Hi there. These days we're a social group. Many of us are comfortable being called atheists. Some aren't, preferring the agnostic title. (Though I don't think any of the atheists consider themselves gnostic.) Honestly though, we don't care what belief you bring to the table as long as you don't expect us to accept it without evidence that has been properly examined. (Which probably means peer review.) Anyway, we get together in friendly, open gatherings without agenda or forethought. When pandemics don't loom large, we meet every Wednesday starting at 5:30 at the Iron Horse Coffee Cafe in Rogers. We're there until about 6:15-6:30 then move to Frisco's (a bar) around the corner. Some people prefer to go directly to Frisco's, foregoing the great sandwiches at Iron Horse. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we've moved online for these meetups.
The Wednesday Hang-Out is, get this, just about hanging out. We laugh and carry on a bit. Conversation is varied and friendly. Most nights we'll discuss movies, current events, music, the complications of our individual daily lives, venting about our week, and sometimes even religion. Yes, all of those. The good news is that if one conversation isn't your thing you can move over to a different one.
Once a month, one the second Friday of each month, we gather at my house (though it may be held elsewhere occasionally) for things more specific. We will.watch a movie or a documentary, play various games, or have a topic we like to discuss. It's sort of a potluck but I generally have a main snack, water and soda. Otherwise, it's BYOB. Or you can bring a snack for yourself or to share.
Most importantly, I would like anyone that is moving away from religion or just really looking to talk to someone else in the bible belt that doesn't believe to feel directly invited to join us. We'll let you vent, commiserate with you, share our stories, or whatever it is you might be needing. For some, losing the community aspect of church is one of the hardest parts of atheism. We are here to be what the title says, a community, and for many, a family.
There are also other groups such as secular families and secular sisters (women only).