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.

  • Women’s Rights in Louisiana and Beyond

    January 19 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Jefferson Parish Library

    In light of the cancellation of the Women’s March, we wanted to take this opportunity to offer education on the interesting history of women’s rights in Louisiana and the status of the ERA nationally. We are partnering with New Orleans NOW as a partner in this enlightening program. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Christine Day, a professor of political science at UNO, who will address the history and status of the Equal Rights Amendment. Dr. Day is author of

  • Sunday Freethinkers Fika – January

    January 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at CC’S Community Coffee House

    This has become an enjoyable social activity organized by NOSHA board member William Gautreaux. Bring your enthusiasm, your topics and your willingness to listen to your freethinking friends! “Fika”, a valued social institution in Sweden, means taking a regular break to enjoy refreshments with your friends or colleagues. It’s a great chance to visit with like-minded folks and discuss what is on everyone’s mind.

  • Last Supper Dinner Club – February

    February 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.

    Dine with the Deniers in 2019! New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co. is one of our most popular locations in the history of the LSDC. They have a large menu, so you aren’t restricted to hamburgers or seafood (see the menu here: *** Please update your RSVP if your plans change. It’s very helpful for us to know how many folks are coming, not just for the restaurant seating, but for the folks on the waiting list. We check

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