Atheists and Christians are coming together to raise funds for the Drumm Farm Center for Children, a Kansas City-based foster and adoptive care resource center.
The Kansas City Atheist Coalition (KCAC) and members of Abundant Life, a church in Lee’s Summit, will compete in a friendly volleyball tournament. The games will involve six teams of six players each, ending with an all-star atheist vs. an all-star Christian playoff.
The tournament will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Abundant Life, 414 Persels Road. Admission is $5. All proceeds will go to Drumm Farm.
“Ed Croteau of Abundant Life invited members of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition to a skeptics Q&A at the church earlier this year,” said Sarah Hargreaves, president of KCAC. “Those who attended enjoyed fiery but respectful conversation. Since then, members of both our groups have remained in contact primarily via a Facebook group devoted to discussing issues of faith, Christianity and religion in general.”
Croteau said that “while members of the group remain deeply divided on many philosophical and theological issues, people genuinely seem to like each other. The mood of the group goes from very heavy to very light in a matter of minutes sometimes.”
Hargreaves added that the idea of a Christian vs. atheist volleyball tournament “was originally presented as a joke, I think. But it immediately gained traction in the group, so Ed and I started putting plans together and decided to include a fundraiser for a worthy cause. Someone in the group suggested Drumm Farm, and everyone agreed it was a great choice.”
Croteau said he was “really excited” about the fundraiser, adding, “I think this is a great opportunity for people to see atheists and Christians coming together to do good in our community. I think the tournament will also be a lot of fun. We are all anxious to see who will have bragging rights in the Facebook group.”
The Drumm Farm Center for Children provides a stable, nurturing environment for children in foster care and helps keep siblings together in times of family transition. It also offers programs and services to help children and families overcome emotional, physical, financial, educational, housing and life challenges.