Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix


Sunday Speaker

No one knowingly joins a cult.


As a former Scientologist and cult expert, Chris will discuss how high control groups work, what makes them so harmful and the techniques they use to ensnare otherwise unsuspecting people. It's not about belief systems or UFOs or oddball ideas. It's about a structure of control, undue influence and manipulation, and using people's natural tendencies to think emotionally rather than rationally that gives destructive cults a seeming advantage over regular people, who often don't see what is happening to them as it's happening. Chris will discuss how this happens and ways to detect or counter it from happening to you and those you love. There will also be a Q&A portion so Chris can answer your questions about destructive cults in general and Scientology specifically.

Bio data:

Chris Shelton is an author, professional YouTuber, public speaker and former cult member turned activist. He was part of the Church of Scientology and worked at its highest levels for 17 years before leaving in 2013.

He has been an outspoken critic ever since, speaking around the country about the dangers of destructive cults and has appeared on numerous podcasts, radio and TV including on Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath on A&E. Chris also works to promote critical thinking, skepticism and reason.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional Continental breakfast available for a $5 donation. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.

A Children's Program is available during the Speaker Meeting. Please see the HSGP Meetup for the Children's Program on this date for more information and to RSVP with the number of children attending.

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Date: 06/10/2018 (Sun.)

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm MDT

Location: 627 W Rio Salado Parkway Mesa, 85201 United States

Created by:   HSGP Volunteer Opportunities
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Food Preparation & Replenishment 7-9 a.m.; Must be key holder

• Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.

peter costantino

Food Preparation and Replenishment 7-9 a.m. Do NOT need to be key holder

• Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.

Steven Metzger
6023180554 Txt/VM

Set Up Meeting Room 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. (2)

• Set up tables and chairs. • Place tablecloths, salt and pepper shakers, and flower vases on each table. • Set plates, bowls, silverware, etc., on buffet table. • Fill the coffee station with coffee cups, cocoa, and appropriate condiments.

All slots filled
Teresa Cokl
Liliana Vilcu
I will be in at 8am

Greet and Welcome 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. (3)

• Greet attendees and make them feel welcome. • Distribute badges appropriately. • Offer a tour to new guests who have not visited the community center.

1 of 3 slots filled
Jeanne Devine`

Bring a Casserole/Main Dish 8:45 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. (3)

Bring a casserole or main breakfast dish to the community center by 9:00 am. Don’t have a casserole recipe? Ask us to send you one in your email.

All slots filled
Jennifer White
Something veg
Kathy Pettycrew
eggs and jalapenos+
Linda Wendler

Humanist Minute Speaker 10:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Share what Humanism means to you through a short reading or other self-expression. Need an idea? Ask us to send you a list of resources in your email.

Kathy Pettycrew

Cleanup 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (2)

Cleanup: clear tables; clean and store coffee urns and serving dishes; sort and discard trash and recyclables.

1 of 2 slots filled
Kathy Pettycrew

Shop for Food (Historically, this has been completed the day before the event.)

• Must be a key holder • Costco membership preferred • Determine need based on donations by food preparation volunteers • Purchase items for Sunday breakfast • Deliver these goods to the HCC


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