The Regional Atheist Picnic 2012 sponsored by Mid Ohio Atheists is coming up this Sunday, July 15th at 11 AM.. That is only part of the good news. The other part is that JT Eberhard, a well known atheist organizer, blogger, speaker, and debater, will be speaking at the picnic about building communities and networking for nonbelievers. He has promised to stick around for the rest of the picnic too.
One other new thing we are going to try this year is to invite the public to come and meet some atheists. In the press release I sent out last week I also made it clear that this is an invitation to meet us, not debate or argue. I’m sure our invited guests will be on their best behavior, but if not, any situation that gets out of control will be quickly handled.
This goes to our mission of being an educational organization. We hope to educate the public that atheists are people too, that we don’t have horns. That when we bring our kids to a picnic, they are not there to be part of the menu. 😉
Here is the press release about the picnic-
Public invited to Regional Atheist Picnic
Atheists hold Contest to benefit Homeless Shelter
Mansfield, OH, July 2, 2012: Mid Ohio Atheists (MOA) has announced they are sponsoring a Regional Atheist Picnic which will be held on July 15th at the Mohican State Park near Loudonville. MOA president Ron Stephens said the event will be held at the picnic area by the covered bridge at 11:00 AM. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to come out and meet area atheists.
MOA asks the public to remember that while the public is encouraged to attend and meet their members, this is not the setting for arguments or debates. The picnic is intended as a family event for atheists, freethinkers, and nonbelievers, and a chance for local religious leaders and believers to come out and see that nonbelievers are not much different than believers.
The picnic will include a contest to benefit Harmony House, a homeless shelter in Mansfield. The contest will be judged on who brings the most toilet paper, trash bags, and paper towels for donation to Harmony House. These items are the ones most people don’t think to donate but are some of the things that are greatly needed. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place.
Secular Student Alliance campus organizer JT Eberhard, who is well known in the atheist and freethinker community as a blogger, speaker, and debater, will be speaking to attendees about community building and networking for nonbelievers. There will also be several activities for children and adults, including corn hole, volleyball and ladder ball.
Members of many surrounding groups such as the Cleveland Freethinkers, Cleveland Skeptics, Great Lakes Atheists, Recovering from Religion Toledo Chapter, and Humanist Community of Central Ohio will be in attendance at the picnic.
Mid Ohio Atheists is actively building an atheist community in the Mansfield area by having social activities for members. Pub nights and movie nights are regularly scheduled events, a Mohican River canoe adventure is being planned for August, and a trip to the Creation Museum will be in September.
The group can be reached at email@example.com or their website at midohioatheists.org
The original blog entry where you can get more information on what to bring is HERE.
Don’t forget the contest, the proceeds of which go to help local homeless families who certainly need a helping hand.
I also want to emphasize that this year we have a nearby shelter reserved in case of rain. So, come rain or shine, the picnic will go on.