FSM News

  • Disaster relief needed!

    A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for us to donate to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Freethought Society of the Midlands will be making a lump sum donation to the Foundation Beyond Belief's recovery efforts for the storm. The FBB's disaster relief arm was active in Columbia following the 2015 flooding.


    Donate here.

  • Recurring date change:

    Sandhill Rationalists

    Sandhill Rationalists will now meet on the second Monday of the month. For more information on this meeting visit our Regular Events page.

  • Charity opportunity!

    Atheists Helping the Humanists

    Please note that there is a new, recurring, charity opportunity for atheists in Columbia! Atheists Helping the Homeless, Columbia, was started in December and has monthly giveaways at Finlay Park on the 3rd Sunday of the month. For more information please visit their Facebook page. If you want to help by donating please check out their Amazon wishlist.

  • Venue changes:

    Please note these venue changes: Drinking Skeptically now meets at Arabesque on Divine, Lexington FSM now meets at Old Mill Brewpub. For more details and directions please visit our Regular Events page.

Regularly Occurring FSM Events

Here is a list of our regularly scheduled events. We offer a variety of different meetings each month spread across the Columbia metro area in an effort to serve the needs of as many freethinkers in the Midlands as possible. We strongly encourage people to join Meetup or Facebook and RSVP if they plan to attend—it helps us plan for seating—but this is, by no means, required. Joining one of these social media sites will also allow you to find out about any changes to individual events and other, specially scheduled, events. You can also check out the calendar or our upcoming events list on this website for actual dates of these events and any special events we have.

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Drinking Skeptically
First Friday of every month @ 7pm

Drinking Skeptically meets at Arabesque on Divine Street. This is a great time to come relax and meet fellow freethinkers from around the area! Some folks come to drink, some to eat, and some just to talk.
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Sandhill Rationalists
Second Monday of every month @ 7pm

The Sandhill Rationalists meet at 7pm on the second Monday of every month. We meet at Red Bowl Asian Bistro in The Village at Sandhill for dinner and lively discussion with other atheists and freethinkers from around the area.
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Science & Religion
Second Thursday of every month @ 7pm

Science & Religion is a discussion group type meeting. Sometimes we chose a book to read and discuss, sometimes we discuss suggested topics, and sometimes we just discuss whatever comes up. Even if we have chosen a topic we often will discuss many other things—so don't be afraid to come join us! We usually wrap up the official meeting around 9 and then head someplace for a late dinner. It's a great chance to discuss ideas involving science, religion, and philosophy with other freethinkers!

We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. Enter from Heyward St, go past the library (octagonal building) and through the double doors. We can usually be found in the first classroom in this hallway. There are often other groups using the facility, if you get turned around they should be able to point you in the right direction.
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FSM Monthly Meeting
Third Wednesday of every month @ 7pm

For our monthly FSM meeting we meet for dinner at Grecian Gardens on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. We are usually in a private room in the back, or in the bar area to the right as you go in. If you ask the hostess for the freethought group she can show you where to go!

As this is considered our main FSM meeting it is often our most well-attended meeting each month and offers a chance to get to know some of the freethinkers from the larger Midlands area.
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Lexington FSM
Fourth Tuesday of every month @ 7pm

If Sandhills and downtown Columbia are just a bit too far for you to travel, or there just aren't enough events for you already, we've got one in Lexington! Come join us at Old Mill Brewpub.
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UU Humanists
Fourth Thursday of every month @ 7pm

This is another discussion group meeting and topics usually center on secular humanism or related topics. A lot of the same faces from the Science & Religion meeting show up here and the format is very similar. We usually wrap up the official meeting around 9 and then head someplace for a late dinner.

We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. Enter from Heyward St, go past the library (octagonal building) and through the double doors. We can usually be found in the first classroom in this hallway. There are often other groups using the facility, if you get turned around they should be able to point you in the right direction.
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