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.”
KCAC’s 2019 Officer Elections are complete! We are proud to announce the results:
-Melissa Leytem was reelected as Vice President -Michael Leytem was reelected as Treasurer -Rowan Stewart was reelected as Director of Activism -Joshua Hyde was elected to Secretary to the Board -Jordan McKinney was elected as President of the Board
We would like to thank everyone who voted for their participation, and we are very excited about another year of creating a welcoming secular community in Kansas City!
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Jordan McKinney has been nominated for election as president. He describes himself below:
Jordan McKinney was born in Lindsborg, Kansas. As a youth, he delighted in learning about paleontology and other sciences. Meeting Robert T. Bakker at a young age was a highlight. He earned a Bachelor degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas. While primarily focused on East Asian contemporary Buddhist developments, Jordan studied biblical texts and the Dead Sea Scrolls under the then-controversial atheist professor Dr. Paul Mirecki (Mirecki served as a direct assistant for Dr. John Strugnell, a lead researcher on the Dead Sea Scrolls project).
After completing fieldwork in Taiwan at the Fo Guang Shan monastery, Jordan transitioned from “questioning skeptic” to “agnostic atheist”, supported by his wife, Mandy, and numerous friends from the KC secular community. In 2015, he was awarded a Doniphan Fellowship for successful completion of the Doniphan Leadership Institute. He has performed leadership work with multiple secular groups in Kansas City, as well as leadership work for multiple progressive, female-led political campaigns. At present, he serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Kansas City Atheist Coalition. Jordan currently resides in Liberty, MO with his wife, daughter Olivia, two dogs, and two fish.
“It’s my goal to serve Kansas City by making this a place where nonbelievers, skeptics, and atheists can be known as such without stigma. I’m a firm believer in the separation of church and state and I have a strong appreciation for the years of dedicated work by KCAC to carve out space for atheists to be recognized in the positive manner they deserve. I also believe very strongly in the work the entire secular community of KC has done to welcome and support the LGBTQIA community. My leadership style is empowerment of all my constituents through a servant approach. If elected President of KCAC, it will be my job to clear the way for the leaders and membership of KCAC to be amazing and do their best work.”
If you would like to submit a nomination, please refer to the details for how to do so here.
We are happy to announce that we are creating a space for KC atheists to socialize and connect via Facebook. This option is limited to dues-paying members and all participants are bound by the rules as described here:
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The election results are in, and the incumbents have been unanimously re-elected! We want to thank everyone for their participation and look forward to elections next year in 2019 after a year of serving the community!
As a note: the duplication of some options in the report are a result of adding the qualifier of “(incumbant)” after some votes had been cast.
I know what you’re thinking: didn’t we just start doing these? You’re right – however, between the high number of end-of-month holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, various December religious holidays, New Year’s) between now and the end of the year ON TOP OF our white elephant holiday party (which we’ll be announcing details of soon!), we’re going to be pausing these social events until January 28. We’re hoping to see you still at our events like Trunk or Treat!
The ballot for our 2018 officer elections is now available. You should have received an email from BallotBin.com if you are a dues-paying member. The ballot will be open and available through the end of the day on October 20, 2018.
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You do not have to be a dues-paying member to submit a nomination or be nominated. Nominations will be accepted through end of day on October 6, 2018.
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