Over the weekend, there was a devastating earthquake in Ecuador. As of this writing, more than 270 people have died, more than 2,500 people have been injured, and the horrors seems to grow larger by the hour.
I’ve posted several times about the group “Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless” and their various giveaways over the years. It’s a wonderful, local, volunteer-led effort to help those less fortunate, and it’s amazing how far they can stretch their donations.
Over the years, they’ve expanded to different cities. And now, after looking at the kind of work they’re doing and the kind of people they’re helping, they’ve decided to do a little rebranding.
They’re now called “Austin Humanists at Work.”
Longtime readers of this site know that the Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and the Non-Religious group on microlending website Kiva is among the most popular on the site. We have loaned out more money than any other group and given out the most loans total. (The Kiva Christians come in second in both categories.)
But the atheists deserve another round of applause today because they just surpassed an astonishing $25 million in total loans made:
This is a little belated but what a wonderful story.
On Christmas, Asheville (North Carolina) resident Angelica Jasso extended an open invitation to anyone in her community to drop on by her home to get a hot, fresh, free meal.
She was compelled to do that because, as an atheist, she knew God wasn’t about to fill anyone’s stomach.
As much as I dislike church-sponsored mission trips, especially short-term ones that don’t really help people in developing countries (but make for a great photo-op), I have to admire the way some Christians are willing to go overseas in order to help people they’ve never met. Even if proselytizing is included in the mix, those trips can make a big difference.
Conor Robinson wanted to create an atheist version of a mission trip — minus the proselytizing — and that’s why he began the Humanist Service Corps, a project of Foundation Beyond Belief. He’s currently leading a team in Ghana for his second stint overseas, and he’s looking for team members to join him beginning this summer.
He was kind enough to answer my questions about his work.