Aug
9
Wed
Send Hunger Packing – Backpack Drive 2017 Tickets
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 9:00 pm

August sends kids back to school, so it’s time for our annual Send Hunger Packing Backpack Drive!

Wednesday, August 9 – Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Lincoln Atheists Community Service Committee will be distributing backpacks to be filled with nonperishable food items and personal care items for the Lincoln Public Schools / Food Bank Backpack Program.

Food and personal care items will stock the LPS Emergency Pantry http://www.lincolnfoodbank.org/lps_pantry.php, and the backpacks will be used to help send a consistent supply of food for the weekend home on Fridays with over 3,500 LPS students.
Since last year’s drive, members and friends have donated over 60 backpacks, and the LA board purchased 2 dozen to supplement our efforts. Can we fill them all?

You can pick up an empty or return a full backpack at any of these upcoming meetups:
Wednesday, August 9 – Monthly Meetup at the Eatery
Sunday, August 13 – Coffee and Conversation
Thursday, August 17 – Bar Trivia
Friday, August 18 – Tabletop Gaming
Sunday, August 20 – Coffee and Conversation
Sunday, August 27 – Coffee and Conversation
Sunday, August 27 – Discussion Group with Thomas Gray and Clay Farris Naff
Saturday, September 2 – Tabletop Gaming
Sunday, September 3 – Coffee and Conversation

If you need a backpack picked up, let us know! Carra will also accept backpacks at 1300 Eastridge Dr. in Lincoln.
If you would like to purchase your own backpack, please do! (gender neutral colors, 2 straps and large enough to hold a full-size box of cereal).

Monetary donations can be accepted through Paypal http://lincolnatheists.org/ (Click Get Involved > Donate) and please note in the special instructions that it’s for the backpack drive. Cash donations given to members will be deposited and a check was written from LA to accompany the backpacks. The cost to sponsor one child for a week is $7.35, for a month is $29, for a semester is $125 or for one school year is $250.

Here are the items most in need for the Emergency Pantry:
Cereal
Boxed meals (mac and cheese, hamburger helper, tuna helper, etc)
Canned meats (chicken or tuna)
Canned fruit (low syrup or in 100% fruit juice)

The full wish list can be found here: http://www.lincolnfoodbank.org/most_needed.php, or for more information about the BackPack Program:http://www.lincolnfoodbank.org/backpack_program.php
We’ll be posting some incentives to bring full backpacks to events, so keep watching for those.
Thank you to all for helping us keep kids in our community fed so they can learn!

Aug
20
Sun
Coffee and Conversation @ Cottonwood Café Tickets
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and spend a little time on your Sunday morning hanging out with other godless folks while enjoying a little coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and some stimulating conversation. It’s a great way to start the day!

We always have enjoyable conversations in a nice relaxing atmosphere.

As it is quite understandable that many godless people seem to believe that one of the best things about being an atheist is not having to get up on Sunday morning to go to church, remember that there is no requirement to be on time, stay the entire time or even be dressed in your finest clothes. You are welcome, whenever and however you join us!

Aug
21
Mon
Solar Eclipse Viewing @ Homestead National Monument Tickets
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will cross the continental United States for the first time in 38 years! The last time an eclipse path crossed the continental United States was in 1979. The total solar eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina. Here in Nebraska, we will get an amazing opportunity to see the eclipse as it passes overhead.

Although the eclipse will be visible from Lincoln (about 1 minute of totality), one of the best spots for viewing in the state will be at Homestead National Monument just outside of Beatrice, NE (over 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality). The Monument is an official NASA viewing location. (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/2017_solar_eclipse_nasa_official_viewing_locations.html) There are numerous activities during the day surrounding the actual eclipse. In addition, Bill Nye, the Science Guy, will be at the Monument that day taping a show.

To facilitate viewing of the eclipse Lincoln Atheists will provide viewing glasses for those who come down. 

Here is some additional information regarding viewing of the eclipse. https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how-to-view-eclipse Please read about safely viewing the eclipse to avoid eye injury.

Homestead National Monument is expecting very large crowds for this event and has set up remote parking in Beatrice and shuttle buses to transport individuals out to the Monument. For information on parking and transportation click here: https://www.nps.gov/home/parking-and-transportation.htm

If anyone is interested in carpooling to the event, please contact Brian (brian@lincolnatheists.org) or Carra (carra@lincolnatheists.org).

Aug
27
Sun
Coffee and Conversation @ Cottonwood Café Tickets
Aug 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and spend a little time on your Sunday morning hanging out with other godless folks while enjoying a little coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and some stimulating conversation. It’s a great way to start the day!

We always have enjoyable conversations in a nice relaxing atmosphere.

As it is quite understandable that many godless people seem to believe that one of the best things about being an atheist is not having to get up on Sunday morning to go to church, remember that there is no requirement to be on time, stay the entire time or even be dressed in your finest clothes. You are welcome, whenever and however you join us!

Discussion Group with Thomas Gray and Clay Naff @ Bennett Martin Library Tickets
Aug 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Education Committee of Lincoln Atheists is sponsoring a special event for the next Discussion Group. We are hosting two speakers! The first is Thomas Gray – speaking on a variety of pertinent topics including Atheism in the military; starting a Humanist group; becoming a Humanist celebrant and chaplain; volunteering at Camp Quest, and his efforts to launch Omaha Oasis. The second speaker is Clay Farris Naff. His topic is—Can an Atheist Have Faith? Not in God, of course, but in a successful progressive coalition. Clay will discuss how proud, engaged atheists can fit into an alliance with religious people of good faith — without engaging in hypocrisy — and why they may want to do so. These interesting ideas and inspiring topics will provide much to consider about the future of atheists and atheism.

The event will be August 27, 2017, at Bennet Martin Library in the 3rd-floor meeting room. It will begin with drinks & cookies at 2 p.m. The first speaker will speak at 2: 20 p.m., followed by discussion; and a break. The second speaker will speak at 3:30 p.m. We will then go to Misty’s, 200 N 11th St, Lincoln, NE 68508 for dinner with the speakers. Everyone is invited!

Clay Farris Naff is an award-winning journalist and the Humanist’s science and religion correspondent. He has been a Tokyo correspondent for United Press International and a freelance reporter for National Public Radio. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Free God Now! Any views expressed are his alone and do not represent those of any organization.

Tom Gray served 24 years in our Army as an atheist and has been involved with several secular and Humanist groups. He founded Offutt Humanists, served on the board of the Omaha Atheists, and was a founding member of the Omaha Metro Area Humanist Association. For the last five years, he has volunteered as a counselor and instructor at Camp Quest Kansas City. In 2016 he was invited to present a speech at the Reason Rally in Washington DC and in 2017 he helped organize the Omaha March for Science. Tom’s primary focus is on service projects and establishing a link in the public mind between atheism, Humanism, and good citizenship.

The views and opinions presented are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Lincoln Atheists.

Sep
2
Sat
Tabletop Gaming 2017 @ Gauntlet Games Tickets
Sep 2 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
uniTabletopGaming

The Lincoln Atheists Gaming Group get together every other week to play tabletop games.

Tabletop games promotes many positive social and cognitive benefits like increased communication, teamwork, planning, and is an excellent stress relieving activity. So if you are a Tabletop Gaming heathen come join us for a lot of laughs and a genuinely good time.

Current Stats: lincolnatheists.org/lagg

Games: Gauntlet Games has a wall of games we can play and we can always bring in our own.

Refreshments: Outside food like pizza, burgers, or something of that sort, is acceptable. As for beverages they would like for us to buy from them. Since we are not charged to use their facility it is the least we can do.

Sep
3
Sun
Coffee and Conversation @ Cottonwood Café Tickets
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and spend a little time on your Sunday morning hanging out with other godless folks while enjoying a little coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and some stimulating conversation. It’s a great way to start the day!

We always have enjoyable conversations in a nice relaxing atmosphere.

As it is quite understandable that many godless people seem to believe that one of the best things about being an atheist is not having to get up on Sunday morning to go to church, remember that there is no requirement to be on time, stay the entire time or even be dressed in your finest clothes. You are welcome, whenever and however you join us!

Sep
10
Sun
Coffee and Conversation @ Cottonwood Café Tickets
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and spend a little time on your Sunday morning hanging out with other godless folks while enjoying a little coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and some stimulating conversation. It’s a great way to start the day!

We always have enjoyable conversations in a nice relaxing atmosphere.

As it is quite understandable that many godless people seem to believe that one of the best things about being an atheist is not having to get up on Sunday morning to go to church, remember that there is no requirement to be on time, stay the entire time or even be dressed in your finest clothes. You are welcome, whenever and however you join us!

Sep
13
Wed
Lincoln Atheists Monthly Meetup @ The Eatery Tickets
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

uniMonthlMeetupCome out for a chance to spend some time with other ‘freethinking’ individuals and discuss whatever is on your mind.

For those who have not been to a meetup recently, or those who have never come out to one of our events, I highly encourage you to come out and spend a little time with some other godless, heathen freethinkers. We generally have a good time, some good food and great conversations. One of the primary reasons for this group is to actually get out and meet others.

Hope to see you at the meetup.

Sep
15
Fri
Tabletop Gaming 2017 @ Gauntlet Games Tickets
Sep 15 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
uniTabletopGaming

The Lincoln Atheists Gaming Group get together every other week to play tabletop games.

Tabletop games promotes many positive social and cognitive benefits like increased communication, teamwork, planning, and is an excellent stress relieving activity. So if you are a Tabletop Gaming heathen come join us for a lot of laughs and a genuinely good time.

Current Stats: lincolnatheists.org/lagg

Games: Gauntlet Games has a wall of games we can play and we can always bring in our own.

Refreshments: Outside food like pizza, burgers, or something of that sort, is acceptable. As for beverages they would like for us to buy from them. Since we are not charged to use their facility it is the least we can do.