What we're about

The Community of Reason (COR) (https://www.communityofreason.org) was formed in January 2019 to partner with like-minded groups and to provide a network of support and opportunities to the non-religious in the area, including atheists, agnostics, humanists and skeptics.

The Community of Reason (COR): Atheists and Humanists of Ohio and Kentucky envisions a secular society that values science, reason, integrity, compassion and true equality for everyone.

Our mission is to create, mobilize and empower a thriving secular community to make a positive difference.

Integrity – incorporates honesty, truthfulness, transparency, accountability, dependability, decency, justice, sincerity, commitment, good judgement

Equality – incorporates acceptance, open-mindedness, fairness, equability, egalitarianism, nondiscrimination

Curiosity – incorporates continuous learning, challenging and questioning biases, critical thinking, evidence seeking, understanding

Compassion – incorporates empathy, service to others, patience, selflessness, self-care, protection, kindness

COR Village Council

The Community of Reason is lead by the Board of Directors, also known as the Village Council:

• Bob Hermann
• Chris Powell
• Dan Dusa
• Desiree Willis
• Donna Hermann
• Jen Scott
• Kyle Jarboe
• Nina Dusa

COR Board Officers

President - Jen Scott
Vice President - Dan Dusa
Vice President - Desiree Willis
Secretary - Chris Powell
Treasurer - Desiree Willis

COR Advisory Council

CJ Johnson
J.T. Andrews
Rachel Dicken

COR Committee Chairs
Activism & Advocacy Committee - Jen Scott
Education Committee - Desiree Willis
Science Committee - Bob Hermann
Ethics Committee - Dan Dusa
Finance Committee - Desiree Willis
Branding Committee - Kyle Jarboe
Website Committee - Chris Powell

Community Standards

Community of Reason (COR) is committed to presenting spaces that are informative, fun and friendly for all participants. This includes creating an atmosphere that is harassment-free. All attendees, including speakers, sponsors, and volunteers, are required to adhere to our community standards for the duration of our events.

View the Community of Reason Community Standards (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nKSN5Q7AdCk1b_fjpzlh30fHyqTsXkeC/view?usp=sharing)

Upcoming events (4+)

Let's Get Colorful! 2nd Annual COR Tie-Dye Party

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Join us for the 2nd Annual COR Tie-Dye Party! Nina is lending her expertise to help us create colorful unique COR shirts!

The event starts at 1:00pm and will go until about 6:00 pm. It takes about an hour for the whole process (minus drying time). We will have tents and canopies set up to provide shade while we dye.

All ages welcome. Feel free to bring family and friends.

We've designed COR shirts specifically for tie-dyeing! The shirt designs can be seen on our COR Threadless store at: https://communityofreason.threadless.com/
For dyeing, be sure to pick one of the shirt styles labeled "COR Tie Dye".

You can order your selections directly from the site. A percentage of the cost goes to support our work. The Free Shipping limit is pretty high, and we will be submitting a bulk order on Monday May 2. To be a part of the bulk order and avoid shipping charges, EMAIL US YOUR ORDER by MONDAY MAY 2.

You can order any of the designs by emailing us the category, style information, color, and size information. For dyeing, be sure to pick one of the two shirt styles labeled "COR Tie Dye". One of the reasons we selected Threadless is because of the ability to choose from a variety of selections, but it can make it confusing. Please email us as much information as possible. We ask that you pay for your order via our website donation page, select "COR Merchandise" as the Program.
Summary - To order COR Merchandise including Tie Dye Options

  1. Go to Threadless to decide your options: https://communityofreason.threadless.com/
  2. Email us at [masked] with all the information for your order.
  3. Go the the COR donation page, select "COR Merchandise" and send us the money to cover your order. https://www.communityofreason.org/Donate/One-Time
  4. Join us the Tie Dye Party on May 21, the Monthly Meeting on June 14 or make other arrangements to pick up your items.

Questions? Email us at [masked] or message Jen.

Can you tie dye other stuff? Absolutely! There's an optional $5 donation to tie dye other items to help offset the cost of supplies.

Make sure items you bring for dyeing are 100% cotton or rayon for best results. The dyes don’t work on synthetic material (polyester, etc.) The COR Threadless shirts that are labelled "COR Tie Dye" are 100% cotton and will be great for the party. (Offset Design and Round Logo.) Clothes that are a cotton/poly blend can be dyed, but the color will be much lighter than on a 100% cotton item.

Be aware that while you are dyeing there is a chance you might get dye on yourself or your clothes. Please dress appropriately or bring a change of clothes. Handy tip: if you wear synthetic clothes, the dye will wash right out, even if you do get dye on them.

You may need to park on the adjacent street if there is no parking in the cul-de-sac. Parking is on one side of road on the adjacent street.

Heathens Hanging with Trolls at Aullwood Audubon

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Get out in nature with your fellow Heathens and meet a few giant trolls along the way. Memorial Day weekend, let's check out Aullwood Audobon for a hike in the woods and take in Aullwood's outdoor art exhibit, "The Troll That Hatched an Egg" followed by lunch nearby.

This Dayton, Ohio gem opens at 1pm on Sundays so let's meet at noon to carpool to Dayton together. We will meet at the Montgomery/Field's Ertel Home Depot parking lot at noon to carpool/caravan to the park. Once there, we will enjoy a leisurely slow paced walk on the trails through the exhibit. My understanding is the trails are all easy and well maintained. Gym shoes should be fine.

Leashed doggos are welcome on the hike. Kids also.

Admission is required to visit Aullwood Audubon's nature center, farm, sanctuary and trails. General admission is free for children 3 and under, $8.00 for children 4 to 12, $12.00 for adults 13 to 64, and $10.00 for seniors age 65 and over and active duty military members. Members of Friends of Aullwood (our support group), the National Audubon Society, and ANCA receive free admission with membership card.

Afterwards, we can grab a meal nearby. All suggestions welcome.

Address for Carpool Spot: Home Depot, 5203 Bardes Rd, Mason, OH 45040. Look for us at the farthest spots from the main door in front of the store. I will try to park at the end of the aisle in front of the H of Home Depot. I have a grey Prius and 2 beagly dogs.

Address for Aullwood Audubon, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton, OH. Meet at the farm parking lot if you decide to go on your own at 1pm.

Learn More:
The exhibit: https://ohio.org/travel-inspiration/articles/aullwood-audubon-trolls
The Website: https://aullwood.audubon.org/

COR Creations: Buttons for Pride

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The pandemic is winding down (we hope!) and in-person events are starting back up. But our button collection has been sadly depleted and is in need of refreshing.

Come join us at the downtown Cincinnati Library MakerSpace to help make buttons for the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Pride events.

Note: One of the best places for parking is the Garfield Garage, just a short distance from the library.

Science on Tap: What Can Jumping Spiders Teach Us About Seeing the World?

Join us for our monthly Science on Tap in the Radio Artifact Studio at Urban Artifact! The event starts at 6:00pm. Speaker will begin his presentation at 6:45pm.


What can colorful jumping spiders teach us about seeing the world?

Insects and spiders face an important challenge: their lifestyles often rely heavily on vision and yet their small size imposes severe spatial constraints on their visual systems. As a result, these tiny animals offer a number of inventive solutions for miniaturized visual sensing, with jumping spiders arguably at the apex. In this seminar, Dr. Morehouse will highlight his recent work to understand how jumping spiders see the world, how these visual capabilities have evolved over time, and how their unusual visual systems have shaped the ways that they communicate with each other.


Nate Morehouse studies the traits that males and females use to interact over reproduction, with a particular emphasis on color traits and the eyes that perceive them. His research group at the University of Cincinnati studies sexual signaling, sexual selection and visual ecology of butterflies and jumping spiders. He is also the director for the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS), a new interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to the study of all things related to sensing and perception, with a particular emphasis on integrating scientific and engineering perspectives with insights from the humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts.


Free parking is available in front of Urban Artifact and on side streets.

Past events (518)

AHA Town Hall: How Overturning Roe Will Impact More Than Just Abortions

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