A few months ago a blog post on Patheos declared atheism and atheists are boring and bland.
On his blog Camels with Hammers, Dan Finke has an excellent post in reply.
Dear Friends* & Members,
We need your help! As the end of the year draws near we are behind in our required yearly goal for donations to the organization. We understand times are tight, but every donation helps us get to our $5,000 goal. This fund is what goes towards all of our educational events we hold each year, the yearly regional picnic, and projects like the billboard campaign. We are working towards our goal to be able to get another set of billboards, as well as another Darwin Day event in the first quarter of 2014.
So, how can you help?
Here’s the great news, all donations (up to $500 total) made now through December 31, 2013 will be matched by Brad & Candice! So, your $20 to the group really means $40, your $100 is $200 for Mid Ohio Atheists, Inc! We are currently about $1,000 behind to meet our goal. This goal is completely attainable with the generosity of the matching offer until the end of December . No amount is too small and every dollar counts. This is a very important undertaking for us to be able to continue to get our name out to the public, help educate our community, and to show a growing secular presence in the area.
If you would like to donate please contact Ron Stephens at email@example.com or Marisa Hills at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to participate and make a difference. Donations will also be accepted at our upcoming Atheist in the Pub event on December 7, 2013 at Old Bag of Nails, our Board Meeting on December 15th at the Ocean Buffet, and at our Winter Solstice Party** on December 21, 2013, held at Brad and Candice’s home.
We appreciate those who continue to support our initiatives throughout the year and we Thank You in advance for your support!
*Note to friends of Mid Ohio Atheists Inc., since only members can donate, the minimum donation for friends is the amount for annual dues for membership. This is currently $10 for student/senior, $20 for regular, & $25 for family . But, even this money will be matched (up to $500 total) and counts toward the annual goal. This is your chance to become a member of Mid Ohio Atheists Inc. and have your dues and donation doubled.
**Winter Solstice Party donations beyond the usual $5.00 required will be doubled.
On Sunday, July 21, 2013 we held our 5th Annual Mid Ohio Regional Atheist Picnic. We gathered at Mohican State Park at the North Park Shelter. This location was not only secluded, but beautiful and scenic. We had fantastic weather, no rain and sunshine all day long. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to spend with our friends from all over Ohio.
Officially, we had 59 attendees for this year’s event. We had guests visit locally from Mansfield, Ashland, the Columbus area, Kent, Toledo, Oberlin, Marion, and the Cleveland area. We were so happy to be able to spend the day with everyone and have great conversations, gather donations for our charity drive, and enjoy meeting our line up of speakers. Thank you all for traveling to meet with us again this year! .
Our charity drive was extremely successful this year. We had a contest based on who could donate the most toilet paper, paper towels, or trash bags to our local homeless shelter, Harmony House. These are items they often run low on and people don’t think to donate to them. We estimate we gathered over $500 in products for Harmony House! First prize was donated by Barb William’s group, Great Lakes Atheists, from Toledo. It was one Free admission to their upcoming convention August 16th through 18th. Second prize included Jerry DeWitt’s new book, “Hope Beyond Faith”, a Mid Ohio Atheist t-shirt, pens, buttons, and other items to show our appreciation. This is just one example of how important being involved with local charity is for our community. Little by little ,we are showing people that Atheists are compassionate and care about local issues and global issues. We want make the world a better place for everyone.
This year’s other highlight was our line up of speakers. We were very proud that they wanted to spend their afternoon with us and speak on some great topics for the crowd. Speakers began at 2:00 pm. We welcomed Dan Demura from the Columbus area. Dan is a former pastor, he is part of the Clergy Project, group facilitator for the Columbus Chapter of Recovering from Religion, and is currently working on a book called “Discussions of Doubt” which also has a Facebook page. Dan spoke about “Life Beyond Faith”. We then heard from Rachel Johnson, student at Kent State University, blogger (Godless Vagina), podcaster (The Pink Atheist), and writer for a the new Atheist magazine, The Celestial Teapot. She spoke on the very important topic of “Atheist Activism”. Douglas Whaley was up next with a wonderful speech about “What atheism can learn from the LGBT movement”, Doug is a long time LGBT activist, OSU professor emeritus, lawyer, and author of “Imaginary Friend”.
Finally, the director for American Atheist Press, Frank Zindler spoke about “Why only atheists can save the world.” Everyone had such great insights to share with us all and everyone enjoyed hearing from them. We found our speakers inspiring and one of the biggest takeaways from each speech was “Speak up!” Speak out for our cause, let people know who atheists really are, and that we are NOT going away. We are changing the world everyday, one cause at a time. Be brave and be who you are!
In closing, we would like to thank everyone who helped plan the event this year. We had such enthusiasm about the picnic. Everyone who attended planning meetings, set up, tore down, and everything in between, you made this a successful, fun, and entertaining event. I know personally I’m already looking forward to next year and I’m planning it in my head! We hope that this event continues to grow and we get our name out there. We aren’t going anywhere and the best of Mid Ohio Atheists and their friends is yet to come.
~ Marisa Hills, MOA Event Coordinator
Just two days to go until the Regional Atheist Picnic this Sunday at the Mohican State Park starting at noon.
The forecast looks favorable with the high temperature of 81 degrees and only a slight chance of rain.
We are going to have five speakers (all Ohioans)- Frank Zindler, Rachel Johnson, Dan DeMurra, Douglas Whaley, & Shauna Strand Sowga. I know they will all have informative, and interesting things to say. See this post for their topics.
I hope to see you all there, I’m sure we will have a great time!
See the original post for more details.
American Atheists is set to put on display the first atheist monument ever on public property. The ironic thing is that god gets the credit. Read more about it here.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
We have two meetups coming this weekend I’d like to tell you about and encourage you to attend.
First is the Adopt a Highway Cleanup on Saturday morning. We’ll meet at the usual location, the Ohio State Patrol post on Main St. near the I-71 & St Rt 13 interchange. The pickup will start at 7:30. If we get enough people the pickup should go pretty fast, the last time it only took us about two hours.
For those who want, we’ll meet at the nearby McDonald’s for breakfast at 6:30 AM.
The second event this Saturday is the Fire Pit meetup at Brad and Candice’s home in Mansfield near Middle Bellville Rd. This is the second time for this event and I highly recommend it as the first one was so much fun. This month we’ve decided to ask members to bring their favorite desert to share with everyone. All other food items will be provided. There is a $5 per person charge to pay for the food. Any money left over will be donated to the group. Alcohol is not provided but is allowed; just bring your own favorite adult beverage. Also, if you are able, please bring nonperishable food items to be donated to Harmony House. They have a limited number of chairs so bring extra camping chairs if you have them.