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.

  • Candle-Light Humanist Dinner

    July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Peristyle

    *** Due to the high chance for storms over the next few days, this event is being postponed for one week.*** “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ~Anne Frank Daniel Lev Shkolnik’s next Humanist dinner gathering is going to be a candle-lit affair by the Peristyle in City Park. (the Roman-looking building in the picture). There will be candles, good people, good wine, and some Story Time. Please bring friends and some food

  • 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...

  • Sunday Freethinkers Fika – August

    August 25 @ 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...

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