ACA, representing reason and atheism at National Day of Reason rallies, the Godless Americans March on Washington, and many other activism events. He was also a major contributor to the “friend of the court” brief that the ACA submitted to the Supreme Court for the Michael Newdow pledge case. He has been a shining example of service, dedication and cooperation and has selflessly donated countless hours of his time to ensuring that the ACA continues to thrive.

Jeff is taking a well-deserved break in order to focus on career opportunities while other volunteers attempt to continue the efforts he helped pioneer. 

Today’s moment of recognition is not, in any way, a “goodbye.” We simply want to give credit where it is due, offer our appreciation for the work he has done, and let him know that we are all looking forward to a time when he is able to continue working with the ACA to champion positive atheism, reason, and church-state separation.

A volunteer organization like the ACA lives or dies based on the effort and effectiveness of its volunteers and Jeff’s efforts have not only been effective, they have inspired others to participate and contribute as well. 

We cannot possibly repay Jeff for his contributions, but we offer our heartfelt gratitude and this small plaque to serve as a constant reminder that he has not simply been a part of the ACA; he has been critical to its success.

The ACA has been invited to the following talk at UT by historian G. Howard Miller who spoke to the ACA in February. The lecture will be Monday, April 16th, 7:30pm. The lecture is titled "Belief and Unbelief in George Bush's America". It will be given Monday, April 16th, 7:30pm at in Gearing Hall room 105. The talk will enlarge on comments he made in his February lecture and will pay special attention to the recent public defenses of unbelief in the works of men like Dawkins and Harris. 

Dr. Miller's Biography

A native of Graham, Texas, Howard Miller is University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been teaching about religion in American history since 1971. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Professor Miller is currently writing a book on the impact of General Wallace's novel, Ben-Hur on American culture since its publication in 1880. He has recently become interested on film in America and has developed several new courses that rely heavily on audio-visual materials. Over thepast few years he has taught new courses on Jesus in America, on the cinematic lives of Jesus, on religion in America in the Fifties and on unbelief in America. This semester he is teaching a new lecture course on religion in America since 1945. In the Spring of 2008 Professor Miller will offer a new lecture course on unbelief in America that grows out of the undergraduate seminar he recently taught on the same subject. His lecture grows out of his experiences in that course.

Talk Abstract

Scholars and cultural commentators have much recently of the power of religious belief in George W. Bush's personal life and in his rise to and survival in power in American politics. Critics of the President speak ominously of the rise of a politically engaged religious fundamentalism that has disturbing similarities to the Islamic fundamentalists against which America is now arrayed in Afghanistan and Iraq. But in the past few years, just as commentators have predicted the inevitable and lamentable triumph of the Religious Right in the United States, the nation's bestseller lists have begun to fill up with books defending, of all things, unbelief. How to account for this seemingly unexpected rise of a clearly articulated, intellectually sophisticated, public defense of unbelief? Is it but the inevitable reaction to the stridency of the Religious Right? Is it part of our growing fascinating with the capacity of science to answer ultimate questions? Just how unusual is it in the broad sweep of American history? These and other questions will be the focus of this lecture on one of the most important developments of our time. 

Directions to the Event

The event will be in Gearing Hall Room 105 on the UT campus. If you walk north from the Tower and cross 24th Street, you will walk right into Gearing Hall. Look at the bottom of map 1 on this page to see where the building is. If you go to the lecture, I recommend parking in the parking garage at 25th and San Antonio and walking over. See the visitor parking map. Go early enough to find parking and allow for walking time whenever you visit the UT campus. Once you enter Gearing Hall, take a left then the next left, and you are there at room 105.

ACA will be holding a demonstration at the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday, May 3rd from Noon to 1pm as part of our National Day of Reason activities. We would like to get a big group out there with signs promoting reason and church-state separation. We already have the signs, but we need participants. 

We will have an informal meal meeting prior to the event at Hickory Street, 8th and Congress at starting from 11am. After a meal, we'll go to the sidewalk on 12th St. in front of the Capitol to set up our signs. We'll be there from Noon to 1pm. We'll wave at cars, show off the signs, and chat with people on the street. Please come down. Wear sunscreen and bring some water for yourself. The event is fun and a great way to show your support for reason and church-state separation. 

This event is part of a National Day of Reason response to the National Day of Prayer event occurring at the same time at the Capitol. As far as we know, this particular NDoP event does not violate church-state separation boundaries, but the national movement is clearly over the line. (If you know of a way that the NDoP event violates church-state separation, please let us know.) We will be exercising our free speech rights in response in the form of a demonstration. Other National Day of Reason activities are being done across the country as part of a movement to promote reason and community service.

Atheist Community of Austin

The Atheist Community of Austin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting positive atheism and the separation of church and state. The ACA serves the local Austin community through outreach programs, providing informational resources and various volunteer activities. In addition, the ACA serves the community-at-large through free online portals including informational wikis, regular audio/video podcasts and interactive blogs.

We define atheism as the lack of belief in gods. This definition also encompasses what most people call agnosticism.

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