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 – August

    August 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Porter & Luke’s Restaurant

    Dine with deniers! We’re centrists this month, heading back to Porter and Luke’s on Metairie Road. Easy to get to from the highway, set up for crowds, and featuring a huge menu, we gave P&L’s rave reviews the last time we visited. Check out the menu here: Important: Please keep us up to date on your ability to make the dinner by using Meetup’s RSVP function as soon as your plans change. It’s very helpful for us to know

  • Enjoy a Blasphemers Breakfast!

    August 12 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am at Piccadilly Restaurants

    Before we leave the lazy days of summer, let’s enjoy an affordable and bountiful breakfast buffet with your blaspheming NOSHA friends! You can also place made-to-order omelets and pancakes. The service ends at 10:30am, so we’re starting this one early. Take a look at the menu here: • Important to knowPlease keep us up to date on your RSVP as soon as possible so we’ll have accurate numbers. We check the attendee list right up until the last minute,

  • UNITY of New Orleans — Tackling Housing and Homelessness

    August 18 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Jefferson Parish Library

    UNITY of Greater New Orleans is a nonprofit organization leading a collaborative of over 60 agencies providing housing and services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Their mission is to coordinate community partnerships to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness. Joe Heeren- Mueller will be speaking to us on the history of UNITY. He will touch on the growth and accomplishments over the years and will give a brief summary of their

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