We were privileged to hear from Dr. Darrel W. Ray this morning in Sedona. I understand it was his first visit to Sedona. No doubt, he will be back. Sedona has a way of growing on people.
He didn't come to take part in any of the "wooo, wooo" so prevalent there (vortexes, auras, psychic readings, channeling, etc.). Instead, he lectured for about an hour and a half on the subject of his book, The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture, followed by a question and answer period.
The Sedona, Verde Valley Secular Freethinkers sponsored the lecture which was well attended by people from the local area as well as visitors from Flagstaff and Prescott. Several visitors expressed an interest in becoming associated with our group.
I bought my own autographed copy of his book and plan to buy his new offering just recently off the presses in 2011: Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality.
Wikipedia has a quick rundown on Dr. Ray, his background, education, etc.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrel_Ray
That's all. I have a bit of reading to do.