Welcome

The Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association (RRNA) fosters in-person community for people in the Richmond, Virginia area who do not believe in the supernatural.  We are a diverse group of individuals who share a naturalistic view of the world.  Our group meets at least three times a month (see our Events page for details).  We welcome newcomers; if you have or are considering a naturalistic perspective, we’d love to meet you.


Naturalism

Naturalism is the perspective that nothing supernatural exists.  Most naturalists rely on science as the best guide to what exists and believe that everything is physical.  Many atheists, humanists, skeptics, freethinkers, and Buddhists are thoroughly naturalistic in their perspective.


Join Us

Often people who are atheist, agnostic, humanist, or freethinking find that their families, friends, and neighbors don’t share their views.  RRNA allows those of us who are non-believers and skeptics to connect with each other.  This provides us with:

  • a sense of community
  • a “safe” place to voice our views
  • validation of our beliefs
  • an opportunity for discussion and learning
  • a chance to meet like-minded people

If you have any questions or would like more information about RRNA, please contact us.  We hope to see you soon!


Featured Event

Unless indicated otherwise, all RRNA events are intended for people who have or are considering a naturalistic perspective.  Newcomers are welcome.

Topical Discussion:  Shall We Proselytize?

 

Monday, October 16th @ 6:00 p.m.
Gayton Library
10600 Gayton Road
Richmond, Virginia

We will be in the large meeting room to the left after you enter the library.

 


Agenda
6:00 – Social time
6:30 – Topical Discussion
8:00 – More social time


Topic
Naturalists can be different from many religious people.  This may be significant to naturalists because religious people are an important part of the electorate that determines the laws that affect everybody, including non-believers.

While many believers feel compelled to proselytize, we often want to educate them and change their convictions. Is this a reasonable and feasible goal? Are there opportunities for those of us who are naturalists to change religious minds on any issues that are important to us?  With this event, we pose this question to Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association.  If this conversation gives us a sense of direction, we may wish to begin or promote efforts to dialogue with people who are religious.  What strategy might we use if we did pursue such an engagement?  What means would be the most economical, in terms of the best use of our time for the greatest effect?  Is there any psychology to consider in choosing a strategy?

Religious people are all individuals, so it would make sense that somehow our approach to conversations would adapt to and appreciate who they are individually.

The facilitators for this exploratory meeting will be RRNAers Peter Uetz and Bryan Tunnell.

We will consider with you possibilities of welcoming religious people to dialogue at a follow-up meeting.

 

Special Event

Unless indicated otherwise, all RRNA events are intended for people who have or are considering a naturalistic perspective.  Newcomers are welcome.

Meet and Greet:  RRNA Orientation

 

Tuesday, October 24th @ 6:00 p.m.
LIbbie Mill Library
2100 Libbie Mill East Street
Henrico, Virginia

We will be in the large meeting room on the first floor.

 



NEWCOMERS WELCOME!

We will have a potluck during which you will have a chance to mix with others who attend or are interested in Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association.  Newcomers can meet each other as well as meet the folks who have been with RRNA for a while.

There will be a brief presentation on Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association to familiarize you with the organization.

When you RSVP, it would be helpful to also post a note letting us know what (if anything) you plan to bring for the potluck.  We welcome food, beverages, plates, cups, whatever you’d like to contribute.  You can RSVP on the MeetUp page for this event.

Don’t want to bring anything?  Don’t let that prevent you from coming.  Getting a chance to meet each other is the most important thing!