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RAGE BAIT: Finding the Real Story in a World of Half-Truths

On an internet which has weaponized knee-jerk outrage for fun and profit, even self-described skeptics are losing the plot (while often losing their tempers). Seth Andrews brings interesting, amusing, and alarming examples of righteousness gone wrong, with an encouragement that we can all do better.

Our guest speaker will be The Thinking Atheist Seth Andrews. Seth Andrews is a broadcaster, storyteller, author, activist, and public speaker best known as host of the popular website, podcast, and online community, The Thinking Atheist.​ Originally the product of Christian fundamentalism, today Seth is an advocate, not for religion, but for people, and while he - as a storyteller - loves the distraction of supernatural fiction, he ultimately encourages everyone to root their pursuit of the truth in reason and evidence, and to pursue a Personal Relationship With Reality. Seth lives in Oklahoma with his wife Natalie and his unofficial mascots, Linus, Gracie, and Kat. He enjoys movies, sushi (no tentacles), tennis, referencing "Hitchhiker's Guide," casual gaming, 80s music, piano by ear, and constantly flipping his pillow to the cool side.

This Platform will feature music from our Music Director Claire Minnis. Claire (she/her) is an educator, performer, and conductor building musical communities that celebrate all skill and experience levels. She inspires professional and novice singers to excellence with the unified purpose of advocating for issues of justice through innovative programming and community partnerships. If Claire's out of the office and the sun is shining, she is likely gardening, reading poetry, or drinking cocktails on a dog-friendly patio with her husband, Jared, and their very good dog, Samson. Claire is a secular humanist with a passion for seeking beauty in every day.

Learn More & Join Live

Friday, July 12

Tai Chi will not be meeting in July and August, but it will resume meeting in September.

Saturday, July 13

9 a.m.

Ethicyclists July Ride. Forest Park to Stacy Park. Contact: Joe Corrigan

7–9 p.m.

Seth Andrews VS. God: Who is the Better Intelligent Designer? Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by The Skeptical Society of St. Louis. Auditorium.

Sunday, July 14

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Forum. Hospice and End of Life Care. Member Eunice Hiott Blain, M.Div. Hanke Room.

9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Complimentary Childcare (Ages 0–5). Nursery School.

9:45 a.m. to Noon

Open Play (Ages 5 and up). Becker Room.

11 a.m. to Noon

Platform. RAGE BAIT: Finding the Real Story in a World of Half-Truths. Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist podcast host. Music: The Ethical Band. Auditorium.

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Finding Connections Book Club. See below announcement. Butterfly Room.

1–4 p.m.

Humanist Hangout. Social at Biergarten. See Facebook Event for more information or Contact Mandy Sullivan with questions, 314-642-0268.

7–9 p.m.

Creative Writing Night. Contact Blake Marduk at to join. Library.

Monday, July 15

7–8 p.m.

Religious Transition Group. See below announcement. Hanke Room.

Tuesday, July 16

Mindfulness Meditation will not be meeting in July, but it will resume meeting in August.

The Tuesday Women's Association will not be meeting in July, but it will resume meeting in August. Check out the TWA 2024-2025 Calendar.

The Men's Group will not be meeting in July, but it will resume meeting in August.

6–10 p.m.

Murky Mercs and the Funky Bunch. Contact Blake Marduk at to join. Library.

Join Ethical Society of Mid Rivers for a Member Mixer at Firefly Grill

Join us for a Member Mixer on Thursday, July 18, from 5-7 p.m. at Firefly Grill, located at 101 Chesterfield Towne Center. Members from the Ethical Society of St. Louis and the Ethical Society Mid Rivers are invited to join us for food and fun. This is a great opportunity for the two communities to get to know each other better and may open the door to new friendships and collaborations. Please note, you will be responsible for your food and beverage purchases. To RSVP just shoot a quick email to with the number of people in your party.

A Note from Katy

Hi everyone—my name is Katy and I'm the new membership coordinator here! I look forward to connecting with y'all IRL in the next coming weeks, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some info about my professional background and some random things about me.

I have a decade of experience supporting a variety of marketing and business development efforts with a focus in copywriting, graphic design, email marketing, and social media management. I'm currently on the marketing team at Human Animal Support Services (HASS) where I wear many hats in my full-time and remote role, from social media management and graphic design to client services and pr/media.

Before coming to HASS, I served as the marketing and development manager for HASS partner shelter, Gateway Pet Guardians where I co-managed volunteer committees relating to marketing and fundraising initiatives. Since 2019, I have worked in the nonprofit and animal welfare sector where I combine my background in all things creative with my passion for supporting the human-animal bond.

Finish Reading Katy's Note

Connect with us on Discord!

Did you know there is an Ethical Society of St. Louis Discord server? Discord is a communications app that allows users to connect via text, images, and voice or video chat. Join us to discuss common interests, share events and service opportunities, and build connections with fellow community members. Our server is member-led and is not an official communications channel of the Ethical Society. Follow this link to join, or reach out to Christine Politte at with any questions.

Welcome to Our Newest Members

Blake Hindrichs (he/him) is a SoCal transplant learning to love Misery—sorry, Missouri. Despite getting his AA in Communication and being an international debate champion, he makes his money fixing toilets, but hey, it's an honest living. He's a cinephile and storyteller, always eager to chat about your favorite media and what themes and lessons can be drawn from and created in art. He's looking to learn the city better, explore the best hiking trails and parks, and do his part for the community he is now a part of. He first learned of the Ethical Society through the Candlelight Concert advertisements. Having been raised by a devout christian with youth pastors for babysitters, he knows the value of a church community and hopes to find such among people that share his secular values.

Natalie Monzyk (she/her) grew up in rural Missouri, eventually moving to St. Louis for graduate school. She now lives in South City, where you can often find her walking in Tower Grove Park, visiting local coffee shops, or planting entirely too many tomatoes in her garden. A lifelong learner, Natalie is passionate about supporting students and educational professionals and has spent her career working in teaching and administrative roles at local universities. In her free time, she loves reading, cooking, crocheting, kayaking, and hiking with her dog. Natalie first learned about the Ethical Society when attending an author event in the auditorium, and she spent several years lurking in ESSL Facebook groups before finally attending her first platform in 2023. Natalie is excited to join such a welcoming, inquisitive community and looks forward to getting to know other members!  

Member News

Join the Religious Transition Group

Are you a person in religious transition? Find peer support in our weekly meeting at the Ethical Society, at 7 p.m. on Mondays in the Hanke Room. Whether you’re transitioning out of religion or have been out of religion for years, it can help to discuss some of the insights and challenges of this experience. You can also join our Facebook group.

Finding Connections Book Club

The Finding Connections book group will next meet on Sunday, July 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Butterfly room. We will complete our discussion of Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause by Ty Seidule. Read to the end of the book. The next book we will read and discuss is Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women by Kate Manne. Our discussion of this book will be held on the Sundays after July 14. Contact: Alan Easton

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