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.

  • Noelle George with The Foundation Beyond Belief

    October 20 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Jefferson Parish Library

    Our guest speaker will be Noelle George, Executive Director with the nationally known organization, Foundation Beyond Belief, a humanist charity that promotes secular volunteering and responsible charitable giving. Guided by the principles of secular humanism, their mission is to: * Unite the humanist community in volunteering and charitable efforts. * Advocate for compassionate action throughout the world. They further their mission through these ongoing programs: Grants, Disaster Recovery, Ser...

  • Sunday Freethinkers Fika – Join Us in October

    October 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at CC’S Community Coffee House

    “Fika”, a valued social institution in Sweden, means taking a regular break to enjoy refreshments with your friends or colleagues. We would like to add that experience to NOSHA! From the book ‘The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break’: “Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with

  • Last Supper Dinner Club – November

    November 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Nirvana Indian Cuisine

    There’s nothing like a good Indian buffet! Something for everyone and the chance for “seconds” on top of that. Nirvana has always been one of our most popular venues, so let’s celebrate some curry before the holiday food hits! *** 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 the RSVPs right up

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

Evangelicals: Then and Now

It’s easy to get the impression (especially for those of us in the secular humanist community) that the long-term trend of dwindling congregations in mainline Protestant churches is being compensated by increasing attendance in evangelical Protestant churches. If not matched person for person, at least as notable in the increasing volume coming from the arrogant snake-oil-selling leaders.  Historically, fundamentalist evangelicals began to assert themselves into the cultural wars and political debate in the early 1970s, mostly coming from a reaction…

When Charity Falls Short

In the August 26th edition of the, author Brody Armstrong brings up some interesting points about a current topic usually at, or near the top of everyone’s “Most Concerned About” list when pollsters send out its routine queries under that heading: health care. What differentiates Armstrong’s short analysis is the role social media, specifically the way the fundraising-for-profit GoFundMe app and others like it have worked themselves into the conversation about the current healthcare crisis.   “Why GoFundMe Isn’t the…

The Hard Truths of Scientism

—Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.     The Grand Design  Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.   —Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.   Carl Sagan   —Physical facts fix all the facts.   Alex Rosenberg   One making the claim that…


The Humanist Perspective