Upcoming discussion with Pastor Dan Nichols on religious faith, atheism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2013
Media Contacts: Justin Vacula, justinvacula [at] gmail.com
Dan Nichols, dan [at] restoredchurch.org

Pastor and atheist to host open-to-the-public discussion on religious faith, atheism 

Wilkes-Barre – Pastor Dan Nichols of Restored Church and atheist activist Justin Vacula of the NEPA Freethought Society will meet for a friendly two hour open-to-the-public discussion concerning religious faith and atheism on Sunday November 3, 2013 in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Downtown Arts building located at 47 North Franklin Street. The discussion begins at 7:00PM Eastern Time. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Nichols and Vacula will share their personal stories, explain their perspectives pertaining to religious belief, and engage in respectful critical discussion. Audience members will be invited to present questions to both participants following the discussion.

Parking is available across the street. Parking signs will be posted.

Donations are appreciated and will be accepted at the event to help fund the Downtown Arts building.

The event will also be streamed live online and later archived via Vacula’s online radio show — Brave Hero Radio — for those who may not attend.  Online and in-person viewers may also participate in a live chat streaming during the event.

Event attendees may RSVP for and talk about the event through Facebook at tinyurl.com/faithdiscussion.

Dan is a follower of Jesus who has preached to thousands of people across America since becoming a traveling Christian speaker in March 2010. He was officially ordained in September 2011. Dan is currently finishing two master’s degrees from Baptist Bible Graduate School and Baptist Bible Seminary located in Clarks Summit, PA. He is now a full-time church planter whose first church plant Restored Church recently launched in September 2013 in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Dan recently married his best friend Joy and they live in South Wilkes-Barre. Since High School, Dan has aggressively chased answers to questions challenging Christian belief as well as the reasons behind the answers.

Justin Vacula — writer for justinvacula.com — is a public speaker, debater, atheist activist, and an activist for the separation of religion and government who hosts the NEPA Freethought Society Podcast and Brave Hero Radio. He has participated in previous formal debates and has spoken at various conferences and events. Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College. He is currently enrolled in Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program. Justin holds leadership roles as the co-organizer, spokesperson, and a board member of the NEPA Freethought Society.

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Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.