Center for Inquiry


"Those who embrace a secular system want their own views to be expressed by celebrants at marriages."
— Judge Frank Easterbrook

CFI Secular Celebrant Program
Last Monday, July 14, secular Americans celebrated a landmark victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit unanimously ruled that the state of Indiana must allow marriages to be approved by Secular Celebrants, such as those certified by CFI.

"The court has gotten this exactly right," lauded Reba Boyd Wooden, Director of the Secular Celebrant program for CFI and Executive Director of CFI's Indiana branch.

"The secular humanists that I know hold their values as dearly as any religion person, and they deserve to be able to celebrate life's great milestones in a way that reflects those values."

Join us for a new opportunity to become a
CFI Secular Celebrant!

Training Workshop
Friday, August 15, 2014
9:00 AM—5:00 PM

Center for Inquiry
1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14228

CFI Secular Celebrant Training - Register Now!

What is a Secular Celebrant?

Become a CFI Secular Celebrant!As many as 20% of Americans are unaffiliated with any religion, yet our celebrations and ceremonies are dominated by religious leaders and officiants.

CFI created our Secular Celebrant Program to address this problem by training secular people to officiate for nonreligious marriage and commitment ceremonies, funerals and memorials, and other celebrations of the milestones of life.

The demand for secular ceremonies is growing fast, so this is the perfect time to build your skills and get certified.


How can I become a CFI Secular Celebrant?

You can become a certified CFI Secular Celebrant by attending a special training session and meeting a few additional requirements.

Celebrant Training: Friday, August 15, 2014, 9:00AM–5:00PM

Center for Inquiry Headquarters
1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY 14228 

Celebrant Workshop Fee: $75.00 per person (does not include meals)

Celebrant Certification Fee: $49.00 per year (to be paid later — more information about CFI Certification may be found here.)

BONUS: We are very pleased that this celebrant training opportunity will coincide with a one-of-a-kind conference: "Robert Green Ingersoll and the Reform Imperative." (More info below.)

LODGING: If you're joining us from out of town and need to arrive Thursday, you can take advantage of the special Ingersoll Conference room rate at the nearby Doubletree Hotel located at 10 Flint Road in Amherst. Rooms are only $107/night! To reserve a room at the conference rate, call the hotel directly at 716-689-4414 and mention “Ingersoll Conference.” (Sorry, online registration at the conference rate is not available.)

NOTE: Discounted rooms are available only for a limited time. Call today before all the rooms are gone! 716-689-4414

Celebrant training registration deadline is August 1.
Don't be left out — Register early!

CFI Secular Celebrant Training - Register Now!

For more information, visit the CFI Secular Celebrant website or contact Reba Boyd Wooden, Executive Director of CFI–Indiana and Director of the CFI Secular Celebrant Program.


Come for the Celebrant Training...
Stay for a special summer conference:
"Robert Green Ingersoll and the Reform Imperative" 

Ingersoll Conference - August 2014

This Celebrant Training workshop is the perfect prelude to one of the most unique events of the year.

We're celebrating Ingersoll, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, and Matilda Joslyn Gage, the major reformers highlighted along Western New York's Freethought Trail.

After the Celebrant Training, stay the weekend and hear a powerful roster of speakers, including:

Ingersoll Conference Speakers

For more information, including registration, speaker details, and schedule, visit

Ingersoll Conference Speakers

This conference is sponsored by and supported by:

The Council for Secular Humanism, The Freethought Trail, the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum, and the New York Council for the Humanities Speakers in the Humanities Program.

Thank you!

Thank you to our conference sponsors!

The New York Council for the Humanities

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