MAYFAIR — A billboard along the Edens Expressway is out to recruit atheists.
The Interstate 94 billboard reads, "Don't believe in God? Join us!"
The billboard was posted this month by the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago in a bid to recruit new members.
"We want to let nonbelievers know that we have a long-established, welcoming community here in the Chicago area that is dedicated to reason," said Lisa Crowe, spokeswoman for the society.
"We would like to encourage Chicagoland's nonbelievers, whether they identify as humanists, atheists or agnostics, to join us at our meetinghouse for our fascinating and informative Sunday morning programs, to check out our secular Sunday school and to consider using our officiants for weddings, memorials and baby namings," Crowe said. "And we welcome all to participate in our community's social and community-service activities."
The group holds regular weekly meetings at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie.
Founded in 1882, the Chicago society is a "self-governing, inclusive, caring community providing a home to those who seek a rational, compassionate philosophy of life without regard to belief or nonbelief in a supreme being," according to the group's self-definition.
It is a chapter of the American Humanist Association and a member of the American Ethical Union, a national network of Ethical Humanist communities.
The billboard, which the society says has been bought for the month of January, can be seen from the northbound Edens near the Wilson Avenue exit, just past the divide with the Kennedy Expressway.
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