Season of Reason – Winter 2018/9

Adaptive Sports Connection and COUNT logos with motto: Boundless Courage - Let's Unleash It Together

Happy Holidays with Columbus CoR!

AMEN Mixer

Atheist Membership for Equitable Nominations (AMEN), an activist group and the newest addition to the Columbus Coalition of Reason, is having a social event on 12/12. The topic is Grilled Jesus: Debating Religion Over Grilled Cheese. For details, see the meetup event.

Van Buren Dr Shelter

Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) and the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO), both Gold/level 3 teams for 2016, 2017 and 2018, and the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at The Ohio State University (OSU), 2017 Heart of Humanism Campus All-Star Award winner, have together worked 934 hours at the Van Buren Dr. homeless shelter since January 2015.

On the second or third Tuesday of each month volunteers help serve dinner and clean-up. The Van Buren Drive shelter has changed the hours that we volunteer slightly to 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Omnipresent Atheists (OA) welcomes volunteers afterwards for socializing at their regular Tuesday meeting currently at King Avenue 5 (945 King Ave). 85 participants from Columbus CoR groups have worked at 50 events held January, 2015 through mid-November, 2018. 17 have worked there at least five times and have been designated as “Handful” volunteers. RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for the December 18th (3rd Tuesday), January 8th (2nd Tuesday), February 12 (2nd Tuesday), and March 12 (2nd Tuesday) events.


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. 78 life-saving units were collected from 15 Columbus CoR donors from January 2017 to date.
RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for January 17th and/or March 21st. Note: If you donate on a different day, please RSVP on Meetup and add a note stating the date and number of units and we will include your donation in our report.

Adaptive Winter Sports

The Adaptive Sports Connection (ASC) is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA that helps veterans, children, and adults who need adaptive equipment or instruction to participate in sports. COUNT is piloting working with ASC having participated in two Veteran Bike Rides last Fall. As a COUNT Winter Sports volunteer, even without much downhill experience, you can assist with skiing and snowboarding lessons this winter and get free equipment rental and lift pass. ASC encourages volunteers to attend one day of “on-hill” training and then help on Saturdays January – mid-March. Lessons are over by 3 PM and volunteers are free to ski on their own until the lifts close at 9 PM. You can choose one of two on-hill training days on Saturday December 15th or Saturday December 29th at Snow Trails near Mansfield.

Not Celebrating Xmas

Dawn Owar is hosting a Gathering of People not Celebrating Xmas for the 10th 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 The Oracle in Olde Town East on Monday, December 24 from 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM but RSVP for details and updates. RSVP with COUNT or OA, as they are helping to promote this event.

OA/AoC Celebration

Atheists of Columbus (AoC) has merged with Omnipresent Atheists (OA). There will be an OA and AoC Merger and Holiday Celebration on Thursday, 12/27 at 7:00 PM. All members of Columbus CoR groups are invited to attend. RSVP and join us for a slice of cake and some conversation.

ASH New Year’s Eve Party

The UU Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists (ASH) are again hosting a New Year’s Eve Party and have invited all of the Columbus CoR groups. “We’ll have entertainment maybe a movie and of course our scintillating conversation. (We usually start early, around 7 PM and sometimes don’t last till midnight. Potluck, so plan to bring a pot with some luck in it” says David Jon Krohn, UU ASH Chair. This event will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus at 93 West Weisheimer Road in Clintonville.
12/17/2018: Start time changed from 8 to 7 PM.

Ronald McDonald House

COUNT continues to help out on 1st Sundays at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House (RMH), the largest in the world. COUNT Winter RMH events are on January 6th, February 3rd and March 3rd first Sunday events. 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. Twenty non-theists have worked 1,295 hours there from May 2013 through December 2018. COUNT RMH volunteer Vicki Young knitted and donated 120 hats to RMH last month.

Science Sundays

Columbus CoR invites all member groups to attend free OSU Science Sundays talks at the Columbus campus at 3:00 PM. Presentations are followed by a reception with complimentary refreshments that offers a chance to speak with the presenter. We may go for a snack or a drink after the reception. Parking is free on Sundays at meters on 13th Avenue across from the Ohio Union.

January 13th will feature Nadya Mason speaking about
Going Through the Quantum Tunnel…. RSVP with OA or COUNT.

March 17th will feature Robert M. Hazen speaking about The Story of Earth: How Life and Rocks Have Co-Evolved. RSVP with OA or COUNT.

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

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