In a world full of churches and churchgoers, many atheists and non-believers often feel they don’t have a community place to gather, learn, and socialize. Now a group of enterprising Denver atheists have satisfied that desire.
The Secular Hub opened its doors in February 2013 to be an educational and social center for the local secular community. Located on the corner of 31st Ave. and Downing St., it’s a 501(c)(3) membership-based nonprofit, where their goals are to bring the community together, learn, and to help others. Though membership based, The Hub is not exclusionary. Walk-ins have been known to visit occasionally, for example. They have hosted several luminaries such as Seth Andrews, the host of the popular website and podcast, The Thinking Atheist; and Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion. They are also involved in public outreach to dispel myths and prejudices concerning people without faith. One such example is that the organization had a booth at this year's People's Fair. Their social events include movie nights every week and community hangouts.
Often The Secular Hub opens its doors for general use to its members, such as every Tuesday for "Work from the Hub Day." Secular Hub President David Fangrow says it's a place people can use to work, study, network, or simply enjoy the company of others. On a typical Tuesday between 5-10 people come throughout the day to work on their various projects. The eventual goal is to have The Hub open every day for general use, not just on Tuesdays. Fangrow, who works in Network Operations, uses the space to conduct Hub business and work on job projects. He says that he enjoys the comradery and helps him get out of the rut of day-to-day work. It's a place that's secure, central, environmentally-controlled, and with easy access to light rail, he says.
More information on the organization can be found at www.secularhub.com.