Columbus CoR Member Groups
Atheist Membership for Equitable Nominations (AMEN)
Web site: amenactivist.com
E mail: [email protected]
Atheist Membership for Equitable Nominations (AMEN), founded in the Fall of 2018, will work toward the acceptance of atheists and nonreligious persons into society and government, holding our representatives accountable to our growing demographic. AMEN holds that:
- Atheists and religious nones should be accepted into every social and political arena without having their morals or humanity called into question.
- Every local or federal electoral candidate should take the freedoms, requirements, and worldviews of atheist Americans into account.
- Atheists should be able to run openly for government without it affecting their chances of winning.
We welcome all political leanings, genders, orientations, races, and worldviews. If you are an atheist committed to bringing about nonreligious equity to American politics, you are part of the family!
Atheists of Columbus (AoC)
Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT)
Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) is dedicated to Volunteering and Outreach in the central Ohio area. The projects that we take on are those that help the world around us and positively affect the lives and reputations of atheists and other non-believers. We meet on 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings of each month to discuss upcoming projects and a pre-announced topic. We want to help develop and support the local atheist/non-theist community, discuss secular viewpoints, encourage a positive atheist/non-theist culture, and provide opportunities for socializing and friendship. COUNT operates a Facebook group to promote discussions among members and visitors.
Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA)
In Central Ohio, there are groups for being LGBTIQA and groups for being a nonbeliever, but not one for being both. Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA) is a group for LGBTIQA who are nonbelievers; note the ‘A’ indicates straight allies are welcome. The group tackles issues of being gay and atheist in our personal lives and the Midwest. The format is that of a support group that features a discussion mainly because many of us have not one, but two skeletons in the closet which can make things a lot worse in our own personal lives. The group incorporates a social aspect following the discussion portion of the meeting so members are able to get to know one another. We meet one Saturday each month.
The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO)
The Humanist Community of Central Ohio is a community which values people, emphasizes reason, and focuses on this world. We bring together Humanists and other nontheists across Central Ohio through service projects, social events, education and outreach. Our recurring events include: lecture & discussion meetings, book club, family events, picnics, blood donations, dinner socials, and secular holiday celebrations. We also have Humanist Celebrants available for weddings, memorial services, and other life-cycle ceremonies.
Humanist Jewish Chavurah of Columbus (HJCC)
HJCC is a local, emerging community newly founded in April, 2009. Our guiding philosophy is rooted in Humanistic Judaism. Our mission is to provide Jews and non-Jews an environment and community through which they can learn about Humanistic Judaism. We combine the celebration of Jewish culture, holidays and Jewish identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas without reference to a deity. Membership is open to all who are interested in Humanistic Judaism, Jew and non-Jew alike; we welcome families.
Mid Ohio Atheists Inc. (MOA)
Mid Ohio Atheists Incorporated is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of like minded people in the Mansfield area. We are committed to supporting atheists and secular individuals by providing opportunities for educational involvement with the community, socializing and friendship, promoting secular viewpoints, encouraging a positive atheist culture, defending the separation of church and state, supporting the civil rights of atheists, and affiliating with other organizations in pursuit of common goals. We are involved in donating time, money, and supplies to several worthwhile groups including Harmony House, The Domestic Violence Shelter, The Humane Society of Richland County, and the Adopt a Highway program. Our social events include monthly meetings, pub nights, fire pit nights, regional summer picnic and fundraiser, and educational events. Please check our website and social media outlets for upcoming events. Most meetings are open to the general public as long as you are respectful towards atheists.
Omnipresent Atheists (OA)
Vision: a Central Ohio that accepts atheism as a viable alternative in all areas of public and private life.
Mission: grow, support, and provide community for atheists in Central Ohio.
Social meetings held most Tuesdays at a local pub/restaurant at 7:00 PM (and often into the wee hours). Attendees call themselves agnostics, skeptics, humanists, non-theists, deists or even theists. All attendees are welcome but should support our vision.
Atheists of Columbus (AoC) merged with OA in 2018 but retains its separate AoC Facebook group and may occasionally hold events using the Atheists of Columbus name.
Recovering From Religion Columbus Chapter (RR)
Recovering From Religion Columbus Chapter is a support group encouraging and supporting your journey as you consider the possibility of a life free from faith. Don’t let people convince you that you just didn’t have ‘enough’ faith, or that you just haven’t found the “right” religion. The goal of Recovering from Religion is to help you work through those claims and assure you that YOU are not crazy for no longer believing. Our Columbus chapter is affiliated with the national organization at recoveringfromreligion.org. Join us for our midweek ‘Life After Belief’ group..
UU Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists (ASH)
Web site: firstuucolumbus.org/our-community/adult-enrichment-courses/community-life-menu/186-atheistagnostic-circle
E mail: [email protected]
This group meets at 7:00 PM on the 4th Tuesday evenings of most months at the First Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Columbus, 93 West Weisheimer Rd. No registration is required to attend the monthly discussion forum that focuses on topics of interest to atheists and agnostics within the community.
Columbus CoR Student Member Groups
OWU (Ohio Wesleyan University) Freethinkers
Secular Student Alliance at The Ohio State University
The Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at The Ohio State University (an affiliate of the national SSA organization) is dedicated to promoting and practicing the open, rational, and scientific examination of the universe and our place in it. We also seek to demonstrate, by argument and action, that it is possible to lead a good and meaningful life without religion, and that ethics and morality can be meaningfully based on rational and humanistic ideals and values.