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NaNoCon is a yearly gathering for all of us happy heathens living in the Bible Belt. We do it in Tennessee because duh, Nashville is awesome, and because, well, here’s where it started! There's typically not a lot here in the South for us non-religious types, so we figured we'd just have to start something ourselves. Our first event was on March 5, 2016, and over 400 people showed up from a 6 state region, so we decided to keep it going. Now, in 2022 we're finally back in person, so get ready for NaNoCon 5!
We call it the Nashville "Nones" Convention -- this refers to the answer people like us give on surveys when asked to select our religious preference, and we pick "None of the above." Turns out there are actually quite a lot of us... one in four, maybe more. In fact, according to the survey people at Pew Research, apparently we're the fastest-growing group in the country, by far. So, there might as well be something like this, by us and for us, to help us get connected.
Five years later, what started out as just a good idea among friends has since become a thing that has helped a lot of people get connected, support each other’s journeys, and share experiences, ideas, and high fives.
Check it out, spread the word, let's build something cool!
What we do:
The Nashville Nones Convention creates a uniquely needed annual gathering where non-religious people can meet up, share new ideas and good values, and build a supportive community right in the middle of the Bible Belt. NaNoCon brings together top notch secular speakers and welcoming, religion-free community support. We try to keep tickets at a price that is accessible for all, especially those who aren't inclined to travel and pay $200-300 for a major national conference. We aim to be an approachable first experience for anyone who might just be checking things out and trying to figure out what being good without gods is all about.
How it all gets paid for:
We cover the event's expenses thanks to ticket sales, our awesome sponsors, and the generous donations of supporters just like you! We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so all contributions are tax-deductible. We are also 100% volunteer-run, and no one gets any compensation for the time they invest. Also, many speakers generously keep their expenses to a minimum to help us save on costs. We strive to maintain open records and financial transparency.
We also try to keep ticket prices as low as possible to make participation accessible for any and everyone who wants to experience it. NaNoCon truly is a community effort, and your support makes that possible! If you would like to make a donation in support of this community you can do so on our Support page - any amount is helpful and very much appreciated!