Preliminary Schedule

Event schedule is subject to change. Information will be added and updated as it becomes available. All official Lobby Day and Summit events will take place at the Liason Capitol Hill unless otherwise noted, with discounted room rates of $159 a night available for participants. 

2014 Lobby Day & Secular Summit Preliminary Schedule

Join us Thursday evening for a reception at the Liason's rootfop pool. 


Thursday, June 12, 2014 
Lobby Day  



Breakfast and Introduction 

10:00 - 12:00                                                                                   

Lobbying Training
Training session will focus on real-world transferable lobbying skills participants can implement immediately to lobby effectively at the federal level, and bring home with them to lobby effectively at the state level. Breakout sessions may include role playing.

12:00 - 1:00 

1:00 - 5:00

Lobby Visits
Participants will put the lobby skills learned in the morning session to work, and attend lobbying meetings with Congressional staffs in the House and Senate. 

6:00  - 8:00

Pool Party and Reception
Join us for a pool-side reception at the largest rooftop pool and bar in DC. 

8:00 - 10:00 

Documentary Screening
"Contradiction" - a Jeremiah Camara film. Contradiction explores the black community's dedication and commitment to the church and religion.

Friday, June 13, 2014 
Secular Summit 


Breakfast and Speaker

9:30 - 10:30                                                                                              

Panel: Supporting Science in Lawmaking

Climate change deniers, the anti-vaccination movement and intelligent design advocates refuse to accept science we all know to be true and our children will suffer for it. This panel will discuss why solid scientific principles and cutting edge research progresses and betters humanity, the false arguments tossed into the public forum, and how we can support lawmaking based on sound reason and science. 

Invited Speakers: 

  • Gina McCarthy Administrator, EPA

  • Vandana Shiva Environmental advocate, Nobel Prize winner

  • Ann Reid Executive Director, National Center for Science Education

  • Chesley Richards Director, NCIRD Immunization Services Division


10:45- 12:00

Panel: Empowering Youth, The Nonreligious Generation
Americans under the age of 30 are less religious than ever, yet the religiously motivated legislation impacts their lives every day. This panel will cover issues of sex education, LGBT, public school vouchers, reproductive rights.

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Chris Stedman - from the Harvard Humanist Community Project, and author of "Faitheist"

  • Jessica Boyer - Sexual Education Lobbyist, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

  • Sasha Pudelski - Lobbyist, American Association of School Administrators and former SCA lobbyist

  • Lyz Liddel - Secular Student Alliance, Director of Campus Organizing



Lunch/Keynote Speakers

1:45- 2:45


Training the Trainers
Are you an SCA chapter leader or the leader of another secular minded grassroots organization? This workshop will arm organizational leaders with the tools they need to effect change from the ground up, with a focus on lobbying at the state and local level, fundraising and more.

Secular Student Alliance Training
The Secular Student Alliance presents their training on everything you need to know to run a successful student chapter.  

3:00 - 4:00


Working with Other Movements & the Religious
Lead by Chris Stedman, from the Harvard Humanist Community Project, and author of "Faitheist".

From climate change, to women's reproductive rights, to the LGBTQ movement, there are many different movements whose goals overlap with our own. You may even be surprised to hear there are many "faith groups" that support our mission. This workshop focuses on how -- as a movement and as individual chapters -- we can work effectively with these organizations and movements to harness our collective power and effect change.  

Communications is a vital part of making any organization or chapter succesful. Learn how to write successful press releases that get you noticed, build relationships with reporters, publicize events, and work social media to your advantage.   

4:00 Closing Discussion
5:00 Break for Dinner


Saturday June 14, 2014 (Member and Voting Organization Representatives Only)

Voting Members' Meeting
SCA Board Meeting
Strategic Planning Session

What's your rush? There's more to do in D.C after the Lobby Day and Summit! Participate in the Center for Inquiry's event on Saturday and explore the city.



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