About Us

Founded in 2008, the Tri-City Freethinkers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community outreach organization serving the religion-free population of the Tri-Cities metropolitan area (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and West Richland) by bringing nonreligious community members together for support, education, and advocacy. We sponsor a range of social and educational events throughout the year including guest speakers from both the national secular movement and from our local/regional area. We provide opportunities for our members to engage with the broader community and elected officials and perform volunteer work in partnership with other local organizations.

We are a diverse group consisting of atheists, agnostics, skeptics, heathens, humanists, and pantheists; men and women; young, old, and in between; straight and LGBT; all ethnic and cultural heritages; highly educated to minimally educated; affluent and not; and people from all religious backgrounds and all ends of the political spectrum.

Affiliated with American Atheists and a member of the Mid-Columbia Coalition of Reason, the Tri-City Freethinkers offers a welcoming environment for nontheistic residents seeking relief from the religiosity of southeastern Washington.

View our amended bylaws here.

What is a Freethinker?

A Freethinker is a person who bases their understanding of the world on knowledge gained through the use of reason, science, and logic—independent of tradition, authority, or established belief. Freethinkers include atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, rationalists, skeptics, and others. No one can be a Freethinker who demands conformity to a bible, creed, or messiah. To the Freethinker, revelation is invalid and orthodoxy is no guarantee of truth.

Interested in becoming a member?

Annual dues are $30 per individual, or $50 per couple. Membership is active for one year from the date of payment. In addition to gaining voting rights, members are exempt from paying certain fees for special events. Other fees and merchandise may be discounted and additional benefits may be offered.

You can pay for dues by making a payment at Square. If you are paying for a membership for a couple, please provide the name of the additional member in the field that says “Add additional note to merchant.” You can also pay for dues by check or cash at any of our events.