Season of Reason: Winter 2017/8

Pine fronds with cones and cinnamon sticks

Happy Holidays with Columbus CoR!

Winter Solstice Celebration

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) is holding their annual Winter Solstice Celebration on December 9th and you still have time (barely) to RSVP. HCCO will be collecting both winter clothing and non-perishable food again this year at the event.

“We want to see as many of you there as possible, so we want to remind you to buy your tickets before the ticket sales close on Wednesday, December 6th at 11:55PM. Tickets can be purchased here at our website which is also where you can learn more details about the event, food, and clothing donations. Don’t miss out! We have an exciting solstice program to introduce this year and this is a fantastic opportunity to get to know members of your community, board members, and event hosts.”

Van Buren Dr Shelter

Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) and HCCO, both Gold/level 3 Beyond Belief Network (BBN) teams for 2016 and 2017, and the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at The Ohio State University (OSU), September 2017 BBN Team of the Month, have together worked 731 hours at the Van Buren Dr. homeless shelter since January 2015. On the second Tuesday of each month volunteers help serve dinner and clean-up. Sixteen of 77 Columbus CoR volunteers have been recognized as “Handful” volunteers, having worked at least five times at the shelter.

RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for the December 12, January 9 (2nd Tuesday), February 20 (3rd Tuesday) and March 20 (3rd Tuesday) Tuesday events. Omnipresent Atheists (OA) welcomes volunteers afterwards for socializing at their regular Tuesday meeting at Hamptons on King.

1/7/2018: Updated due to schedule conflicts that caused 2018 COUNT/HCCO shelter events being moved to 3rd (instead of 2nd) Tuesdays in February, March, April, June, October and December.

Festivus Solstice Event

OA will be hosting a special meeting for Columbus CoR on Tuesday 12/19 (7 – 9+ PM) at Hampton’s on King. Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA) and COUNT and other Columbus CoR groups are promoting this event. “Come out and Celebrate the Winter Solstice and Festivus with Columbus CoR. It’s a hard time for many atheists, so we’re hoping to provide a nice event for people during this time. It should be a great event for people to escape from families and work events that are overtly religious.” says Avery Winston, Columbus CoR Coordinator & OA Event Host

Not Celebrating Xmas

Dawn Owar is hosting a Gathering of People not Celebrating Xmas for the 9th year. “Those of us who don’t celebrate or aren’t celebrating Christmas need something to do on Christmas Eve!! Traditionally we get together and ‘not celebrate’ all together at one of the local bars. Same deal this year. If you’re Jewish, Atheist, Humanist, or whatever else, don’t sit home feeling sorry for yourself. There’s a place you belong. Invite anyone you know who doesn’t celebrate or isn’t celebrating Christmas this year.” Location is Ace of Cups on Sunday, December 24 from 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM but RSVP for details.

New Years Eve

The Atheist, Skeptics and Humanists (ASH) of the First Unitarian Universalists (UU) of Columbus Ohio invites you to join them for a New Years Eve Early Party Special:
“It’s a bit fluid right now, something like an aerated sand bed, but there will be an update [or two] as we get to firmer ground. In the meantime, think of what you might like to bring for sharing with the group. You may expect a video or two, songs or music. We will have fun tho, regardless. You are welcome to start the evening with us, then get to your other party later, as some or most of us may finish the year elsewhere.” RSVP and check details at the event page

Ronald McDonald House

COUNT will be working at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House on January 7, February 5, and March 4 1st Sunday events. Some COUNT volunteers work the 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM shift and some work the 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM shift. Join us for whichever shift suits you. Members of Columbus CoR groups volunteer via COUNT to serve as Housewarmers, restocking “hotel” rooms and otherwise assisting guests. Volunteers may choose to help at the front desk if they like. Our twentieth volunteer, Amanda J, joined us last month; COUNT volunteers have worked 1,071 hours there from May, 2013 through November 2017. Last month, Vicki Y led an effort to crochet winter hats for Ronald McDonald House guests that resulted in 63 hats being donated.

Secular Summit 6.0

Join Center For Inquiry (CFI) Northeast Ohio for the sixth annual Secular Summit on Tuesday January 16th at the Ohio Statehouse.

“Unhappy with the number of laws restricting women’s rights? Feel like too many laws are infused with religion? Want to feel like more of the civic process? Feel it is time your General Assembly members understand where we are coming from as Secularists? Join us for an day of training, a statehouse tour and speakers! Meet with your State Congress Members during prescheduled appointments to lobby for laws based on science and reason and not religion. Online registration will end at 11:59 PM on Friday, January 12th.”


All Columbus CoR member groups are invited to participate on Third Thursday events every other month. Blood donation at the Red Cross is followed by dinner at a local restaurant. COUNT collects and reports results to Foundation Beyond Belief to publicize non-theist charitable efforts and improve the reputations of humanists and atheists. Thirty four life-saving units were collected from 11 Columbus CoR donors in 2017. RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for January 18th. We will also donate on March 15th and May 17th (third Thursdays every other month).

Brewery Fundraiser

Columbus CoR is holding a Charity/Happy Hour Brewery Fundraiser on February 21 from 5 – 9 PM at Land Grant Brewing, 424 W Town St. RSVP on Facebook or Meetup with COUNT, COGA or OA.

“We are partnering up with Land Grant, who has hosted us for charity events in the past, to collect food and raise money for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. It’s a great opportunity and it makes us feel great that they choose to work with us. We’re hoping for a great turnout and great results. Please come out for great local beer and help support a great Central Ohio charity” says Avery Winston, Columbus CoR Coordinator.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank will benefit from 20% of all taproom Land-Grant Beer sales as well as from canned goods/non-perishables collected at the event. Columbus CoR groups have collected a total of 1,774 lbs of food and $14,145.46 for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank from 2012 – 2017.

HCCO, COUNT, COGA, OA, SSA at OSU and UU ASH are members of the Columbus Coalition of Reason.

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