Q: What is a freethinker?

A : A dictionary definition is a person who forms opinions on the basis of reason, independent of authority or tradition, especially a person whose religious opinions differ from established belief.

RAFT uses “freethinker” as an umbrella term for any person who identifies as atheist, agnostic, humanist, skeptic, secular, and/or nonreligious.

Q: Are you all atheists?

A: RAFT members include atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, secularists, and other nonreligious identities. We welcome people of any belief who want to participate in our activities in a positive way.

Q: What does RAFT do?

A: RAFT has three types of regularly occurring activities: educational, social, and community service.

Our primary educational activity is our monthly meeting (currently held outdoors or through Zoom, depending on the weather) which features speakers, presentations, and discussions. We also have a monthly book club.

Our social activities include movie night, happy hour, and coffee time.

Our community service activities include the Rochester Regional Science Fair (we fund prizes and provide judges), and the support of the United Way’s Running Start for School.

Q: How can I find the RAFT activity schedule?

A: It’s on our Meetup site.

Q: What is the cost to participate in RAFT?

A: Individual activities have no cost and are open to everyone. Annual membership is available with a $25 tax deductible donation.

Q: Will I be able to find RAFT on social media?

A: Yes. In addition to our Meetup site, RAFT maintains a private Facebook group.