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 – March

    March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Central City BBQ

    Dine with the deniers once again! It’s time for some springtime in the friendly sprawling confines of Central City BBQ. If you’ve never been, you owe yourself a visit to this timeless spot in downtown New Orleans. Check out the menu here: *** As a courtesy to the restaurant and the other attendees, please update your status if something changes and you cannot attend (so we will not be waiting for someone who will never show up!)***

  • Mandisa Lateefah Thomas with Black Nonbelievers

    March 16 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Jefferson Parish Library

    We are excited to have Mandisa Lateefah Thomas, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers Inc., as our March speaker. Thomas founded Black Nonbelievers, Inc. in 2011 as a secular fellowship. Its goals include eliminating stigma, increasing visibility, and providing support and networking opportunities around non-belief in the African-American community. She believes it is important to expand diversity within the black community to include people who challenge the effectiveness of the church an...

  • Volunteering with Second Harvest Foodbank – March

    March 23 @ 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 member Glenn Pearl who has been our contact person, setting up our volunteer shifts and keeping us involved. In addition to RSVP’ing here, please sign up for the shift at

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

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