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Indiana Civic Day
Sat, Feb 7 2015 10:45am
402 W Washington St. Indianapolis, IN · Cost: 10-30


Sponsored by

Center for Inquiry-Indiana

Indiana Chapter Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Saturday, February 7, 2015

10:45 am-2:30 pm

Indiana State House, North Atrium, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN

Free Parking: West Section of the Indiana State House parking lot, north of the State House off Ohio Street. Enter the building at the north entrance only.  Latecomers are not guaranteed admission to parking lot.  There is metered parking along the street.   

CFI and AU Members--$25.00

Public: $30.00

Students: $10

Box Lunch: $10.00

Event Sponsor: $100 (name listed on program if registered by February 2).This includes admission for up to two people.

Register and order a box lunch online or at CFI Indiana.

Become a CFI Member.  Become an AU member.

Pick up your name tag which is your ticket for the day at 10:45.  Because of the limited amount of time that we can be in the State House, there will not be a lunch break.  Your choices are: eat lunch before you come, bring a sack lunch for yourself, or order and pay for a box lunch.  You can pick up your box lunch when you arrive and eat it discreetly during the program.  Box lunches must be ordered and paid for by February 2.

Weather Advisory: In case of severe weather, the conference will be canceled only if the streets and venues are closed.  If in doubt, call 317-797-5892 the morning of the conference. 

Be aware!!

Be informed!!

Be active!!

Attend Indiana Civic Day!!

To make sure that you are aware and informed about issues in Indiana so that you can be active in promoting your point of view, attend Indiana Civic Day on February 7 2015.  This year we will focus on Advocating for Justice. See the schedule for the day below.

We will also be discussing current bills in the Indiana General Assembly and encouraging you to visit with your legislators during the following week. 

Participation will be limited to the first 150 people who register.  Don't delay. Register today to attend this important conference.  


Location: Indiana State House, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis.

We will be running on a extremely tight time schedule.  Please arrive on time.

10:45-11:00 am--Pick up your name tag which is your ticket for the day and your box lunch if you ordered one.

10:55 am—Welcome—Reba Boyd Wooden, Executive Director, Center for Inquiry|Indiana

11:00--Ron Lindsay, President and CEO of Center for InquiryThe Guarantee of Religious Liberty: A Shield, Not a Sword.

11:40--Sarah Jones, Communications Associate, Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Church/State Separation and Social Justice.

12:20--Megan Robertson, Campaign Manager, Freedom Indiana. Freedom Indiana: Defeating HJR 3.

1:00--Betty Cockrum, CEO, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. Our Bodies, Ourselves--Take Nothing for Granted.

1:40--Jane Henegar, Executive Director of  American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana(ACLU-IN).Our Stands for Justice Require Endurance and Speed.

3:00—Reception at Center for Inquiry-Indiana, 350 Canal Walk, Suite A. (Free but must make reservation by February 2.)


Post Conference Activities

There will be a reception at CFI|Indiana beginning at 3:00 pm.  No charge but reservationrequired.

Thursday, February 12, 10:00 am.  Meet at CFI-Indiana and go to the State House to talk with your legislator.   (Optional: for those who can come)

Speaker Biographies

rebaReba Boyd Wooden is Executive Director of Center for Inquiry Indiana. She started Humanist Friendship Group of Central Indiana in 1999 which became Center for Inquiry Community of Indiana in 2005. On April 1, 2007, Center for Inquiry Indiana opened on the Indianapolis downtown canal walk at 350 Canal Walk, Suite A. Reba has a BA from University of Indianapolis with a major in Social Studies Education and a minor in Business Education, an MS from Butler University in History/Education, and an MS in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University. She retired after 37 years in public education in 2005. She spent her last 13 years as a high school guidance counselor and the previous years in the classroom. She has two children and seven grandchildren. She has officially hiked 8,000+ miles with Indianapolis Hiking Club. She writes the blog, Freethought from the Heartland.

Person-CFI-Lindsay-Ronald.jpgRonald A. Lindsay, J.D., Ph.D. is president & CEO of the Center for Inquiry. He is by training and experience both a lawyer and a philosopher. An honors graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he practiced for twenty-six years with the national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP prior to joining the Center for Inquiry, where he has been president and CEO since June 2008. Ron received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, specializing in bioethics. He has had articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and The American Journal of Bioethics. His first book, Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and
 was published by Prometheus Books in June 2008. He is also the author of the entry on “Euthanasia” for the prestigious International
Encyclopedia of Ethics
 (Wiley Blackwell 2013). In discussing issues of concern to the secular community, he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, HuffPost Live, and numerous local television and radio stations, and he has provided commentary to the Washington Post, the New York Times, and many other newspapers and magazines.

He will be discussing his new book, The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What To D0, on Sunday, February 8 at 6:00 pm at Center for
Inquiry-Indiana, 350 Canal Walk, Suite A, Indianapolis. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Sarah JonesSarah Jones is Communications Associate at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Prior to joining AU, Sarah volunteered for Femin Ijtihad, where she researched Islamic law and women’s rights, and interned with
the Three Faiths Forum in London, England. Her coverage and analysis of world political and religious news has been published in the Guardian, Religion News Service, OnFaith and others. She has also been profiled in The New York Times for her church/state activism. She holds a Master of Arts in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Bible from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. She has also presented original research in religious movements and postcolonial theory at the London School of Economics and Florida Atlantic University. Sarah is originally from Bristol, VA. New York Times: Taking on Hobby Lobby After a Religious Past.


Megan RobertsonMegan Robertson is a veteran political campaign operative who has been active in Indiana politics over the last decade. Most recently, Robertson served as the Campaign Manager for Freedom Indiana, a statewide bipartisan coalition that derailed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions as its supporters sought to pass it through the state legislature to send it to a ballot referendum.  

Prior to the Freedom Indiana effort, Megan managed Luke Messer’s Congressional campaign, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s re-election campaign and served as the Political Director for Senator Dan Coats’ general election campaign. All three were winning campaigns.

In 2014, Megan was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal's Forty Under 40 and ranked 7th in the Howey Political Report’s Top 50 Most Influential People in Indiana Politics. 

Megan is a graduate of Anderson University and an avid fan of the Chicago Bears.  

Betty Cockrum PPIN.jpgBetty Cockrum became President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) in July 2002 which was the fifth largest affiliate of 85 nationwide, serving more than 79,000 patients. In 2013, PPIN merged with Planned Parenthood of Kentucky and became Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK). Betty is President and CEO of PPINK.

Prior to joining Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Betty served nearly three decades in public service. Her last tour of duty was as State Budget Director. Positions prior to that include Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Administration, Director of Financial and Administrative Services with the Indiana Department of Commerce, and Bloomington 
City Controller.

Jane HenegarJane Henegar is Executive Director of the ACLU of Indiana. Prior to her service at the ACLU she was a deputy mayor of Indianapolis from 2000 to 2006. Henegar has held various positions in government, including state director in the office of Senator Evan Bayh, deputy commissioner and general counsel in the Indiana Department of
Administration, executive posts at the Family and Social Services
Administration and judicial law clerk for the Hon. Thomas Reavley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Henegar has taught political science and led the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Project Citizen to teach civics to K-12 students in Indiana. Born and raised in Bloomington, she is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.

ACLU-IN has won cases for marriage equality and for reproductive rights as well as Center for Inquiry's case which won the right for CFI Certified Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages in Indiana. 


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About CFI Indiana

For more information about these programs and more and to sign up to receive a full CFI Indiana newsletter, email or call 317-423-0710.

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