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How To Have A Well Run Humanist Group (Part 1)

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People having a meetingThe point of this blog is to provide an online Humanist community, but I also think that there is a place for local Humanist groups. I’ve been a member and a leader of a group off and on for more than twenty years. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. Here are some tips and things to look for in a well run Humanist group.
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Humanism Has A Broad Purpose

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A hand reaching out to another handOne area of Humanism that generates discussion and comment within the movement is what is the scope of our worldview. Should we try to solve all the problems we see in the world or should we focus on only a few narrow concerns? One primary purpose is opposing religion but a debate shows up when one wants to go beyond that one issue. Humanism should and does have a ‘broad purpose’ because humans solving human problems is a broad topic and religion could even be connected tangentially to those problems.
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Soyinka: Moderate Religious Leaders May Be Liable For Sectarian Hatred If They Have Failed To Argue Against It

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image of Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka
Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka

When I’ve had discussions about religion and the bad parts of religion with some of my liberal religious friends, I point out that I don’t hear their leaders speaking out against the bad actions made in their religion’s name. If they fail to speak out against the extremism, it gives their religions a black eye. Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka seems to agree with me.
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Resources – Groups – Websites

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One this page find links to recommended resources, groups related to Humanism, and links to liked minded websites.

General Information and Research

Corliss Lamont Website – Wrote an introductory book about Humanism titled “The Philosophy of Humanism” which is available as a digital download from the website.

Wikipedia entry for ‘Secular humanism’ – General information about secular humanism.

Humanist Manifesto I (1933) – The document that started the modern Humanist movement. It sets the basic principles of Humanism.

Humanist Manifesto II (1973) – An updated document describing details of the basic principles of Humanism.

A Secular Humanist Declaration (1980) – The first document that spelled out the principles of secular humanism which is different than the Humanism setup in the first Manifesto. Secular humanism ditches not only the supernaturalism of Theism but also the institutions and rituals of Theism that Religious humanism tend to retain.

Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call For A New Planetary Humanism (2000) – Updated version of “A Secular Humanist Declaration”

The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles – Another statement of secular humanist principles.

Humanism And Its Aspirations (aka Humanist Manifesto III) (2003) – An update of the Humanist Manifesto last updated in 1973.

Amsterdam Declaration (2002) – Statement of Humanist principles issued by the International Humanist and Ethical Union

National and International Humanist Groups

International Humanist and Ethical Union
American Humanist Association
Council for Secular Humanism
British Humanist Association
Humanist Canada | Humaniste Canada
Institute for Humanist Studies – A Humanist think tank

Like Minded Groups & Sites- Includes and supports Humanism among other non-theists

American Atheists
Atheist Alliance International – a global federation of atheist and freethought groups and individuals.
Atheism Plus – a group of atheists who support the same social justice issues Humanists do but who don’t want to use the label “Humanism”.
Freedom From Religion Foundation – promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to non-theism.
NNFR (No Need For Religion) – wishes to encourage a non-religious, humanist and secular understanding of the world.
Secular Coalition for America – a political advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States.
Secular Student Alliance – focus on developing a supporting secular student groups on college and high school campuses.
Secular Web – One of the first websites focused on non-theism started in 1996 by the Internet Infidels
Secular Woman – its mission is to amplify the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women.
Temple of the Future – a home for constructive Humanist thought and commentary, a place where people can explore complex ethical, existential, spiritual, and cultural questions with rigor but without judgment.
The United Coalition of Reason – a nonprofit national organization that helps local nontheistic groups work together to achieve higher visibility, gain more members, and have a greater impact in their local areas.
The Celebrity Atheist List – collected list of famous people who have publicly expressed their lack of religion.