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.

  • It’s Time To Talk: Join Us for a Group Discussion!

    September 21 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Jefferson Parish Library – East Bank Regional Library

    We haven’t held our Group Discussion program in a long while, so we’re overdue for this fun and informative event! It’s one of our most popular themes which allows everyone to have direct conversations and learn about the opinions and perspectives of your friends at NOSHA. Questions and topics will be determined and posted at a later date.

  • Join the Unholy Strollers for the NO/AIDS Walk 2019

    September 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Woldenberg Park

    This is a popular annual event for the NOSHA community and who can’t use a good walk with friends for a very good cause? We will set up a team page where you can sign up and/or donate to our group soon.

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

On NOSHA @ 20, and Living On

Even it its early years, the collective and evolving group of individuals of the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association was already developing an ethic of action—working together and getting things done to make its ideology known and its principles something to be reckoned with— owing in no small to the commitment of  its first president Harry Greenberger and other founding and early members. In this c-Span video from 2002, Greenberger shares some of the accomplishments of our small-group organization, and…

Positive News: Christianity is on the Decline in America

    The trend of the changing religious landscape in the United States began in the 1980s. The country is the Christian hub of the West with an unprecedented influence of church into politics. In 1990,  88 percent of Americans identified as Christians but since, that percentage has been been in decline. By 2007, it was 77 percent and by 2016 it reached a historic low of 69 percent with only 62 percent belonging to church congregations.   This shift…

Secular Spirituality: A Misnomer?

It would be difficult to deny that many of our fellow humans have experienced a mental state in reaction to an event external to themselves that they would classify, for lack of another term, as spiritual. (It would be equally difficult to overlook that the word, and its derivation spirituality, are often overused, or exaggerate the actual mental state the user experiences—remember what happened to “awesome”?) But what is a spiritual experience, anyway? This mental state may also be described…


The Humanist Perspective