We asked you to tell us about your local secular group in an attempt to encourage the start-up and growth of “good without god” communities. We’ve received a lot of responses already (Thanks!) and here’s a glimpse at our next group: The Freethought Society of the Midlands in Columbia, South Carolina:
The group’s leader offered this advice to other groups struggling to grow or just starting up:
Be patient. I was the only one to show up to the first two meetings over ten years ago. Now we have over 50 active members (attend at least one event per month) and hundreds of people signed up on our social media sites. Meetup is a good tool if you can afford it, we got in while it was still cheap and pay a grandfathered price. Remember the 80/20 rule: about 20% of the people who sign up show up, and about 20% of those who show up are willing to go the extra mile to support the group.
You can read more of our interview here!
Want to be featured in this series? If you can fill out most of the questions below, your group is probably a good candidate to be showcased on our page. We hope to hear from you! E-mail submissions to SecularGroups@gmail.com!
Links to group’s Facebook. website, Twitter, etc.:
When was your group established?
What does your group do for fun to connect with each other?
What community/volunteer activities does your group participate in, if any?
What political/social activism does your group do, if any?
Does your group have a favorite charity to fundraise for or promote?
Do you have any stories to share about your city having a positive reaction to your group?
What are some challenges your group has faced?
What advice would you like to share with other groups struggling to grow or are just starting up?
**Please attach some photos of your group as a whole, in action, and having fun**