April was a busy month for Northern Indiana Atheists. We dedicated an entire week to participate in the Secular Week of Action. We teamed up with There is No Godcast to attend the 2019 American Atheists convention in Cincinnati (where we were given the award for Affiliate of the Year) and started a Biggest Loser Challenge for charity. In addition to all of these wonderful events, Northern Indiana Atheists gained a new board member. Noah Bush. The host of There is No Godcast was elected to the board of directors. Welcome Noah!
Equality rally, Cincinnati, ohio
NIA Vice President and Co-Founder, Daniel Dick, attended the Good Friday Equality Rally in downtown Cincinnati at the famous Fountain Square in support of religious freedom, equality, and local activism.
secular week of action
Secular week of action started off on the 26th of April until the 2nd of May. On April 30th volunteers worked to sort through dozens of bags of clothes and shoes to be distributed to the homeless throughout the year. We had a screening of the movie A Better Life on 4/27 at the South Bend Chocolate Café. April 20th kicked off The Biggest Loser Charity event to benefit a number of generous charities such as: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, American Heart Association, Cancer Resources for Elkhart County, Center for the Homeless, Humane Society of Elkhart County, Northern Indiana Atheists, Planned Parenthood of Indianan and Kentucky, and Pro-Choice South Bend
The Five Below fundraiser was a giant success! Thank you to everyone who came out to support NIA with your purchases. Thank you, Five Below of Elkhart, Mishawaka, and Goshen for the opportunity and support.
links to educational resources
We have a lot of atheist and secular resource links on our website: https://northernindianaatheists.com/education/ - If there are other educational resources you would like to see us promote, please let us know.
On Thursday, April 18, NIA hosted another Atheist BrewTalk in Goshen, Indiana at the Goshen Brewing Company. Members and allies enjoyed delicious food and beverages with members of NIA. This is a monthly event at a family-friendly venue, so everyone is welcome.
ask an atheist day
April 18th was Ask an Atheist Day. This is one of our favorite times of the year because it brings believers and atheists together into a dialogue over the many topics an atheist might get asked. It helps to dispel the myths associated with atheism and allows for constructive dialogue between believers, agnostics, and atheists.
american atheists 2019 national convention
NIA president, Troy Moss, VP, Daniel Dick, and the host of There is No Godcast, Noah Bush had the pleasure of attending the 2019 American Atheists convention in Cincinnati, OH. Northern Indiana Atheists joined a number of other Atheist organizations with a table remarking the work NIA has been doing for the past year as well as networking with the many other atheist organizations represented at the convention. There Is No Godcast, with Noah Bush had the pleasure of interviewing many great guests for the podcast. We were esteemed to receive the Affiliate of the Year award for 2019.
coffee & conversation
On Thursday, April 25, NIA hosted another of our Coffee & Conversation events at the Electric Brew in Elkhart, Indiana. This is another monthly event where everyone is welcome. We've have new people show up every time and the conversations are always interesting.