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.

Panel Discussion:  Perspectives on Psychosis

 

Wednesday, November 29th @ 6:00 p.m.
North Courthouse Road Library
325 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, Virginia

We will be in the large meeting room.

 

 

 

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


Topic
Psychiatry defines psychosis as an abnormal condition of the mind involving a “loss of contact with reality.”  This event will include a panel of guests who have relevant lived and professional experience.  Their perspectives may upend your understanding of the concept of psychosis.  You also will learn about the prevalence of these psychological experiences, and about policies and professional practices that touch the lives of people who have them.

Our Panelists

  • Rhonda Thissen, MSWis Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia, also known as NAMI Virginia, a not-for-profit organization that advocates for access to effective mental health services and supports for individuals and families affected by mental illness.  Ms. Thissen earned a Master’s degree in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, and in her role as a social work policy practitioner, has worked for both public agencies and not-for-profit organizations on a wide range of issues, including promoting access to primary medical and behavioral health care, improving economic opportunities in underserved communities, developing and coordinating affordable housing and homeless services, domestic violence intervention, and HIV/AIDS care.  She is also an adjunct professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Bonnie Neighbor has served as the Executive Director of the Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership (VOCAL), the Virginia state-wide network of mental health consumers. She now designs and teaches classes on empowerment and recovery. She has been involved in the leadership of several mental health peer-run groups. And she has enjoyed her work on the Board of Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health.  Bonnie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Iowa State University. Bonnie was diagnosed with a severe mental illness in 1995 after a fifteen year period during which she worked over thirty jobs – sometimes no job at all, as she couldn’t leave her house.  Through acceptance and modeling of her peers who were working, and through their support, after nine years on disability Bonnie was able to go back to work.
  • Stephen Dawe is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Currently, he offers peer support to young adults facing a mental health challenge that can be labeled psychosis. He is also on the Governing Board of the Disability Law Center of Virginia. All opinions expressed are his own, and do not represent any organization he is employed by or affiliated with.