Announcing the Connecticut Assembly for Reason & Ethics Conference

For Immediate Release:

Connecticut Assembly for Reason & Ethics (CARE) Conference To Be Held At The Mark Twain House

(Hartford, CT, March 29th, 2016) This coming Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Connecticut Coalition of Reason is holding its second conference for atheists, freethinkers, humanists, agnostics, and anyone else interested in non-theistic communities at the historic Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, CT. This focus of this year’s conference will be on three themes: Community Building, Political Action, and Interfaith Relations. The conference will feature talks and breakout-sessions led by various leaders in the non-theistic community:

  • Hemant Mehta is an author, blogger, and atheist activist. Hemant will be the keynote speaker and the title of his talk is, “What Atheists Can Learn from Churches… Seriously”
  • Amanda Knief is the National Legal and Public Policy Director for the American Atheists and our Political Action speaker. The title of her talk is, “Election 2016: When Atheist Voters and Religious Exemptions Collide”
  • UnitedCoR’s Executive Director is the Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason, headquartered in Washington, DC and is the Community Building speaker. The title of his presentation is “Breaking Silos”
  • Wendy Thomas Russell is a journalist, author, editor and our Interfaith Relations speaker. The title of her talk is, “Atheism & Interfaith: Building Bridges with Honesty, Integrity and Compassion “

The conference will begin at 9:30 am with speaker presentations in the morning, with smaller interactive breakout sessions in the afternoon, and will conclude at 5:00p.m. Doors open at 8:30 am for registration. The ticket price includes all events as well as lunch (vegan options will be available). Registration and advertising information will be made available on CARE’s website (

The Gallup 2015 Religiosity Poll released on February 4, 2016 reports that 39% of Connecticut residents are non-religious, thereby ranking Connecticut among the least religious states in the country. The member organizations of Connecticut CoR provide safe and welcoming places for people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to explore secularism in its many forms. Connecticut CoR’s activities are as varied as our members and include social gatherings; lectures on history, arts, economics, and human rights; participation in charitable events; book discussions; game nights; and much more.

More information about the conference can be found at or on our social media sites: and

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Connecticut Coalition of Reason ( representing the atheist, freethought, and humanist community in Connecticut, is comprised of eleven groups working together across the state. Its 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.

United Coalition of Reason ( is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that helps local non-theistic groups work together to achieve higher visibility, increase membership, and have a greater impact in their local areas.

For more information contact:

Tanya Barrett
CARE Conference Media Representative
[email protected]

Patrick (Pat) McCann
Connecticut Coalition of Reason
(860) 704-9003

UnitedCoR’s Executive Director
Executive Director
United Coalition of Reason (headquartered in Washington, DC)
[email protected]
(202) 744-1553