Dare to Care Conference


Welcome to the Saved by Science & Humanism: Dare to Care regional conference presented by Greater Richmond Humanists with support from its parent organizations – Washington Area Secular Humanists and the American Humanist Association.

Our country stands at a curious inflection point, with religious zealots perched in some of the highest offices even as the allure of fundamentalism crumbles, and where scientific illiteracy and denialism echo through the halls of power, despite that science and reason offer the only compass by which we may yet mitigate the damage of climate change and navigate such civilizational dangers as lie on our horizon. Then there’s our perverse march backward in history, with the gutting of voting rights, a renewed assault on women, a brazen antipathy toward marginalized communities, and the stripping away of human dignity in the name of tribalism, nativism, hatred and fear. If you are disturbed by these trends and would like to alter our course, this conference is for you!

So please mark your calendars and join an inspiring collection of activists, authors, educators, and secular leaders in Richmond, Virginia for a conference that will focus on:

  • science broadly defined – with a particular emphasis on evolution, climate change, and the foundational role critical thinking plays in helping us understand reality, identify potential problems, and make wise decisions
  • humanitarian principles – with an examination of the inequitable conditions faced by marginalized communities; an inclination to proactively address big picture problems that reach beyond our own narrow interests; and a full-throated embrace of secular ethics
  • civic activism and political engagement – which allow us to channel comprehension and concern into beneficial social reform

Anchored by the directors and founders of major secular organizations; by secular individuals who’ve sought public office and by grassroots organizers with the passion and expertise to change how we do politics; by proponents of science, secularism, and expanding the pool of people we care about, this conference gives us the opportunity to put Richmond on the map as a hub for Humanist activity.

 Lunch and dinner options will be available for purchase ahead of time, for your convenience. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own packed meals.

Note, the conference will take place at two separate venues:

Saturday Venue
First Unitarian Universalist Church
1000 Blanton Ave.
Richmond, VA 23221


Sunday Venue
Diversity Richmond
1407 Sherwood Ave.
Richmond, VA 23220


Hotel Information
Hyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum
201 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236

We have secured a room rate of $109 per night.

By Phone:
You can reserve by calling the hotel directly at (804) 560-1566 ext. 0. The group block is reserved under “Saved by Science and Humanism” and is available from April 12-14.

Sponsorship Information

If you, your nonprofit or business would like to sponsor this event and support bringing great speakers to this event, please contact us at daretocare@wash.org

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