Season of Reason – Winter 2019/20

Columbus CoR Welcomes BN CBUS!

Black Nonbelievers

On 11/24/2019, a local affiliate group of Black Nonbelievers (BN) was formed and soon after was added as the newest member group of the Columbus Coalition of Reason. Columbus CoR groups accumulated a list of interested persons for over a year to support creation of this group. Black Nonbelievers of Columbus, OH (BN CBUS) now has a Meetup account and is now accumulating members and planning events. The first meeting has been scheduled for December 21st.

The effort was guided by Mandisa Thomas, Founder of the Atlanta group and the national organization. National BN events have been added to the Meetup Calendar, including the Women of Color Beyond Belief 2020 conference in September and the BN SeaCon 2020 cruise and conference in November.

Van Buren Dr Shelter

99 members of Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) and the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO), both Foundation Beyond Belief Gold/level 3 teams for 2016 – 2019, and the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at The Ohio State University (OSU), 2017 Heart of Humanism Campus All-Star Award winner, have together worked 1114 hours at 63 events at the Van Buren Dr. homeless shelter since January 2015. 18 have worked there at least five times and have been designated as “Handful” volunteers.
On the second 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 Marshall’s (1105 1st Ave, Grandview Heights). RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for the December 10th, January 14th, February 11th, and March 10th events.

Winter Solstice Banquet

HCCO is celebrating the Winter Solstice with their annual banquet on December 14th at the Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University. Donations for The Open Shelter will be collected: new travel sized toiletries, gently used or new winter clothes (all ages), and new socks/underwear/undershirts. You can purchase tickets on the website. Dinner is included and there will be a cash bar and after party.

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 completed one year working with ASC on cycling, winter sports, kayaking and sailing and is already involved with training for Winter Sports. 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, although those missing training events can do on-the-job training to catch up. You can choose one or more of three remaining Saturday on-hill training days at Snow Trails near Mansfield on December 14th, 21st and 28th. Volunteers may help with lessons at a Veteran Ski Day on Friday January 31st as well as routinely on Saturdays in January, February and most of March. Lessons are over by 3 PM and volunteers are free to ski on their own until the lifts close at 9 PM. 13 COUNT members have participated in 41 ASC Cycling, Winter Sports, Kayaking and/or Sailing events, contributing 255 hours from August 2018 to date.

OA Winter Solstice Reunion

Omnipresent Atheists (OA) has scheduled Tuesday December 17th as their holiday reunion event and Winter Solstice celebration.

If you have not been to a Tuesday night OA get together for some time or have never joined us, please consider joining us on Dec 17th for this special event.

RSVP on Meetup or Facebook.

Not Celebrating Xmas

Dawn Owar is hosting a Gathering of People not Celebrating Xmas for the 11th 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. This will be our 11th 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 Dick’s Den (north of OSU campus on High St) on Monday, December 24 from 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM but RSVP for details and updates.

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 first Sundays: January 5th, February 2nd and March 1st. 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 1,511.5 hours there from the start of our involvement with RMH in 2013 through the end of November 2019. 11 volunteers have worked at least a handful of four hour shifts. Last month, COUNT RMH volunteer Vicki Young again knitted and donated another 120 hats to RMH, her 2nd year doing this.


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. 22 Columbus CoR members spent 149 hours donating 136 units for Bleed-N-Feed events from January 2017 through December 2019.
RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for January 16th and/or March 19th. 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.

BN CBUS, HCCO, COUNT, OA, and SSA at OSU are members of the Columbus Coalition of Reason.

[12/16/2019 update: added initial meeting of BN CBUS on 12/21.]