New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
Event Calendar

First Tuesdays: Spirituality In the City Speaker Series

  • When: Tuesday, December 01, 2015 @ 12:15 pm
  • Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA view map

"Humanism: Ethical, Secular and Good for Everyone"

NOSHA is honored to be invited to participate in this monthly program.

"People of all faiths (or none at all) are warmly invited to this annual interfaith series that promotes dialogue, mutual understanding, and collaboration on topics of spirituality. On first Tuesdays, October through May, local leaders initiate conversations about their spiritual traditions and address the theme, “Spirituality in the City.'"

All are welcome. Admission is free. Parking is available at parking meters on the street as well as at the many downtown lots and garages. 


First Tuesdays is co-sponsored by The Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Loyola Institute for Ministry, The Catholic Book Store, and Holy Name of Jesus Church. It is guided by an interreligious steering committee.  All presentations begin at 12:30 in Lenes Hall, the parish center of Jesuit Church, and includes a simple lunch that starts at 12:15. 


Last Supper Dinner Club

  • When: Thursday, December 03, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
  • Martin Wine Cellar, 3827 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA view map

It's the kind of place where you can dine, shop and sip - or all three. It's up to you! If you are looking for a last minute culinary holiday gift, this is the place. Lots of things to consider and lots of room to pull up another chair. If you haven't 

Please note that we have altered our starting time by 30 minutes due to rush hour traffic. New Orleans is just crazy with cars and it takes a lot longer at this time to get anywhere. The delay will be a huge help going forward.

As a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate as of the afternoon of this event.  


An Evening with Chris Fischer, Founder & Expedition Leader of OCEARCH

  • When: Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
  • Entergy Imax Theatre, 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA view map

Terrific opportunity to learn more about OCEARCH! This event is FREE and open to the public. All proceeds from the cash bar will benefit OCEARCH and SEZARC. Please help us to spread the word!

5-6pm - Cash bar in the Entergy Giant Screen Theater

6-7 pm - Presentation by Chris Fischer in the Theater

7-8 pm - "Meet and Greet" in gallery in the Pisces Room of the Aquarium

From their website: "OCEARCH is a recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks, in conjunction with conservation outreach and education at a measurable global scale."

Chris Fischer has led 23 global expeditions since 2007 to advance science and education while unlocking the mysteries of the Great White sharks and other apex predators of the ocean. Fischer's ultimate goal is to enable scientists and governments around the globe to generate groundbreaking data on the ocean's keystone marine species in an open-sourced environment, while advancing STEM  education.

SEZARC: The South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation 

Charlie Rose Interviews Expedition Leader Chris Fischer (July 2013)


NOSHA Volunteers at Second Harvest

  • When: Saturday, December 05, 2015 @ 11:30 am
  • Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

NOSHA is returning to do one of our most popular volunteer activities and we're looking for people!

Please message volunteer organizer Glenn Pearl directly to confirm your participation.

A few things to understand before volunteering:

√   The work that you will be doing is in the warehouse packing food boxes OR in our cooler sorting and categorizing donated food product. We will be informed by their staff upon arrival.

√  Volunteer jobs are based on their current needs in and around the warehouse. Please come prepared to work in the warehouse or in the cooler (layers are recommended).

√  The warehouse is not climate controlled, so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. 

√  YOU MUST WEAR CLOSED TOE SHOES! Anyone wearing flip-flops or sandals will not be permitted to work the shift.

√  Cold water bottles are available for all volunteers.

√  Second Harvest is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items – please lock valuables in your car.

√  Please arrive on time and enter the building through the front door, remember to sign in and sign out and make a name badge.

√  If you need a letter or record for service hours, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator upon your arrival.

Parking is available directly in front of the building.


The Annual NOSHA Winter Solstice Potluck

  • When: Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
  • Greenberger's on Bayou St. John, 4314 Bancroft Drive, New Orleans, LA view map

Join us for a lovely party of great friends and delicious food!    

In lieu of our regular monthly meeting, please join us for our annual festive Winter Solstice party to celebrate the holidays! It is our time to enjoy good friends, good food and goodwill, so we welcome all supporters of our organization to join in the fun!   

This will be a potluck event, so we are asking all guests to bring a dish to share. Please send your RSVP to <a></a> or leave a message at 504-592-0836 to advise that you will attend and what you plan to bring from the following suggestions:

• Favorite entree       •  Appetizers •  Salads - tossed green, fruit, pasta, etc.•  Sides - vegetables, potatoes, etc. •  Fruits, cheeses, crackers     •  Desserts

We'll once again collect canned goods and other non-perishable foods for Second Harvest Food Bank.   Click here is a list of most need food items!


The ‘Wow’ of Weather, Water, and Climate

  • When: Monday, January 11, 2016 @ 7:15 pm
  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA view map

The American Meteorological Society is having their national convention here and they have graciously extended an invitation to us, so this event is our Science Cafe for January!

One of the popular AMS programs is  "23|5 Talks" This hour-long set of public talks will follow the format of the well-known TED Talks, and feature various views and perspectives on weather, water, and climate from engaging, thought-provoking people representing all facets of the enterprise.

This year, four speakers will present topics of interest for meeting attendees as well as the general public:

• Bill Gail - Global Weather Corporation
• Bill Read - former head of the National Hurricane Center
• Mike Smith - AccuWeather
• Naomi Oreskes - Harvard University

Following the talks, we are also pleased to be screening the feature-length documentary film, “Merchants of Doubt", based on the 2010 book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway.


"RFRA: Religious Freedom or License to Discriminate?"

  • When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
  • Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

Based on religious objections with increasing frequency, we are seeing individuals, businesses, organizations and institutions claiming a right to discriminate by refusing to provide services to women, LGBTI people and the disability community and by resorting to hiring discrimination. These are the same arguments that were used in the 1960s to oppose laws requiring integration in restaurants because of sincerely held beliefs that God wanted the races to be separate. We even saw some religiously affiliated universities refuse to admit students who engaged in interracial dating.

Now the radical right is working to expand allowance of this discrimination for "moral" reasons. Imposing beliefs on others who do not share them goes against the very fiber and core of Secular Humanist, Feminist and shared American family values and principles. Van Pelt will discuss the history of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and outline the damage it has done to date and the potential for future damage.

Toni Van Pelt is co-founder, president and Congressional lobbyist for the Institute for Science and Human Values (ISHV). She launched and directed one of the first public policy offices of the secular humanist movement in Washington DC, focusing on the importance of science, the use of empirical evidence as the basis for public policy, separation of church and state, secularism, and women’s and LGBTQI rights.

She regularly presents on a variety of issues including proposed federal legislation and regulations, human rights, how to effectively participate in federal and state government, how to lobby legislative bodies and on the United Nations Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  As a secular humanist and feminist activist, she serves on the board of the Institute for Humanist Studies and on many of the boards and committees of the National Organization for Women.


Greer-Heard 2016 – “How Did Jesus Become God?”

  • When: Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, view map

The featured speakers for this dialogue are Bart Ehrman and Michael Bird.

Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC he has served as both the  Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. A graduate of Wheaton College, Professor Ehrman received both his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Since then he has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited twenty-nine books, including the bestselling How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (2014), Jesus Interrupted (2009), God’s Problem (2008), and Misquoting Jesus (2005).

Michael Bird

Bird (Ph.D University of Queensland) is Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author and editor of several books such as the award winning The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus plus several others volumes including Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels, Are You the One Who is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question, Evangelical Theology, Romans (Story of God Bible Commentary Series), and How God Became Jesus. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and four children, and enjoys rugby league, running, cooking, and trying to explain cricket to Americans.

This is an annual keynote event that some seculars greatly enjoy because it puts them in touch with major authors, scientists and other leaders who become icons to non-believers. 

There is a fee to attend this event, but we always set up a discounted rate for NOSHA members.


Jesus & Mo


Tip of the hat to WEIT.

Congratulations to Patreon supporter WW from London, the winner of this month’s raffle prize (a signed J&M book).

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