The official blog of University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists, & Agnostics


1) What does SASHA mean?

SASHA stands for Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists & Agnostics. We are the only expressly secular student group at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, representing secularists among a student population of over 34,000 people.

2) Where do you meet?

This spring we meet every Tuesday at 6pm in Strickland Hall, Room 117.

During the summer, we merge with the Columbia Atheists group, meeting at 7 PM on Wednesdays.

3) Are you open to religious people, too?

Yes. Several of our regular members are religious. We love to hear all sorts of perspectives. Most of our members are formerly religious, too. Any member is welcome to volunteer to give a presentation about a topic of their choosing, as scheduling allows. While we are not looking for preaching or sermonizing during our meetings, we are VERY open to guided discussion or presentations about the content, character, or history of any religion or religious book, as well as any other books or topics related to science, reason, and secular values.

4) What do you do at your meetings?

During the school year, we usually have some sort of TED-style presentation about a scientific, philosophical, or historical topic, followed by discussion. We also have game nights (Cards Against Humanity, anybody?), watch YouTube clips relevant to the group, and set aside time to get to know each other.

During the summers, we merge with the Columbia Atheists group, and at these meetings, we have dinner & drinks, and discuss current events, politics, philosophy, scientific concepts, and anything else that interests us. We are very open to newcomers!

5) Why should I join your group?

Many of our members desire to be part of a group because it’s human nature to get together with people who have something in common with you. In this way, we’re sort of like any other social group—we are all friends here, and enjoy each others’ company. There are also practical reasons for being part of a group like ours—one of the advantages of joining a group of people who value science, reason, and critical thinking is that we have among our membership some of the brightest and most-educated people on the Mizzou campus. If you need help understanding a specific point about philosophy, physics, biology, economics, anthropology, medicine, etc, chances are good that one or more of our members has an expert knowledge of this and can help you.

Our group also has a lot of fun. We spend a lot of time laughing, discussing riveting topics in politics & current events, and expanding our minds through challenging debate & discussion.

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