What we’re about
Are you a racialized person (visible minority) in Kelowna that is also an atheist/agnostic? Do you feel a need to talk to similar people about the intersection of culture, perceived race, being the other, and non-belief with a community of empathetic people?
What is a racialized person in Canada? A racialized person is someone subject to perceptions of racial characteristics through an intensely social and cultural process in Canada.
Being racialized in Canada is being constantly reminded that you are different because you aren’t part of the predominant white society.
Race as an imperial and capitalist construct invented hundreds of years ago, has never been about skin color alone, it is about perceptions of worth, ability, intelligence, and exploitability. Being racialized is being subjected to these perceptions, good and bad, from a dominant majority, without your consent.
What is an atheist/agnostic? An atheist is someone who does not believe in the existence of god or gods. It is a lack of belief in gods. Agnosticism is about holding the view that any ultimate reality (such as God) is unknown and probably unknowable on a broad level. An agnostic is someone who is not committed to believing in the existence or nonexistence of a god or gods.
Why do we want to meet? We want to meet because being racialized as a visible minority in Canada and being an atheist/agnostic can alienate us from multiple communities. That is why we want to create a group/community space to share our experiences, socialize, educate, and learn from each other.
This is a separate but associated meeting group especially for visible minority atheists and agnostics to explore the interesection between culture, being the other and non-belief.
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Kelowna Atheists, Skeptics and Humanists Association is a non-partisan body that seeks to foster a secular community guided by reason, science, freedom of inquiry and humanistic values.
We are a community of freethinking people who put on events, workshops, conferences and work to promote critical thinking and evidence based reasoning in Kelowna and in the Okanagan for greater community and cooperation.
At KASHA we focus on these areas:
1. Human Rights
4. Secular Humanism
In all of these areas, we work to promote a scientific and secular humanist life stance, one that challenges established norms and customs and one that believes in the freedom of all individuals to ask important questions about life, nature and the world around them.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
Statement of Values and Principles