It’s now August and the summer is almost over. Soon it will be time to head back to school, and into my busy schedule of volunteering and planning and attending events. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m also a bit nervous. On one hand, I get to meet many new and interesting people and learn many new things. On the other, I have to deal with being stressed from classes, lacking enough time in the day, and people not putting in their fair share of the work. Oh, and there’s the anxiety disorder to deal with.
I’m partially anxious about the people. I’m an open atheist and, well, it is an interfaith club. I risk getting harassed on both sides: by atheists and theists. So far most people think the idea of an interfaith club that is run by an atheist is novel. But I have been told that I corrupt theistic spaces by a fellow student. And many theists and atheists are against interfaith. I’m interested to see what will happen, but it’s impossible to not also be nervous.
However, the club is looking to be quite active so far. We will be doing biweekly meetings and we will be doing some volunteer work and joining certain religious groups for certain events. So far, we have been discussing trips to the Unitarian church and the Secular church. He have also been invited to a Muslim prayer. One where the men and women aren’t segregated from one another. With any luck, we’ll even get to participate in a heathen event. Those four events will likely fill our fall semester, but we are looking for similar events for our winter semester. We are also unsure of who we should volunteer with. We may set up some booths for certain causes, or we may just find places looking for volunteers. I will be busy planning and pulling off events, but it should be a lot of fun.