To develop a community of individuals and families who value and promote critical thinking, freethought, reason, and a scientific worldview – as opposed to the acceptance of faith and dogma – and who seek to have a positive effect on the community at large through fellowship, ethical and rational discussion, community service, and education.
The Oklahoma Atheists was started in 1999 by a small group of freethinkers wanting to socialize with similarly minded folks. What began as a few friends meeting over dinner once a month has grown into a multifaceted community with events ranging from social and activist to volunteering and educational.
Along the way, there were a few key people that made great strides to help us get to where we are today. These individuals pushed the group to have a broader purpose than socializing, wrote bylaws to define an organizational structure and got the group involved in local activism.
Now, our most active members are professionals, students and families looking for a place to call home in the greater Oklahoma City area. In addition to our core social gatherings, we have added events specifically for families, as well as events to give back to the community through volunteering.
We have also networked with other atheists/agnostics/skeptics groups in the area to let them know that we are here and eager to collaborate. This effort, combined with more frequent (and varied) events and stronger organization, has led to dramatic growth in the last few years.
Our goals are measured against our mission statement. In the coming months, we look to further increase our community outreach via advertising and an increased focus on networking. With the benefit of our larger numbers and established organizational structure, we are also reaching out to support similar groups in Oklahoma, both in other communities around the state and at local institutions of higher education.
This fall, we plan on sending members to attend a few regional freethought conventions to see what other organizations are doing and to discover new ways to grow and strengthen our group.
We are also continuously looking for new and effective ways to give back to the communities that we live and work in.
Questions? Comments? Want to join? Check out our Meetup Group!