The New Orleans Secular Humanist Association is dedicated to raising the awareness of people of the Gulf Coast region to the ideals and values of secular humanism.

What is Humanism?

Humanists reject superstitious beliefs. Instead, we can make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared values. We can make the best of life by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, and choosing to take responsibility for our actions.

It is important to act morally towards others, not because of a divine imperative, but because people have inherent dignity. We have only one life, it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it well.

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Upcoming Events

Please see the NOSHA Calendar for all scheduled events.

  • Volunteering with Second Harvest Foodbank – September

    September 29 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm at Second Harvest Food Bank

    It’s time to volunteer again! One of our most popular and well-attended activities as a group has been working with the Second Harvest organization where we sort and box donated food for families in need in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. We are thankful for the efforts of NOSHA board member Glenn Pearl who has been our contact person, setting up our volunteer shifts and keeping us involved. √ The warehouse is not climate controlled so please dress accordingly.

  • NO/AIDS Walk 2018 — Join the Unholy Strollers!

    September 30 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am at Crescent Park

    This has become an annual event for NOSHA fans, and who can’t use a good walk now and then with friends, right? NOSHA member and local activist Dave Thomas will be our dependable captain this year. The money goes to a very good cause and we have a team page to make it official, so you can register ahead of time. You can sign up as a member of the team and/or donate here: The walk officially begins at

  • Last Supper Dinner Club – October

    October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at El Paso Mexican Grill

    We’re heading west, but not as far as Texas! Traditional Mexican cuisine is always enjoyable and fun and El Paso is really affordable and tasty to boot. Here’s the menu: • ImportantPlease keep us up to date on your ability to attend by using the RSVP function as soon as your plans change. It’s very helpful for us to know how many folks are joining us, not just for the restaurant seating, but for the folks on the waiting

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

When Charity Falls Short

In the August 26th edition of the, author Brody Armstrong brings up some interesting points about a current topic usually at, or near the top of everyone’s “Most Concerned About” list when pollsters send out its routine queries under that heading: health care. What differentiates Armstrong’s short analysis is the role social media, specifically the way the fundraising-for-profit GoFundMe app and others like it have worked themselves into the conversation about the current healthcare crisis.   “Why GoFundMe Isn’t the…

The Hard Truths of Scientism

—Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.     The Grand Design  Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.   —Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.   Carl Sagan   —Physical facts fix all the facts.   Alex Rosenberg   One making the claim that…

BOOK REVIEW– The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World

Readers interested in the early history of Christianity will enjoy historian Bart Ehrman’s latest book and bestseller, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World. The book focuses mainly on what happened, and why things happened the way the did, during the 4th century. In 301 CE, Christians were a small but visible minority within the Roman Empire, subject to persecution by decree of emperor Diocletian. By 399 Christianity was the official religion of the empire, and…


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