The Vancouver Coalition of Reason is made up of atheist, freethought, skeptic, and humanist groups working together in the Vancouver area. Our twin goals are to foster a sense of community among the like minded and raise public awareness that people who don’t believe in a god or gods can be decent citizens who contribute to the larger society.
So, if you are of a secular mind, you aren’t alone. Thousands of your friends and neighbours in this area think and feel as you do. And there are local groups that advance your views and welcome your participation! This website will help you find events to attend, activities in which to participate, people with whom to socialize, and groups to join.
After all, like everyone else, we benefit from a supportive community for friendship, learning, social service, and activism. Moreover, atheists and agnostics make up a significant portion of the population, both nationally and globally, outnumbering most religious and other minorities combined. For example, a 2008 survey by Harris-Decima reports that as many as one-in-four Canadians do not believe in God, with as many as 36% of those under 25 professing their disbelief. This places us as one of the largest minorities in Canada. Yet we don’t enjoy the benefits of our numbers because we aren’t well organized. This coalition is here to change that.
To the traditional religious community we want to say that, although we non-theists are without a belief in the supernatural, we do share the compassionate human values that most people embrace. As hard working, tax-paying, ethical citizens, we care deeply about our families, our communities, our province, our nation, and the world.
The BC Humanist Association has provided a community for secular humanists, atheists, and freethinkers in Vancouver for over 25 years. The group meets every Sunday at the Oakridge Senior’s Centre for socializing and a stimulating discussion. Special lectures and social events are also held.
The BCHA is also in the process of starting a Humanist Officiant program for BC which will provide officiants for weddings, memorial services, baby namings, and other passage of life ceremonies.
CFI Vancouver is the local branch of Centre for Inquiry Canada, a national charity that promotes reason, science, secularism and freedom of inquiry in every human endeavour. CFI Vancouver hosts monthly lectures, Cafe Inquiry discussion groups, a Freethinkers book club, blood drives, charity events, and special guests. In the past CFI Vancouver has hosted PZ Myers, Lawrence Krauss, and Christopher diCarlo.
Radio Freethinker is a radio show on CiTR 101.9 FM broadcasting from UBC in Vancouver, Canada. They promote skepticism, science, critical thinking, and civil liberties.
The SFU Skeptics represent skeptics, atheists, and humanists at Simon Fraser University. They meet regularly during the semester and host lectures and socials. Past speakers have included Jen McCreight and Greta Christina. The SFU Skeptics are infamous for hosting a "There’s probably no god, now stop worrying and enjoy your life" banner on campus.
The UBC Freethinkers Club was founded in 2008 by students looking for a club that provided an alternative to religious and spiritual world-views. The club promotes a secular, humanist, and rationalistic world view by providing an educational basis for these viewpoints and by providing a community of similar-minded individuals.
Always a good time, Skeptics in the Pub is an informal social meetup that happens three times a month. The first Wednesday of the month is Skeptics in the Pub Kitsilano which meets at the Billy Bishop Legion. Skeptics in the Pub Downtown meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Railway Club in the back bar. Finally, the fourth Thursday of the month is Skeptics in the Pub Richmond, which meets at Legends Pub.