How about some real friends? People you can actually talk with and go places with? This is not speed dating but rather an innocent, respectful way of finding people you might want to be friends with. The format is the same as speed dating but without the burden of potential romance.
It’s tough in California. People are generally uncomfortable about getting acquainted with their neighbors or maybe they’re just too shy to speak. Here’s your chance to break through that glass wall.
We’ll give you a sheet of suggested questions and you’ll have several minutes or so to chat with someone—hear their story and tell them your story. Then we’ll all change conversation partners and do it again. Give this a try.
(Doors open at noon)
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Would you like to get acquainted with even more nonbelievers? Be the greeter at the monthly SacFAN/AOF meeting. You’ll have adhesive name badges and a marker, and as people come through the door, you’ll have a legitimate reason to say, “Hi, I’m _______. What’s your name?” Then you write the person’s name on the tag. Soon, you know more people and more people know you. Those name tags are a very welcome memory aid to a lot of people. Haven’t you ever struggled to remember somebody’s name?
Fred Rogers—yes, THE Mr. Rogers—said it’s important when people arrive and it’s important when people leave. That’s why well mannered people strive to greet arrivals, and later give them a warm send-off. You’ve done this before, so you already know how good it feels to help people feel good. You’ve known this since you were a kid, and here’s an opportunity to practice and maybe even teach somebody how to do it. Are you in? Yes? Then tell Susan (the one who introduces the speakers) that you’d like to help welcome people as they arrive for the meeting.
Bring a few bucks if you can to help pay for renting the Reason Center. Find the big plastic donation jug labeled “Reason Center Donations” (it’ll be at the snack table) and stuff your bucks in there. Even humble SacFAN has to pay to use Reason Center. If you can’t donate, come anyway. The important thing is for you to be there so you can meet your new friends. This is truly a wonderful group of people.
The Reason Center’s expenses (rent, electricity, maintenance, security, insurance) aren’t especially heartwarming, but they’re the infrastructure that helps SacFAN, AOF, Sunday Assembly Sacramento, and others thrive.
The Reason Center is the ONLY venue in the region dedicated to freethought, agnosticism, non-theism, non-belief, rationality, skepticism, atheism, Humanism, and other flavors of non-religiosity. It’s open for you and any friends you’d like to bring, so to continue the Reason Center’s tradition of success, donate as generously as you can. All donations are very much appreciated. The Reason Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by IRS regulations. Visit:
Atheists and Other Freethinkers (AOF) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports, among other things, the AOF/SacFAN Speaker Series, which is what you’ve enjoyed for the last few years at these monthly general meetings.
The AOF/SacFAN monthly meeting happens on the last Sunday of every month at the Reason Center, rain or shine, holiday or not, with or without plagues of locusts.
AOF membership forms are at the Reason Center and online. Memberships are:
$10/year for low-income individuals,
$20/year for non-low-income individuals,
$30/year for families, and
$50/year for the Patron level membership.
To join and for more information about what we do, visit:
Bring a snack or beverage to the meeting to share if you can.
Reason Center is committed to the promotion of critical thinking and secular values. In partnership with other secular groups and organizations, it hosts knowledgeable and engaging speakers discussing a wide range of related topics.