The Community of Reason (COR) has been recognized as an official 501(c)3 nonprofit!

Saturday March 2 2019 12 00 AM

The Community of Reason: Atheists and Humanists of Ohio and Kentucky was created in January 2019 with the goal of providing a network of support and secular opportunities to the non-religious in the area based on our shared values. Through monthly planning meetings, the leadership team, known as the Village Council, worked together with several members who provided valuable input into the development of our COR values, mission and vision.

The Community of Reason (COR) has been recognized as an official 501(c)3 nonprofit! 

The Community of Reason: Atheists and Humanists of Ohio and Kentucky was created in January 2019 with the goal of providing a network of support and secular opportunities to the non-religious in the area based on our shared values.  Through monthly planning meetings, the leadership team, known as the Village Council, worked together with several members who provided valuable input into the development of our COR values, mission and vision.  

Our COR values are at the center of everything we do.  Integrity incorporates transparency, honesty, truthfulness, accountability, decency, justice, sincerity, and a commitment to our supporters and community. Equality includes acceptance, open-mindedness, fairness, equitability, egalitarianism, and nondiscrimination. Curiosity incorporates our love of science, advocacy for evidence based policies, continuous learning, challenging biases, critical thinking, and understanding for our world and the issues we face as a society. Compassion includes  empathy, service to others, patience, selflessness, self-care, and kindness.

We envision a secular society that values science, reason, integrity, compassion and true equality for everyone. Our mission is to create, mobilize and empower a thriving secular community to make a positive difference.

Over the next few months, the Village Council will continue to solicit feedback and encourage discussions with the community through planning meetings, surveys, and online discussions.  Topics will include bylaws, voting processes, and policies that will allow us to create a strong foundation to build a lasting secular organization that reflects our shared values and goals. 

Although now officially a board of directors, the leadership team will continue to be referred to as the Village Council. This term more accurately reflects that we are part of the community and value the contributions of everyone. 

The Village Council, and initial Community of Reason board consists of:

  • Bob Hermann is one of the primary organizers for the March for Science Cincinnati and organizes the monthly Science on Tap program. Bob brings his marketing and advertising expertise to the group. 
  • Chris Powell has been active in the secular community since 2015 when he came out as an atheist.  He combines his wealth of knowledge in technology with his desire to normalize atheism through interfaith outreach in his role as Vice President - Technology and Outreach. 
  • Dan Dusa has been active within the secular community since 2013.  His favorite causes include separation of church and state, as well as Planned Parenthood.
  • Desiree Willis has a passion for women’s rights, women’s history and is an avid hiker.  She brings her 10+ years of experience as an organizer for Tri-State Hiking club to the group     and will serve as Treasurer for the organization. 
  • Donna Hermann was a rockstar canvasser in the latest midterms, advocating for issues that are important to her.  Donna will be helping with advocacy and will also serve as the Secretary for the organization.
  • Jen Scott is a community organizer and grassroots activist and recipient of the 2018 Activist of the Year Award presented by American Atheists. Combining her 20+ years of IT and corporate management experience with her passion for advocacy, she will serve as President for the organization. 
  • Kyle Jarboe prefers to work behind the scenes and will lend his expertise in design and printing to his role as chair of the Branding committee.
  • Mandy Jarboe’s passion is connecting people to our community and letting them know they are not alone in their nonbelief. Active in the secular community since 2014, she will serve as Vice President - Community Engagement for the organization. 
  • Minna Rolfes-Adkins has been active in the secular community since 2014. As a busy hard-working parent in the legal field, she brings a valuable perspective to the board.
  • Nina Dusa will bring her talents as an artist to the organization, as well as her fresh perspective on being a leader in an organization.

COR is an affiliate of American Atheists and a chapter of the American Humanist Association. We look forward to continuing to build relationships locally with individuals and organizations and with our national partners who share our values and goals.

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