September 8, 2015

Contact: Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference, (717) 467-1266

Starting Friday September 11, 2015, a three-day Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference will be held at the Best Western Premier / The Central Hotel. Non-theists will gather to advocate for progressive values, support the development and advancement of humanist thought, support the separation of government and religion, encourage rational thought and scientific inquiry, and provide a safe environment where humanists, other non-theists and those who are open to the values of humanism can work together to move society forward with a firm reliance on reason and humanity.

WHO: Some of the featured speakers for the event are
– Ben Blanchard—organizer and activist with Foundation Beyond Belief (wwwfoundationbeyondbelief.org).
-Victor Harris—poet within MadArtLab (www.madartlab.com), where art meets science and skepticism.
-Sarah Levin—Legislative Associate at the Secular Coalition for America (www.secular.org).
-Maribeth Mooney—comedian, producer, actress and writer.
-Mandisa Thomas—Coordinator for Atlanta Coalition of Reason and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. (www.blacknonbelievers.wordpress.com).

Details regarding all speakers can be found at: atheistpa.org/speakers-2015/.

Best Western Premier / The Central Hotel, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA, 17111

Friday, September 11, 2015 from 4 p.m, through Sunday, September 13 at 5 p.m.

The conference is about realizing that our society, the world and our universe is a bigger, brighter and a more amazing place than ever imagined when viewed through the lens of humanism and non-theism. The conference provides an opportunity for non-believers to stand together and gives us a public voice, allowing us to reach out and connect with even more people who share our philosophy, and helps us continue the journey of building a strong and vibrant humanist community. When we discover that we’re not alone, we are encouraged to enthusiastically live lives in a way that reflects our values. What makes life for humanists, atheists and other non-believers so exciting is the infinite discoveries, unbounded by supernatural beliefs, that await to be revealed through reason, logic and open-minded curiosity.

More information about the conference can be found at www.atheistpa.org.


The Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference at www.atheistpa.org is organized in part by members of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason. There will be options for socializing with fellow conference attendees each evening.

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition of Reason at www.phillycor.org is a joint effort of ten cooperating groups that help people connect to local freethought, humanist, atheist, agnostic, rationalist, etc., to provide information and a sense of community; to give you a way to combine your voice with others who are ready to move society forward.

The Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason at www.pittsburghcor.org is a coalition of seven groups and four affiliate members around the greater Pittsburgh area, based on the principles of secularism, freethought, skepticism, and humanism.

The United Coalition of Reason at www.unitedcor.org is a non-profit organization that helps local nontheistic groups work together to achieve higher visibility, increase membership, and have a greater impact in their local areas.


For more information, please contact:

Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference
(717) 467-1266

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