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Secular Outreach in the Park/Ask an Atheist (Booth)

Please join us in our effort to reach out to nonbelievers, freethinkers, humanists and atheists in the San Diego community, and share all the wonderful social and educational opportunities that we provide.

This is very much a “3 Level Outreach” event. Participate at any level. Come anytime between 10-4. Stay as long as you like. No pressure.

1) Share camaraderie with your fellow non-believers. There is no commitment to staff the table or talk to believers. None. Come hang out with us on the grass behind the table and socialize. It’s a fun day in the park. Bring food/drinks/chairs if you like (certainly not required). Or just come visit. Stay five minutes, stay all day. Bring kids, bring partners. Everyone is very welcome.

2) Staff the table. Again, there is no commitment to talk to believers. Our mission is outreach to the non-believing community. Passers-by are generally friendly and there will always be others around if non-believers want to engage in deeper conversation. It’s fun at the table and everyone is welcome to try, if they’d like.

3) Ask an Atheist. For those who like to, and are willing (and there’s always a lot of us in this category), be ready to engage believers in discussion. This is a lot of fun for those who enjoy this kind of thing, and it’s good practice for your personal life, too! If you just want to come hang out, we’d love to have you, however long you want to stay. It’s fun to be out in the open as a non-believer, and the camaraderie and number of folks we have there give a very positive impression to all who walk by – even if many are just hanging out on the grass. For those willing to staff the table or talk to believers, we now have a good set of guidelines/suggestions for both. This helps us generate good will, stay positive and keep consistent.

Everyone is welcome to join from every group. Everyone that does join us is encouraged to bring a chair, drinks and snacks (depending on how long they plan on joining in the fun). There are however great restaurants and cheap food, all within a rocks throw. A few of us often bring snacks, desserts and beverages for all to share and anyone is of course, welcome to be so generous. Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite anti-theistic or Humanist t-shirts and don't forget your Scarlet A lapel pins if you have them.

We have received a very positive response from a surprising number of visitors. Other booths in the park include the Mormons, Hari Krishna, Christians, Muslims, evolution deniers and Jehovah's Witnesses. So the public is encouragingly receptive to our presence there among the others. However, please do not feel as though you must converse with the believers or even the non-believers in the public as many of us simply sit in the shaded grass behind the banner and enjoy good conversation with each other all day. Finally, no one is expected to be there all day. If you can only swing by and say hi, please do.

We will be located on El Prado (the pedestrian avenue in-between the two large fountains in Balboa Park), right in front of the House of Hospitality that holds the restaurant, The Prado.

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  • Robert (Rob) H.

    Fun as usual. Lots of people showed up.

    December 22, 2012

  • Mike M.

    I will try to be there as I really would like to introduce myself. I may have family in so my arrival time may be later that the 10am start time. I will be just hanging out. Thanks!

    December 19, 2012

    • Taylor

      Mike, worry not as there is no real schedule or itinerary of any sort at this event. Many come from 9:30 to 5 or 6pm and others stop by for only 15 minutes or so. "Just hanging-out" is also quite the norm. Some of us enjoy discourse with the believers that pass by; some like to reach out to fellow non-believers; others just enjoy conversation with each other behind the banners; and some of us enjoy it all. Throughout the day we usually have about 20 members attend and we receive a surprising amount of positive feedback from other non-believers that pass by. I only recommend bringing a chair if you have one, though there are usually extras. There is food and drink within a stones throw and some of us often bring snacks for the group. Do bring a watch however if you need to leave at any particular time as most of us usually end up leaving WAY later than we had planned on account of getting lost in conversation. It's always a great time and we look forward to having you.

      December 19, 2012

    • Debbie A.

      see you there Mike!

      December 21, 2012

  • Debbie A.

    I'll be bringing a BUNCH of things to sell... Fish with feet for your car, red metal atheist "A" pins, funny buttons, bumper stickers, etc. We also have some more Atheist t-shirts. Let me know if you want me to save you something.

    December 20, 2012

  • Mike M.

    Thanks both Rob and Taylor! Will make it there some point on Saturday.

    December 19, 2012

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