Comedian Julia Sweeney to speak at CFI Michigan 20th anniversary event on ‘Life, Love and Loss’

Julia Sweeney

Center for Inquiry (CFI) Michigan, welcomes Julia Sweeney, comedian, actress, and author, for a special event celebrating their 20th Anniversary.


Sweeney will share her thoughts on “Life, Love, Loss, and the Importance of Being Openly Secular” on Saturday, Oct 21,  at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Women’s City Club at 254 E. Fulton Street. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at, or at the event (if available, advance purchase is recommended).


CFI Michigan is the largest non-religious community group in the state of Michigan. Twenty years ago, three freethinkers sitting around a campfire founded what was then known as the Freethought Association of West Michigan. In 2007, the Freethought Association joined forces with Center for inquiry to become their Michigan branch, and the group has continued to grow and expand their programming from two meetings a month in Grand Rapids to a robust statewide organization with 4,000 people attending 200 events a year in nine cities throughout Michigan.


Locally, CFI Michigan organizes educational lectures and discussion groups for members and the public, as well as community service and interfaith events, and serves as a community for secular individuals of all kinds including: atheists, secular humanists, agnostics, skeptics, and freethinkers. At the national level Center for Inquiry is a leading advocate for reason, science, humanist values, that engages in issue based advocacy to promote evidence-based public policies, and works to defend the rights of secular individuals throughout the US and around the world through their status as an NGO at the United Nations.


Julia Sweeney is a writer, director, actress, comedian and monologist. After an unforgettable four-year stint as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1990-1995 as the androgynous character “Pat,” Sweeney wrote and performed stirring one-woman shows with themes that included losing one’s faith in “Letting Go of God” and confronting mortality in the critically acclaimed “Gold Said, Ha!.” She is one of America’s most famous former Catholics, and was a featured speaker at the 2016 Reason Rally in Washington, DC., and is known for her outspoken, but gentle style of sympathetic atheism.


More information about CFI-Michigan and their special 20th Anniversary Event is available at