This summer I decided to start attending some functions with other people who may think like myself. Having lived in the Kansas City area for most of my life I had never gone looking for groups to attend. To my pleasant surprise I found a group that meets every Sunday on the University of Missouri Kansas City campus, my alma mater. If the group had been more publicized on campus while I attended school I may have joined earlier, but I'm happy all the same.
The group I attend is the skeptical religious studies group. We have been watching "Comparative Religion
By Professor Charles Kimball, University of Oklahoma"
A lecture series that covers, very broadly, the similarities and differences in major religions today. Professor Kimball leans toward the christian religion, he is a minister, but I have gained some new insight from the lecture series. Until last week I wasn't aware that the conflict between the two factions of islam began over a succession dispute. I hope to further expand my current knowledge and attend the rest of the course this summer, 12 Sundays in all.
Above all I'm really happy that I can go to a place and have a serious adult discussion about religion, atheism, politics, and all sorts of other topics of interest to me without feeling stigmatized.
If anyone else is interested go to http://www.kcfreethought.org/
They post all of the secular/skeptic/atheist parties and events in the Kansas city and surrounding areas. Feel free to come check it out!