Many of the free thought groups in the Kansas City area operate through the Meetup web site or Facebook. Some have independent web sites; but, in any case, most of them would be happy for you to check them out. If you operate a group dedicated free thought issues in the Kansas City area or know of one that is not listed and you would like it added, or, if you are the organizer of one of the listed groups and you would like the description of your group changed, please send an email request to Greg with all pertinent information. Descriptions should not be longer than three or four lines.
The Community of Reason has programs on most Sundays and presently meets at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Their programs cover a wide range of topics including free thought matters and other socially or politically pertinent issues.
The Freethinkers of Eastern Jackson County meet monthly for coffee and discussion. If you are interested in free thought and live in Independence, Blue Springs or anywhere in Eastern Jackson County, Missouri, this is the group for you.
The Freethinkers of Lee's Summit meet monthly, sometimes at a member's home and sometimes at a restaurant or coffee shop. If you are interested in free thought and live in Lee's Summit, Missouri, or nearby, this is the group for you.
The Kansas City Freethinkers of Color is to have fun while in the company of freethinking persons. Most of their events are not at a regular place or time. Rather, they get together at restaurants, bars, theaters and other places of entertainment.
Kansas City Oasis describes itself as a place for the non-religious to come together to celebrate the human experience. They meet on Sunday mornings and have other activities and events throughout the week. Links:
Provocateurs & Peacemakers is group of freethinkers and religious believers who meet to discuss issues involving both groups. They generally meet twice a month in Lenexa, Kansas, on Fridays. Generally, the first meeting is devoted to a topic that varies and the second meeting is a Lazy Readers Group in which participants briefly describe books or articles they have been reading.
Recovering from Religion is a group dedicated to helping those who are trying to deal with leaving religion behind - perhaps that would be isolation or loss of friends, fellowship, ritual or even of "family". The organization was begun by local Kansas City area author Darrel Ray (The God Virus) and numerous local groups have been organized around the country. Its national web site is http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org, Locally, the group has area meetings organized through the Meetup program. Following are links to the various local Meetups:
The Greater Kansas City Chapter of American United for Separation of Church and State is affiliated with the national group Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The local group is currenty inactive, but does have a Meetup web page and look for a reactivation of the group in the near future. If interested in being active in this group, contact the group's organizer.
The Kansas City Humanism Meetup sponsored a Humanism Study Group. They read and discussed various books or articles related to humanism in the fields of philosophy, neurology, anthropology, activism and other such topics.
The Skeptical Religion Study Group is not meeting at the present time, but may start up again soon. Theistically oriented religion studies usually assume that their religion is based upon "truths". This group does not assume that there are any 'truths" in the various religions, but instead examines the historicity of the various religions and whether they are useful to humans for guiding their interrelationships and lives. Scholastically competent sources are used.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety, also known as "Save OurSelves", provide a secular alternative to regliously based 12-step programs to counter addiction. While the name may inply only alcohol abuse this group deals with any addiction - alcohol, drug, eating, etc..