A new billboard wishing drivers “happy holidays” will run through January 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —There’s a new billboard running for the upcoming holiday season, and it’s wishing everyone happy holidays from their friendly Kansas City atheists. Running in rotation on a digital billboard near the Armour Road exit from I-35 south, it’s here to convey season’s greetings to drivers on their travels along I-35. The billboard is running for three months, from Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 31, 2020.
“The holidays, for many people, are steeped in religious tradition,” Jordan McKinney, president of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition, explains, “and, for many atheists, that means they don’t really have a place they feel like they fit in during these winter months. That’s part of our message here – that there’s a community where they can make friends and build families of their choosing during this holiday season.”
Mr. McKinney acknowledges that some may see the billboard as an attack on those religious traditions, but that is not the intent. “It’s quite the opposite, in fact. We’re trying to raise awareness that atheists also enjoy spending time with friends and family over hot drinks and tasty food.”
He also pointed to the Kansas City Atheist Coalition’s tradition of collecting gifts each year for a family adopted through local charity programs. “We’re not only trying to break the misconception that atheists are steeped in a Scrooge-esque resentment of the holidays,” Mr. McKinney explained, “but also providing opportunities for atheists to give back to their local community and participate in that ‘season of giving’ that everyone enjoys this time of year.”
A local Kansas City church, as part of a broader apologetics program, hosted popular apologist Lee Strobel. We decided to head over and make ourselves available to anyone who might have questions, and we got a number of people curious about what it means to be an atheist (and a few looking out for a hug or two)!
The Kansas City Atheist Coalition will be coming to Kansas City PrideFest 2018! We’ll have shirts available that will let you declare your pride as both a member of the LGBTQIA community and an atheist:
Make sure to come by and say, “Hi!” We look forward to seeing you there!
On Saturday April 7th, All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington D.C. will host the Secular Social Justice 2018 conference! Exploring the connection between secular humanist values and social justice activism, the conference prioritizes the liberatory visions of activists of color who believe social progress must come through human intervention.
We grabbed some friendly folks and headed down to Westport again this year to make ourselves available for questions, spread some holiday cheer, and pass out our fair share of hugs to those who asked. We’re looking forward to doing it all again next year!
Our director of activism, Joshua Stewart, was invited down to Springfield, along with JT Eberhard, to debate the question of whether or not belief in Christianity is reasonable. The Springfield Freethinkers have a video of the debate available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure:
The work – both charitable and activism – of KCAC and its sister organization, Kansas City Oasis, was featured in a new article titled “Faith in Kansas City”:
At the Kansas City Atheist Coalition, President Joshua Hyde said the group, which is focused on advancing atheism, also volunteers with Micah Ministry, a nonprofit that helps homeless pets get adopted (KC Pet Project), a community food network (Harvesters), a domestic violence shelter (Hope House) and more.
The work is a way to give back but also dispel myths and stigmas about what it means to be an atheist. It also allows atheists to feel more comfortable coming out in their community, philanthropies or jobs.