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Ratify our mission statement?

Daniel Aloicius Sa...
user 5473803
Columbus, OH
Post #: 14
Hey gang. Here is a proposed mission statement. Could we get some input?

Omnipresent Atheists

Omnipresence or ubiquity is the property of being present everywhere.

Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists.

Vision:
• A Central Ohio that accepts atheism as a viable alternative in all areas of public and private life.
Mission:
• Grow, support, and provide community for atheists in Central Ohio.
• Educate the public about atheism and present it as positive and legitimate.
• Provide information and encourage education in science and critical thought.
• Encourage the public to look for credible evidence rather than superstition, dogma, and the supernatural.
• Support the Constitution of the United States, defend the wall of separation between church and state, and inform the public about policy that infringes on that separation.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Q: What is Omnipresent Atheists?
A: Omnipresent Atheists is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the atheist community in Central Ohio. We strive to promote understanding and respect toward all freethinkers by providing information, creating a sense of fellowship, actively opposing discrimination, and above all, emphasizing reason and critical thinking over supernaturalism.

Q: How long have you been around? How many members are there?
A: We have hosted a Meetup group with 248 meetups since 2007 that currently has 442 members and 7 leaders (as of 8/17/2011). We have had a FaceBook open group since 2010 that currently has 51 participants (as of 8/17/2011). Members post photos and topics for discussion on both sites. Our modest funding is provided entirely by member donations.

Q: How can I get in contact with you?
A: Go to meetup.com or facebook.com and search for Omnipresent Atheists. We are happy to answer your questions and you can find information about upcoming events.

Q: What type of things does this group do together?
A: Omnipresent Atheists hosts a weekly meetup to help atheists in Central Ohio connect with each other. Like any other group of like-minded individuals, we get together to do fun things we all enjoy. We try to make a positive impact on the community, have parties to celebrate, and even do karaoke once in a while. Sometimes we do charitable work together especially when it helps educate the public about the positive legitimacy of atheists. Check out the Meetup calendar for more details.

Q: When are your meetings?
A: Our weekly meetup is on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 PM with attendance ranging from ~5 - 25. Other events are occasionally scheduled, sometimes in conjunction with other related groups in our area. Check out the Meetup calendar for more details.

Q: Are people who don’t call themselves atheists welcome at our meetings?
A: Some of our attendees call themselves agnostics, sceptics, humanists, non-theists, deists or even theists. We agree that Central Ohio should accept all of these as viable alternatives. We recognize that some religious people may be in the early stages of questioning their beliefs and want to support their exploration. We do not welcome religious proselytizing though and hope that all attendees support our vision and mission.

FAQ list, vision and mission statements adapted from Seattle Atheists [http://www.seattleath...­.
Michael K.
Michael4422
Columbus, OH
Post #: 2
Looks great to me!
A former member
Post #: 838
We recently ratified our mission and vision statements over here in Dayton. You can see them both on our front page: http://www.meetup.com/freethoughtdayton/­

The key is to keep them both concise and coherent. Add -ary to the end of each word to remind you of its purpose.

Visionary: the broad, long-term goals you have generally for society in the future as it relates to your group.

Missionary: the 'boots on the ground', day-to-day, tangible things you want to do to make your vision a reality.

Hope this helps!
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