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Talk about ideas seriously.

Live ethical & fulfilling lives without the supernatural.

Think it is more important that we can live together than that we all agree.

See democracy as an ideal worth living up to.

Believe science and reason lead to more reliable knowledge than faith.

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The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.
2008 was a phenomenally successful year for the Secular Student Alliance. Most notably, our December affiliate count was 40% higher than in January. By the end of 2008, we had 129 active campus affiliate groups spanning twelve countries.

What sort of projects can you expect to see from our affiliates? Our 2008 Year-End Activity Report contains detailed information about all of SSA's projects and progress in 2008.

New Orleans service project

For example, the Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers (AAF) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign exemplified what a successful secular campus group can accomplish with its charity project. Eleven members of the AAF, along with nineteen members of the school's Campus Crusade for Christ group, went to New Orleans to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. For this, the AAF was presented with the 2008 Best Service Project award. Chris Calvey, a member of the group who went to New Orleans on behalf of AAF, had this to say about the trip:

"We were able to spend a lot of time interacting with Christian students from all over the country. Many were happy, impressed, or even shocked to find out that we were atheists. After getting to know one another, it became apparent to both sides that it's possible to put aside our philosophical differences and work together for a greater good. If we want to improve the images of atheism in this country, I can think of no better way to do it than by volunteering alongside those who might disagree with us."

The AAF's service project is just one example of SSA's success in 2008. In addition, we witnessed several articles about our groups reported in the media, hosted a successful joint conference with the American Humanist Association, and worked with passionate interns in our Albany, NY, headquarters over the summer. More detail -- along with the full list of the SSA's "Best" award winners -- can be found in our 2008 Year-End Activity Report.

The Secular Student Alliance exists to support the activities of groups like the Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers at UIUC. If you're impressed with what one group can do, think of the impact we can have with 129 active, enthusiastic affiliates promoting secular values on campuses everywhere. And you can make our groups even stronger.

Please consider making a donation now using our secure online credit card process. (Or, if you prefer, use the links in the sidebar to create a recurring monthly donation or to contribute via U.S. Mail.) In these financially challenging times, your gift is more important than ever. As an independent organization, the Secular Student Alliance relies entirely on donations from atheists, agnostics, humanists, and others who want to safeguard the future of secularism. You are a critical part of that future.

We want to thank you for supporting the SSA last year. With your continued help, the SSA and our campus groups can celebrate even more success stories in 2009.

August E. Brunsman IV, Executive Director
Secular Student Alliance

Student Atheists, Freethinkers Welcome Harvard Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein As Chair of National Advisory Board


Greg EpsteinThe Secular Student Alliance (SSA) is proud to announce that Greg M. Epstein, the Humanist Chaplain of Harvard University, has been named Chair of the SSA Academic Advisory Board, joining such renowned nonbelievers as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Wendy Kaminer, and Michael Shermer. Mr.

Richard Dawkins March 2009 Tour


Richard DawkinsThe Secular Student Alliance, the Center for Inquiry and Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science are proud to announce Richard Dawkins 2009 Tour! The celebrated biologist and atheist will be speaking at four universities in the midwest during the first half of March.

Update: The Oklahoma University event has been moved to a larger venue!

Update: Tickets are now on sale for the University of Minnesota event!

Dr. Richard Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularized the gene-centered view of evolution. Since then, he has written eight books touching on such topics as religion, terrorism, evolution, creationism, and the relationship between science and art. His 2006 New York Times best seller, The God Delusion, sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 31 languages. During the four-stop tour, Dr. Dawkins will discuss "The Purpose of Purpose":

Op-Ed: Praise for Obama's recognition of non-believers


Obama's InaugurationThis op-ed piece was published on January 22, 2009 in The Stanford Daily, an independent publication at Stanford University.


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