New Orleans Secular Humanist Association

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First Tuesdays: Spirituality In the City Speaker Series

  • When: Tuesday, December 01, 2015 @ 12:15 pm
  • Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA view map

"Humanism: Ethical, Secular and Good for Everyone"

NOSHA is honored to be invited to participate in this monthly program.

"People of all faiths (or none at all) are warmly invited to this annual interfaith series that promotes dialogue, mutual understanding, and collaboration on topics of spirituality. On first Tuesdays, October through May, local leaders initiate conversations about their spiritual traditions and address the theme, “Spirituality in the City.'"

First Tuesdays is co-sponsored by The Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Loyola Institute for Ministry, The Catholic Book Store, and Holy Name of Jesus Church. It is guided by an interreligious steering committee.  All presentations begin at 12:30 in Lenes Hall, the parish center of Jesuit Church, and includes a simple lunch that starts at 12:15. 

All are welcome. Admission is free. Parking is available at parking meters on the street as well as at the many downtown lots and garages. 


Last Supper Dinner Club

  • When: Thursday, December 03, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
  • Martin Wine Cellar, 3827 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA view map

It's the kind of place where you can dine, shop and sip - or all three. It's up to you! If you are looking for a last minute culinary holiday gift, this is the place. Lots of things to consider and lots of room to pull up another chair. If you haven't 

Please note that we have altered our starting time by 30 minutes due to rush hour traffic. New Orleans is just crazy with cars and it takes a lot longer at this time to get anywhere. The delay will be a huge help going forward.

As a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate as of the afternoon of this event.  


NOSHA Volunteers at Second Harvest

  • When: Saturday, December 05, 2015 @ 11:30 am
  • Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

NOSHA is returning to do one of our most popular volunteer activities and we're looking for people!

Please message volunteer organizer Glenn Pearl directly to confirm your participation.

A few things to understand before volunteering:

√   The work that you will be doing is in the warehouse packing food boxes OR in our cooler sorting and categorizing donated food product. We will be informed by their staff upon arrival.

√  Volunteer jobs are based on their current needs in and around the warehouse. Please come prepared to work in the warehouse or in the cooler (layers are recommended).

√  The warehouse is not climate controlled, so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. 

√  YOU MUST WEAR CLOSED TOE SHOES! Anyone wearing flip-flops or sandals will not be permitted to work the shift.

√  Cold water bottles are available for all volunteers.

√  Second Harvest is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items – please lock valuables in your car.

√  Please arrive on time and enter the building through the front door, remember to sign in and sign out and make a name badge.

√  If you need a letter or record for service hours, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator upon your arrival.

Parking is available directly in front of the building.


In Honor of Dr. Sagan

The November reading for  the NOSHA meeting by Connie Roeder Gordon Schultz (November 21, 2015)


In 1990 as Voyager 1 spacecraft sailed away from Earth, Ground Control issued a command that directed the craft to turn around and look back from its 4 billion mile vantage point and photograph all the planets it had passed leaving our solar system.

“From Voyager’s vast distance, the Earth was captured as an infinitesimal point of light, actually smaller than a single pixel of a photo.  The image was taken with a narrow angle camera lens, with the Sun quite close to the field of view.  Quite by accident, the Earth was captured in one of the scattered light rays caused by taking the image at an angle so close to the Sun."  Dr. Carl Sagan was quite moved by that pale blue dot in the photograph.

In 1994, Dr. Sagan published Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.

I want to read a couple of pertinent excerpts from that book, not only in honor of Dr. Sagan’s recent birthday, November 9, but also as we share in the recent atrocities that continue to wrack our tiny planet and ALL OF HUMANITY, all seven-plus billion of us, not just in Paris, or Beirut, or Syria, or in Nigeria, and just yesterday in Mali, or in a movie theater in Lafayette, or a community college in Oregon, or at a historically black church in South Carolina, but everywhere on our pale blue dot.
“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. 
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.  
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.  
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.  
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.” 

And one more excerpt . . .

Ann Druyan [Dr. Sagan’s wife] suggests an experiment: Look back again at the pale blue dot . . . . Take a good long look at it. Stare at the dot for any length of time and then try to convince yourself that God created the whole Universe for one of the 10 million or so species of life that inhabit that speck of dust. Now take it a step further: Imagine that everything was made just for a single shade of that species, or gender, or ethnic or religious subdivision. If this doesn’t strike you as unlikely, pick another dot. Imagine it to be inhabited by a different form of intelligent life. They, too, cherish the notion of a God who has created everything for their benefit. How seriously do you take their claim?”

NOSHA members sending donations to HSL!

NOSHA is collecting donations to help the Humane Society of Louisiana in their efforts to rebuild and recover from the horrific fire that destroyed their Tylertown shelter building. Animals lost their lives or are recovering from injuries and several employees lost  many personal belongings and will struggle with getting back on their feet.

We are encouraging members to donate via our website and we'll donate in the name of all secular humanists from our organization. Go to our website and look for the link at the top of the page under our banner (you can't miss it!)

All donations are accepted and appreciated no matter how small, so don't feel like you can't donate if you can't give a huge amount. Every bit adds up! You will receive an acknowledgement from PayPal that you can use if you itemize for your taxes and all monies from this link will go to the Humane Society. It is one way to help homeless animals and the people who work to make our community a more compassionate place for our furry friends in their time of need.

Thank you to everyone who has already stepped up!

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