Delaware Atheists

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Delaware Atheists

A group for those of us who live (whether intentionally or not) in the 1st state... which is also often mistaken for a city in Maryland.

Location: Delaware, USA
Members: 29
Latest Activity: Jan 30

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Comment by Langston on January 30, 2014 at 9:36pm

Dear Delaware Atheists,

I am writing to ask if you will send a research survey to your members.  The survey looks at the perceptions and attitudes of both affiliated and unaffiliated nonbelievers, concerning the functions and activities of secular, freethought, humanist, and atheist organizations, and also the conduct of individuals and groups in the broader atheist movement/community in general.

It is our goal with this project to generate a portrait of both member and nonmember nonbelievers in America; specifically, we want to understand the following:

(1.)  What nonbelievers think secular groups should offer in terms of activities and functions (What do they think secular groups should be doing?)

(2.)  What do secular affiliates think are the reasons that nonaffiliates do not join such groups?

(3.)  What reasons do nonaffiliates themselves give for not joining secular groups that exist for them?

(4.)  What general approach should secular individuals and groups take towards religion, religious beliefs, and religious people?

Our hope is that your members will also be willing to distribute the survey link to their friends and acquaintances who are nonbelievers but who are not members of secular, freethought, humanist, or atheist organizations; this particular population is of great interest to scholars studying atheism, partly because they are hard to reach and/or identify, and partly because we know even less about them than more visible or affiliated atheists (this is, in turn, due to the first reason). 

The survey link is below, and only those who have this specific link can access it; I have included this link so that you may see the survey for yourself.  This will help you determine whether or not this is something you’d like to send to your members.  You will also notice that the instructions at the start of the survey include notices about privacy and confidentiality of responses.  Furthermore, this survey is only intended to be taken by those who are 18 years of age or older, who are also self-identified nonbelievers and U.S. citizens or long term residents of the U.S.

Attitudes of Affiliated and Unaffiliated Nonbelievers on the Functi...

About the researchers:

Joseph Langston is an independent researcher, having received his MA in 2012 from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (http://independent.academia.edu/JosephLangston).

Dr. Ryan Cragun is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa (http://www.ut.edu/content.aspx?bio=1&id=4402).  He is a member of the Atheist Research Collaborative (http://atheistresearch.org/Researchers.php).    

Joseph Hammer is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Iowa State University (http://www.public.iastate.edu/~hammer/).  He is also a member of the Atheist Research Collaborative.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please direct them to Joseph Langston at joseph.a.langston@gmail.com

Very sincerely,

Ryan Cragun
Sociology Department
University of Tampa

Joseph Hammer
Department of Psychology
Iowa State University

Joseph Langston
Independent Researcher

Comment by James on December 6, 2013 at 7:53pm

Comment by Don on November 29, 2013 at 4:50pm

I don't get on the Nexus very often but it occurred to me this might be of interest to some of the locals on here:  in addition to the humanist group that meets in the Wilmington area, there's an informal atheist meetup group now that gets together once or twice a month in the vicinity of Newark:  http://www.meetup.com/Delaware-Atheist-Meetup/

Comment by James on June 21, 2012 at 11:47pm

Well, The Picnic is tomorrow hope to see you there.

Here is the link on our meetup site.

http://www.meetup.com/DelawareHumanist/events/60583962/

Comment by Emmy E on June 6, 2012 at 6:17am
Hey James! We missed you at the Easter Brunch! I facebooked with Michelle last night about the picnic. She told me that she and Michael are planning to come and bring their three girls. I'm planning to come as well :)
Comment by James on June 6, 2012 at 1:55am

Delaware Association for Humanism's summer picnic Saturday, June 23rd beginning at 2 PM.  

 Grills will be available.  Bring your favorite dishes and your table ware and potables.  DAH will provide hot dogs,  rolls, condiments and plates.
 Here is your opportunity to meet and get to know a congenial group and to discuss humanism, atheism and freethought honing your skills in the process.  Bring your own chairs too.
 
Please plan to join us.  Ask your friends too.
Contact me for the Location.  It is a private address so I am not going to Post it. 
Comment by Emmy E on April 3, 2012 at 5:28pm
Hey!!! It was fun hanging out with you! Didja get to meet anybody who was on stage? I stood three feet from James Randi but i didnt get to talk to him. :/

Ya think you can pout and get out of working sunday?? We're going to (i think) Kid Schellens (it's on the facebook page) for brunch. I wonder if zombie jesus will attend lol
Comment by Amanda Shertz on April 3, 2012 at 5:02pm
Hey Emmy, guess we made it back from the rally just fine. It was a blast despite the weather. Glad we got to hang out for a bit.
Comment by Emmy E on March 26, 2012 at 5:56pm

Stephen, if you have facebook,  http://www.facebook.com/groups/DelawareHumanism/

Or meetup.com,

http://www.meetup.com/DelawareHumanist/

Also, do you have G+?  I'm not on here too much.  I'm on G+ all the time though. :)

Comment by Stephen Zack on March 26, 2012 at 5:47pm

Wow, didn't even know about DE Association if Humanists, I was looking in Philly assuming DE didn't have much. That's what I get for assuming.

I'm definitely going to look into it, sounds like a great group.

 

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