To say this weekend was amazing would be an absolute understatement.
I spent the day today at the California State Capitol, listening to amazing speakers and speaking with amazing organizations at California Freethought Day. Some of my favorite people were in attendance; Senator Richard Pan, Elbe Spurling, David Smalley, Ryan Bell, and other Atheist/Agnostic thinkers. It’s been organized for 16 years now by Davis Diskin, a local leader and business owner. He does an amazing job! Last year’s event was my first, and I just had to some back for more.
Freethought Day is an annual celebration of secular values and and a chance to connect with like-minded people. As atheists, we are often the only person in the room who does not agree with the status quo, and we are a distinct minority in the community, so finding these connections are a big part of knowing that we are not alone. I met people from Reason Center, Sunday Assembly, FFRF, Humanist Association, Americans United, American Atheists, Secular Student Alliance, among others. I wanted to join them all! I stuffed my canvas back with every flier offered to me and signed up for every email list. I even won a door prize of three of David Fitzgerald’s books, Jesus; Mything in Action, volumes 1, 2, and 3. I’m not familiar with these books, but I can’t wait to read them.
I was also fortunate enough to be able to attend the Supporter’s Reception on Saturday night. It gave me so many warm fuzzies to be able to have a few glasses of wine with people who had already made great strides in making the world a better place. Several times I found myself speaking at length with someone, and only finding later that they were a key person within their home organization. This kind of connection is terribly rare for an atheist. It was also the first time that I was able to say out loud, “I have a blog,” and to introduce myself as a blogger with a small audience. Some were even so kind as to follow me either here or on Twitter (Hi There!).
I can’t wait to experience it again and I’m so excited to have found this amazing community.