You are cordially invited to attend an interfaithless gathering on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Orange County, California from 3:00-10:00pm.
Come mingle with ex-christians, ex-mormons, ex-jews, ex-jehovah's witnesses and more. The purpose of the gathering is to celebrate our shared walk away from our prior religion. Whether our background is Scientology, Judaism, or anything else, we have a lot in common and there is a lot to gain by gathering together. This event is being promoted at various places online. At the last beach event I organized, there was about 40 people in all. I expect more this time.
What's in it for you?
The beach. Barbecued ribs prepared by me (the ribs will be ready to eat around 6:00pm). The company of awesome people. Leaving religion can be a scary and lonely road. By coming together we realize our strength and build a community outside of our prior religion.
What's the catch?
There is no catch. Come hang out at the beach, eat some food, mingle with interesting people, and enjoy a fire at night. The cook (me) will be buying and barbecuing the ribs and while no one will be required to pay, if you slip a tip into the cook's pocket, he will look the other way. :-)
What do I have to do?
YOU MUST RSVP. We won't know until the morning of the event what spot on the beach we'll be at. On the morning of the event, I will send a private message to everyone who has RSVP'd to let them know what spot on the beach we are at. There are over 200 fire pits on the beach, so you will need to know which one we are at. If you don't RSVP, you won't know. Again, YOU MUST RSVP.
What do I need to bring?
You don't have to bring anything but if you'd like to bring a side dish, non-alcoholic drinks, or dessert to share, that would be great. If you'd like to bring something, please let me know what you'll bring.
What else do I need to know?
Parking at the beach is $15 cash only. If driving from the north on the PCH, the parking entrance is at the first street light south of Warner. If driving from the south on PCH, the parking entrance is at the first street light north of Seapoint. You can’t miss it.
Also, pets and alcohol are not allowed on the beach.
Why are you doing this?
After I mentally exited from my prior religion (Mormonism), a year passed and I had never met face-to-face with another person who left Mormonism. So I planned an event for exmormons and people showed up. Meeting with others like me opened up a whole new world in my post-religious life. Suddenly, I knew others like me existed in my area and they were normal, good, interesting people and the kind of people I was excited to be in a community with. But Mormonism is not unique. People leave other religions for the same fundamental reasons people leave Mormonism. Regardless of religious background, we have a lot in common and a lot to gain by gathering together.
The Bottom Line Saturday, May 31st. Bolsa Chica State Beach. Food. Fun. Fire. Cool people. The beach. RSVP by leaving a comment here or sending me a PM.