Los Angeles, CAUSA 90027
August 2, 2013
I was raised non-religious in a small, conservative town (meaning we were real outsiders). As a young adult, I went searching for that ineffable "something more" and dabbled in a variety of religious practices. Eventually, I read "The Tao of Physics" and got hooked on the physics part of it more than the Taoist part. Since then, I've been a fan of science and the power of human curiosity and intellect to pursue the wonders of the Universe which exceed any "something more" than we could imagine. My interest in a more active form of non-belief coincided with the rise of the so-called "New Atheists"; in 2005, I found myself in an audience of about 25 people at the local library to hear a UCLA grad student by the name of Sam Harris talking about his new book, "The End of Faith". Around that same time my family and I joined the Unitarian church where we've been active as teachers and volunteers, including organizing AAHS.
My first focus was on creating a group for the many non-theists of all varieties within the UU church, a task we've been very successful at accomplishing (our mailing list now represents 20% of the church membership). Now, I'm interested in doing public outreach to make the secular/rational worldview more visible in the wider community, to make ourselves visible to those who may be seeking like-minded people, and to link up with other similar groups for socializing and organizing events to promote our non-theist point of view.
I'm a lifelong atheist/humanist and an active member of the Unitarian church in Santa Monica for the past several years. We formed this freethought group to serve as a community-within-a-community for the many non-theists in our congregation.