What is The Week of Action
The Secular Week of Action is a call to secular communities across the country to put their secular values into action. Local secular organizations across the diverse nontheistic spectrum — atheists, agnostics, Ex-Muslims, freethinkers, humanists, skeptics, and many more who make up the one-in-four Americans unaffiliated with religion — come together to demonstrate our shared commitment to making this world, here and now, a better place. During this inspiring week, participating organizations buckle down and do the work that matters, taking social, political, and charitable actions that make a positive impact on their community.
Why a Week of Action?
We demonstrate our values more powerfully by performing acts of service, education, and solidarity than by praying or abstaining from prayer. From a secular perspective, praying and not praying have the exact same empirical outcome. The National Day of Prayer does more than attempt to change the world through appeals to divine authority. The Day of Prayer is itself a call to unity on the part of the religious right in America. The Week of Action is also a call to unity but, whereas the Day of Prayer is exclusive, the Week of Action is radically inclusive of anyone who wishes to participate.
A Week of Action is also a positive response to aggressive religious intrusion into our common public life. Rather than simply saying “no” to prayer, we have a chance to say “yes” to positive action.
Give back and serve
Feed the Hungry
Pack and serve meals for people experiencing homelessness
Beautify your community
Clean up your local highway, park, or neighborhood
Show your appreciation for those serving in the military through civilian outreach
Organize a book drive for a local library, literacy organization, or shelter
Host a fundraiser
Raise money for a local charity with a bake sale, raffle, or silent auction
Do your civic duty
Change hearts and minds
Center the stories that aren't being heard
Find common ground and shared values with faith allies
Express your values creatively through a film screening, performance, or interactive street art