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Ex-Religious Support Network

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The Ex-Religious Support Network (ESN) is a place where people who have left their religion, or are leaving their religion, get an opportunity to develop friendships and tap into resources that will help them on their journey through a life without religion. This network offers an opportunity for members to share the challenges and triumphs of their journey towards unbelief. In this safe environment, members can learn and support others experiencing the same challenges as themselves.

Our regular activities include:

  • informative talks
  • Q&A sessions
  • casual 'getting to know each other' meetings

We host a mix of face-to-face and online events to accommodate wherever you may live.

Your first step to getting involved is to:

  • join our open Facebook group where you can make new friends and join in conversations about leaving religion
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  • join our private Meetup group to get full details about our upcoming events

Make sure you answer the three questions in your request to join. We use these questions to ensure only genuine people join our group.

For enquiries, contact the ESN Facilitator, Les Allan, at esn@vichumanist.org.au

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Events

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ESN Ask Me Any Question: Pantheist
Nov 18, 2021 7:00 PM (GMT+10)
Join us for our third Q&A session finding out about the various non-religious world views and ways of life. This month, we'll explore with our special guest what it means to live the life of a Pantheist.
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ESN Religious Trauma: Identity and Relationships
Nov 3, 2021 6:30 PM (GMT+10)
Join us as we listen to our special guest, professional counsellor Caroline Winzenried, discuss how religious disillusionment can often introduce tension into relationships with friends and family who are still religious.
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ESN Ask Me Any Question: Sentientist
Oct 4, 2021 6:30 PM (GMT+10)
Join us for our second Q&A session finding out about the various non-religious world views and ways of life. This month, we'll explore with our special guest what it means to live the life of a Sentientist.
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ESN Religious Trauma: The Persistence of Purity Culture
Sep 22, 2021 6:30 PM (GMT+10)
Join us as we listen to our special guest, professional counsellor Caroline Winzenried, discuss how "purity culture" can lead to religious trauma.
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ESN Casual get together on Zoom
Sep 8, 2021 6:30 PM (GMT+10)
If you need a friendly face or can provide a receptive ear, join Humanists Australia and Humanists Victoria for our next Ex-Religious Support Network meetup on Zoom.
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ESN Ask Me Any Question: Rationalist
Aug 25, 2021 6:30 PM (GMT+10)
Join us for our first Q&A session finding out about the various non-religious world views and ways of life. This month, we'll explore with our special guest what it means to live the life of a Rationalist.
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ESN Casual Get-together on Zoom
Aug 14, 2021 10:00 AM (GMT+10)
If you need a friendly face or can provide a friendly ear, join Humanists Australia and Humanists Victoria for our next Ex-Religious Support Network meetup on Zoom.
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ESN Casual Get-together at Café
Jul 10, 2021 10:00 AM (GMT+10)
If you need a friendly face or can provide a friendly ear, join Humanists Australia and Humanists Victoria for our next Ex-Religious Support Network meetup at a quite cafe in Melbourne.
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The Hidden Toll of Religious Trauma
Jun 30, 2021 6:30 PM (GMT+10)
Join us as we listen to our special guest, professional counsellor Caroline Winzenried, discuss the unique trauma that many face from their experiences with religion and that is now called 'Religious Trauma Syndrome' (RTS).
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CANCELLED: Casual ESN Get-together at Café
Jun 11, 2021 10:00 AM (GMT+10)
If you need a friendly face or can provide a friendly ear, join Humanists Australia and Humanists Victoria for our next Ex-Religious Support Network meetup at a quite cafe in Melbourne.
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ESN Casual Get-together on Zoom
May 20, 2021 6:30 PM (GMT+10)
If you need a friendly face or can provide a friendly ear, join Humanists Australia and Humanists Victoria for our next Ex-Religious Support Network meetup on Zoom.
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Casual ESN Get-together on Zoom
Apr 5, 2021 6:30 PM (GMT+10)
If you need a friendly face or can provide a friendly ear, join Humanists Australia and Humanists Victoria for our next Ex-Religious Support Network meetup on Zoom.
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ESN Casual Get-together on Zoom
Mar 13, 2021 6:30 PM (GMT+10)
If you need a friendly face or can provide a friendly ear, join Humanists Australia and Humanists Victoria for our next Ex-Religious Support Network meetup on Zoom.
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ESN Casual get together on Zoom
Feb 24, 2021 6:30 PM (GMT+10)
If you need a friendly face or can provide a friendly ear, join Humanists Australia and Humanists Victoria for our next Ex-Religious Support Network meetup on Zoom.

The Ex-Religious Support Network is a community supported by Humanists Australia.

Contact us to find out how to build your own community with support from Humanists Australia.