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Author – Kennedy Karuga, Chief Editor, AIK
We had our first meeting on Saturday, 31 January, 2015, at the Apple Green Restaurant on Koingange Street. Being the first meeting of the year, it was an important episode as far as the society’s activities for the remainder of the year go. Foremost on the agenda was the society’s ongoing registration which the Interim President, Harrison Mumia, affirmed will be complete in about a fortnight. The registration of Atheists in Kenya as a society carries significant
benefits, many of which were discussed at length during the meeting.
Over and above giving AIK greater authority to voice its opinion on contemporary issues, registration also opens the doors to greater pecuniary assistance from both domestic and foreign sources. As every member is certainly aware, funding has been the group’s most serious challenge over the last three years. A dearth of funds has made it implausible to attempt to carry out any major projects. AIK’s
registration, when wrapped up, will alleviate this problem and enable us- for the first time- to carry out projects of greater moment. Given the enormity of the task that lies before us, the importance of being able to take on major projects cannot be overstated.
The meeting also afforded an opportunity for the members to collectively hash out the society’s constitution. The constitution is indispensable to the society as it creates a sturdy framework for rational organization, decision-making, leadership, and management of the treasury. The constitution is available on-demand on the society’s website.
Harrison Mumia’s presentation on the historicity of Jesus was the final item on the timeline. Mumia explored the historical context of the period of Jesus’ supposed existence, comparing the biblical accounts of this period with accounts drawn from non-biblical sources. It was an eye-opening presentation that would give way to an interesting and heated Q&A session.
The meeting wrapped up with a prolonged ice-breaking and photo session. The turn-out at Saturday’s meeting was impressive, as was the general tone of the debate and discussions. I came away feeling that 2015 will be a year of tremendous achievement for AIK.
Our next meeting fall on the 28th of February, 2015.
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