Meet us at these Festivals Spring 2019

The Fresh Perspective Podcast - Episode 4

How’s it going everyone? I’m Nick and you are listening to the Fresh Perspective Podcast.

Today, I have some news and announcements about the upload schedule for this podcast as well as some exciting events coming up for our Utah Valley group where you can meet us in person!

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Our first announcement covers our updated upload schedule.

Rather than uploading one episode per day, we will, starting tomorrow, bring you one episode of the Fresh Perspective Podcast every-other day, or 3-4 times a week, for the foreseeable future. We wanted to take some of our production time and dedicate more of it to research. Hopefully that will ensure that the information in our episodes can continue to meet a high standard.

At this stage, our podcast, social media pages, and even our tabling at city festivals are all intended to let people know about our organization. Hopefully, soon, this will lead to our flagship group growing so large that it can split into other groups across the state of Utah. Wouldn’t it be awesome one day, to find a Free Thought forum in Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, and beyond? That is our long-term goal, and if you are listening to this podcast, you too are playing a role in that ambitious vision.

Moving onto other news, I am excited to announce that our podcast is now on Apple News!

For those who like getting awesome information on their iPhones, iPads, or other apple products, be sure to pay a visit to our news channel: the fresh perspective. A link to our apple news page can be found on our website. Simply visit then click on the “blog” link at the top.

For all of you who live in the Provo, Utah area, I have some exciting news from our Utah Valley group.

The 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival is coming to the shores of Utah Lake, and the Free Thought Forum will be there to invite the public to learn about our new group! Come pay our executive board a visit, enter to win thought-provoking-prizes, bring some cash for some of the other local vendors, and set your lantern adrift as part of a tradition from half a world away!

The Water Festival will take place on Saturday, May 18th at 5:30 pm at the Lindon Marina in Vineyard Utah, near Orem. The official website for the event is, and here is a quote from there about what to expect:

“At 1000 Lights Lantern Festival, we are about producing lasting memories and times for families, friends, and communities to connect. Bring your favorite lounging items, games, whatever you like! We will provide food trucks, live entertainment, games, and best of all, a magical array of sparkling lights.”

Personally, I think setting hundreds of lanterns adrift can be an awesome spectacle and calls back to several traditions I know of in Hinduism and Buddhism. Except, this event seems to be completely secular, so that anyone can participate. And that is something I can really get behind.

We have applied also to have a booth at Springville’s Art City Day’s festival in early June. If they approve our application, then we will definitely add more information about that event on the website.

The Utah Valley Free Thought Forum has been invited to the Fire and Ice Festival at the Iceland Days event on June 21st and 22nd at the Spanish Fork City Park on Center Street and Main Street! Bring an appetite and some cash to support local vendors. We will still have plenty of prizes to give away, and will be happy to answer any questions you have about our vision, groups, plans for the future, and so forth.

Here is information about the Fire and Ice Festival from their official Facebook event:

“We are excited for Iceland Days 2019! It just gets bigger every year! Come learn about and celebrate Iceland and honor the Icelanders who settled in Spanish Fork, the oldest Icelandic settlement in North America. Whether you have Icelandic ancestry or are simply curious about the beautiful country of Iceland, this event is for you!”

Those are all the announcements I have for you today. The best way to keep up to date on each group’s events is by checking their specific group page on our website. I hope we can see many of you at these festivals, and for those who are outside the Utah Valley area, I hope you will be seeing other Free Thought Forum group leaders with a booth at your festivals some day soon.


Written By Nicholas Burk, Executive Board Member © 2019 Free Thought Initiative

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