Connecting More Humanists
The past few weeks have brought a lot of exciting new connections among Humanists and other secular people. People are discovering that we have a Humanist Community, and we’re finding more people who want to live wisely beyond belief. Still, there are lots more Humanists to find.
For example, during Comfest, many people stopped at the Humanist Community booth. Some were surprised to find that we have a group for Humanists, and over 100 people signed up to be on our email list of activities.
During Columbus’s Pride March, we spotted people holding signs that said, “Gaytheist” and got them information about the Humanist Community.
While in Toronto on Canada Day, I was surprised to find people in the Pride parade carrying an “Atheist Pride: Freedom, Reason, Equality” banner and joined their Center for Inquiry group for a fun dinner after the parade. One of them had lived in Columbus but didn’t know about the Humanist Community.
At the Secular Student Alliance conference, several people from Columbus said they did not know there are groups in Columbus and now cannot wait to get involved.
While running this week, I noticed a car with atheist bumper stickers. The car was parked by a house, and the house had a sign saying, “I survived organized religion.” It looks like I better make sure that neighbor knows about the Humanist Community too.
People who don’t believe in God appreciate knowing that they are not alone. It’s fun to get together with others who want to live wisely beyond belief. We share common concerns and values. We want to fight hatred and ignorance and to base decisions on facts and love. We talk about our common concerns and find different strategies for living with reasonableness and compassion.
The Humanist Community teaches Humanism and builds community. To all who’ve been involved in the past few weeks, it’s easy to see we need to get the information out and build more community.