Black Nonbelievers of Cincinnati

Last year, we announced that a brand new Black Nonbelievers chapter was forming in Cincinnati, OH. I’m excited to report that the chapter not only started, but has gained a lot of momentum and is now very successful! But don’t just take my word for it, I am very happy to present the words of the chapter’s leaders directly.

“BN of Cincinnati is not only a resource for atheists of color in our area, we are a support system, a family. We celebrate together, grieve together and we even eat together. BN of Cincinnati has been the beginning and enrichment of many friendships.

Our first official MeetUp was in May 2018 at the local black owned restaurant Conscious Kitchen. We proudly displayed our BN of Cincinnati banner. In June, we’ll be having self defense classes with black owned Gye Nyame Martial Arts School. Our future MeetUps will include cookouts, laser tag, hiking and dinners and luncheons. And, of course, anything our members suggest.“

– Tiffany Stewart

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“One of the major conversations we had was about boldness.  I was sharing how I am compelled to speak up on personal issues that affect me and my community as it relates to religious over steps. As a member of a civil rights organization, I have recently stood up on a couple of occasions. The first occasion was a statewide meeting about education. The meeting was laced with religious overtones and eventually they asked me to pray over the food.  Even though I gave in which I later became very shamed about, I pulled the convener to the side and explained my position. I was surprised to be met with a very receptive and apologetic energy.  The second was about Christian prayers to start our local meetings. I realized this was an opportunity to shine the light on the fact that we shouldn’t not be giving preferences to any religion and that our organization was started by a collection of people, one of which was a secular humanist.  Since then, prayer has stopped in the Cincinnati meetings.

Watch us grow!”

– Triegg Turner

I hope that you are as excited as I am to see the fantastic success of Black Nonbelievers of Cincinnati. If you are in the area, or if you visit the city for any reason, reach out and get involved!

Mandisa Thomas
Founder and President, Black Nonbelievers
#BNChangesLives

 

P.S. We depend on you as we support chapters all around the country just like BN of Cincinnati. Please consider a gift to help us keep growing and engaging with our communities!

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Did You Catch BN On FFRF’s Freethought Radio?

 March, Black Nonbelievers was on FFRF’s Freethought Radio to discuss our work, whats going on with the rise of Black Nones, and so much more! Did you catch our interview? You can check it out at the 25 minute mark here!

By the way, have you registered for our Second Annual Black Nonbelievers Convention at Sea yet? We are so excited to be setting sail again this year, and we hope that you are too! We’ve even announced some new speakers and details here.

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“BN provides a home…to get connected and establishes a needed support system.”

– Keisha Rhines-Thomas

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We often talk about how Black Nonbelievers changes lives. As Keisha says, this isn’t just talk! We are out there with you building a positive community for everyone that we can reach. Without your support, we could not do such amazing things in so many cities around the country.

Your support means the world to us, as we seek to change the world for Black Nonbelievers everywhere.

P.S. Have you registered for our Second Annual Black Nonbelievers Convention at Sea yet? We are so excited to be setting sail again this year, and we hope that you are too! We’ve even announced some new speakers and details here.

Building a Community for Those Entrenched in Black Religiosity

“Since 2015, the Black Nonbelievers affiliate chapter in Louisville, Kentucky has offered a safe space for minorities who’ve left religion. Not just an online outlet, BN Louisville’s presence is in its face to face interactions each month to build a community for those entrenched in black religiosity.”

– Monica Burns, Louisville chapter leader

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Don’t forget that this week, BN will be tabling at the American Atheists convention in Oklahoma City! Find out all the info here.

Have you registered for our Second Annual Black Nonbelievers Convention at Sea yet? We are so excited to be setting sail again this year, and we hope that you are too! We’ve even recently announced new speakers and details.

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Church Doesn’t Have a Monopoly on Fellowship

Did you catch me speaking on the Ask an Atheist podcast with Sam Mulvey last month? It was a great interview that I’d love to have you check out, if you missed it previously. If you want to skip directly to me, pop into the podcast at the 17-minute mark!

We discuss Black Nonbelievers’ exciting history, how we got started in Atlanta before expanding nationally, and how we just expanded into Portland and Cincinnati! I also discuss how important it is being a space for black nonbelievers while also being inclusive of anyone who shares the organization’s mission and values.

“Making someone feel welcome and comfortable…isn’t something inherent to a religious identity…and it’s probably more genuine because there isn’t a reward from a god for being nice. Religion and the Church don’t have a monopoly on fellowship.”

I am working hard to build communities around the country for people like you, and many that you probably know, to have a space where you all feel welcomed, valued, included, and empowered as member of a community that you love.

Please head over to the podcast, check it out, and then get involved with Black Nonbelievers in any way that you can! Every one of our members means so much to me, and to all of BN’s volunteers and leaders.

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