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.

  • Last Supper Dinner Club – June

    June 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Mellow Mushroom

    We are due for some easy, shareable muchies and pizza is about as easy as it gets. And we haven’t done pizza in a while. You can check out the menu here *** As a courtesy to the restaurant and the other attendees, please update your status if something changes and you or your guest cannot attend (so we don’t look like fools to the restaurant staff for asking them to set up for 20 when only 12 show

  • Sunday Freethinkers Fika – June

    June 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at CC’s Coffee House

    Our monthly Freethinkers Fika is a small, friendly social gathering for humanists, atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers to engage in free discussion with like-minded others in a coffee-shop atmosphere. Secular Humanism is a philosophy that seeks to make sense of the world using science, reason, and shared values; we reject attempts to explain the world in supernatural terms. This philosophy forms the basis for our affiliation in NOSHA, and thus will necessarily inform the perspective from which...

  • Spirituality Without Superstition

    July 20 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Jefferson Parish Library – East Bank Regional Library

    The presentation will be an exploration of forms of spirituality that use art, imagination, and emotional connection instead of belief in energy crystals, faith healers, or deities. Daniel Lev Shkolnik is a humanist speaker and community organizer interested in creating a powerful spiritual alternative to traditional religions based on humanistic principles rather than supernatural assumptions. He’s managed “Another Breed of Faith”, a column in the nonreligious section of Pathe...

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

BOOK REVIEW “Why Religion?: A Personal Story”

When I first noticed Elaine Pagels’ recent book Why Religion? A Personal Story, I anticipated a scholarly analysis of what motivated humans to hold religious beliefs or engage in religious practices. I could not have been more wrong. This book is intensely personal, subjective, and emotional. Perhaps I should not have been so surprised. Religion is, after all, something personal, subjective, and emotional. Dr. Pagels is a professor of religion at Princeton University, and a scholar of Gnostic literature, works…

Why Do I Write?

.     “….no one is born to be anything but human.”—Eugene C. Thomas   Eugene C. Thomas—Baba Geno—has been  a recent guest on NOSHA’s cable access television program The Humanist Perspective. Insights into his life becoming  the consummate humanist, from student and soldier, to spiritualist, writer, community radio broadcaster, and attorney-at law, can be heard at the link above.  Here, he shares an introduction to his planned book compilation of essays and observations–edited, with permission from him.    …

The Self-Destructive Denial of Climate Change

    Denialism has always been synonymous with human nature; that is, any definition of “human nature” would need to include this frailty. We follow our confirmation bias to defy reality and challenge evidence  that is widely accepted by society.   The term climate change evolved before from what was known in the 1980s as “Global Warming.” The rise of an increasingly globalized economy spurred several multinational corporations— like Exxon—to undertake studies which yielded findings that there could be catastrophic…


The Humanist Perspective