August 2019 NIA Newsletter
As the summer is drawing to a close Northern Indiana Atheists is wrapping up a fun and exciting spring/summer of community events and activism. In July we showed our support to the LGBTQ+ communities of Goshen and Fort Wayne and had a blast being there as always. Earlier in the month we attended both South Bend and Goshen’s Lights for Liberty candlelight vigils held to speak out against the horrific abuses against immigrants and asylum seekers at the southern border. NIA supplied posters for these events. As part of NIA’s commitment to the betterment of our community we recognize the value of caring for our planet so we have adopted a highway on SR 23 in Granger. On Sunday the 14th of July we got up early in the morning and started working to clean it up. We picked up three large bags of trash along the two mile stretch of road. On July 19th we tabled at the Goshen courthouse as an atheist organization with equal access to a public space. Thank you to all who stopped by to see us this month. Also thank you to all who came out to see us at our beer and coffee events.
Northern Indiana Atheists had the wonderful opportunity to once again experience the generous love and support of our members and broader community when the fundraiser for the Whole Women’s Health Alliance (WWHA) reached over $2,000. With your donations we were able to immediately purchase umbrellas, bottled water, noise machines, sunscreen, a cooler, ice packs, and chairs. Not only that, the fundraiser made it possible for us to purchase items for individual care packages for the patients as they come to the clinic. NIA board members will be getting together to assemble each of these packages. Finally, your donations to this fundraiser will be used to continue to support the volunteers and patients at WWHA.
Here’s what’s happening in August. On August 2nd stop by and see us at First Friday’s in Goshen. We will have a table set up as well as a fun, interactive game for the kids. August first through the 15th is our back-to-school fundraiser with Five Below in Goshen, Elkhart, and Mishawaka. Get your school supplies at a great price and help NIA at the same time. Don’t forget to bring in a flyer or print one off from our Facebook page. On August 15th we would love to have a beer with you at the Goshen Brewing Company and a cup of coffee with you on August 21st at the Bigbby coffee shop on CR 17 in Elkhart. Finally, on August 26th we will be at IUSB in South Bend for their Welcome Back Fair.
GOSHEN IS NO PLACE FOR HATE
Come to Roger’s Park in Goshen on Saturday, June 29th at 2:00 pm for the No Place for Hate Rally. Come and join us in celebrating love, and declaring Goshen ‘No place for Hate'. Noah Bush, Host of There is No Godcast, will be a guest speaker at this event.
AMERICAN ATHEISTS AT INDY PRIDE
On June 8, NIA joined American Atheists at Indy Pride festival where we met a number of wonderful people and connected with other organizations such as, Kokomo Freethinkers, Crossroads Atheists, Whitewater Freethought, and The Satanic Temple.
supporting our lgbtq family, friends, and community
On June 15, Northern Indiana Atheists represented the atheist community at South Bend Pride. It was a rainy day, but we endured until the end and made many new friends.
there is no godcast
Board member and host of There is No Godcast, Noah Bush, had the pleasure of joining Boyce Littlefield on his show, Mindful Skeptics. Check out this fantastic episode here:https://thereisnogodcast.podbean.com
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, June 20th, at 6:00 pm, NIA will host another Atheist BrewTalk in Goshen, Indiana at the Goshen Brewing Company. Members and allies are welcome to enjoy delicious food and beverages with members of NIA. This is a monthly event at a family-friendly venue, so everyone is welcome.
coffee & conversation
On Wednesday, June 26th, at 6:00 pm, NIA will host Coffee & Conversation 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. Stop by for a few minutes or a few hours and chat with other atheists and allies about current events and the latest news of what’s happening with Northern Indiana Atheists and the broader Atheist community.
five guys burgers and fries with nia
On June 27th, NIA will be having another Five Guys Fundraiser. Remember to let them you know you want to support NIA with your order.
michigan city pride fest
June 29th is Michigan City Pride Fest. We look forward to supporting LGBTQ community events across northern Indiana this month and into the future.
join us at one of our social events
Join our Meetup Group and watch for future events!
June 20th, Atheists BrewTalk, 6:00 pm, Goshen Brewing Company
June 26th, Coffee and Conversation, 6:00 pm, Elkhart Electric Brew
June 27th, Five Guys Fundraiser, Mishawaka
June 29th, Michigan City Pride, Michigan City
June 29th, No Place for Hate, 2:00 pm Rogers Park, Goshen
July 14th, NIA Adopt-A-Highway, Granger