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

This is very much a “3 Level Outreach” event.  Come anytime between 10-4.  Stay as long as you like.  Participate at any level.  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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Atheists! Wooohhh!

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Tommy J

      Brah, you cracked me up when you said "that is the most Red Neck steady cam I have ever seen" about the rig I McGivered together this morning out of a 2x4 & some spring clamps. Hope to see you again, great to meet you.

      August 10, 2013

  • Tommy J

    All I can say is the more I hang out with these Happy Heathens the more I like 'em. I very much look forward to my time with them. Most of the time I just hang out and watch "the show" and from time to time I get involved in mixing it up with the people who slow down & check us out. I love that I can be involved as much or as little as I desire, NO pressure. I had a few very nice conversations with Theists off to the side from the main tent and really felt like I was doing Out Reach and exchanging ideas with my fellow Americans. I really love my country, but I enjoy my fellow citizens even more. The Out Reach organizers have done a wonderful job setting up a space for having meaningful conversations and I very much appreciate their efforts. Each week I learn more about myself and how important it is for our community that this exchange of ideas takes place. If you have not attended one of these events, You Are Missing Out (and we are missing You). Thank You to all who attended :)

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fun day. Talked to lots of people with a variety of beliefs.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great seeing everyone!

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Josh

    See ya there. I'll try to bring some cookies or something, but it's looking to be a busy weekend so not sure...

    August 7, 2013

    • Tommy J

      If you can make it my son & I would be happy to see you. That would be SWEET. Oh, an tell Josh we would enjoy seeing him too.... : )

      August 7, 2013

  • Tommy J

    http://youtu.be/VUPbgQtYpNY if you are going to talk with theists it helps to learn from the pros. Take 5 minutes and listen when "Richard Dawkins Calls" The Atheist Experience. (bet you can't listen just once)

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Tommy J

    will again try to kidnap my kids and bring them. Must indoctrinate youth. (they were actually atheists before I came out) bring kids we need to reflect our true demographics. Bring food & sugar and the teens will follow. (Field of Teens movie???)

    1 · August 4, 2013

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