Secular Massachusetts The purpose of this group is to bring together the many kinds of Massachusetts freethinkers -- Atheists, Humanists, Ethical Culturists, Brights, agnostics, and so on -- for common social, educational, and civic purposes. Any person interested in participating in the message board and mailing list discussions, networking with other Massachusetts freethinkers, attending one of the large regional events, or just adding their name to the roster to show that there is a large and growing secular community in Massachusetts -- don't wait, join now.
The Boston Atheists provide fellowship, activism, and education for the atheists in the Greater Boston metro area. As a local affiliate of American Atheists, we advocate at every opportunity for the advancement of a reality-based worldview.
The Ethical Society of Boston is a non-theistic religious and educational fellowship inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society. Together we develop our ethical ideals, celebrate life's joys, and support one another through life's crises. We work for the improvement of our world and for the future of our children. Membership is open to those who agree with our principles regardless of race, religion, or national origin.
The Center for Naturalism promotes science-based naturalism as a comprehensive worldview - a rational and fulfilling alternative to faith-based religions and other varieties of supernaturalism. The understanding that we are fully natural beings is the foundation for an effective approach to personal and social concerns, and highlights our intimate connection to the awe-inspiring universe described by science. Through its educational activities and initiatives, the Center develops constructive applications of naturalism, supports progressive social policy, and in collaboration with other secular groups, helps to build a community of naturalists. Its companion website for materials on naturalism is naturalism.org.
Concord Area Humanists is a relatively new, very casual and inclusive collection of Humanists, agnostics, atheists, freethinkers and other non-theists from the Concord-area towns. We have a mailing list for announcements of events, but no formal membership, all are welcome to participate. We hope to provide stimulating opportunities for like-minded folks to meet at social events and to raise public awareness and acceptance of Humanism. In Fall '09, we offered an Introduction to Humanism course at the Wright Tavern and may repeat in Spring '10. We coordinate potluck dinner gatherings - on no set schedule - and have a Small Evening Discussion Group that meets on the third Tuesday of each month for socializing and discussion on diverse topics.
Greater Boston Humanists engage in a variety of activities such as holding meetings and lectures on topics of interest to Humanists, skeptics and freethinkers, each month or so during the academic year. These meetings are open to the public, and are stimulating and informative and include guest speakers. These events also usually include snacks and time to socialize with others, as well as time for further discussion. We also provide opportunities for connection and group celebration.
Greater Worcester Humanists is an active chapter of the American Humanist Association. We provide a welcoming environment and a range of activities for area humanists and those interested in learning more about humanism. We have regular meetings, guest speakers, movie screenings, discussions of timely topics, and social activities, etc. We also celebrate humanist holidays such as Darwin Day, Freethought Day, Human Light, and the National Day of Reason. Most of our meetings are free and open to the public.
The Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy is dedicated to building, educating, and nurturing a diverse community of Humanists, agnostics, atheists, and the non-religious at Harvard and beyond.
Harvard Humanist Alumni (HHA) is a Shared Interest Group of the Harvard Alumni Association. HHA is primarily for Harvard affiliates, i.e., alumni of all Harvard schools, current and former faculty, staff, and students, as well as close relatives of alumni. People without Harvard affiliations are welcome to participate in our programs. Our purpose is to create a community for. Humanists and other non-theists, addressing our needs through various life stages. Thus far HHA has developed the Humanist Small Group, as described below.
Humanist Small Group (HSG) is a discussion group for Humanists and like-minded individuals that meets on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Topics range from the abstract religion, philosophy, ethics, epistemology, history, ancient culture, politics, the relationship between science and culture, geopolitics, to the personal--marriage, romantic relationships, parenting, friendship, social associations, compassion, and communication.
Humanist Contemplative Group (HCG) is a meditation and conversation group for Humanists and like-minded individuals that meets on the first and third Saturday of each month. Meetings generally include 30 minutes of meditation in varying formats, including unprogrammed silence, followed by discussion. The aim is to provide a supportive community for Humanists in which the psychological and physical benefits of meditation can be explored.
COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY STUDENT GROUPS
The Harvard Secular Society was founded to create and continue a dialogue about faith, morality, God and religion, while providing a community for Humanist, agnostic, atheist and non-religious students. The Secular Society seeks to encourage consciousness of the various political, scientific, social and cultural issues surrounding secularism and Humanism. Accordingly, HSS sponsors speaker events, panel discussions, debates, social functions and other educational and cultural programs. The Secular Society welcomes members of every gender, ethnicity, religious background and sexuality. We seek to maintain a positive and communicative relationship with other religious and political groups on campus, and welcome our responsibility to give back to the community, lending support to community service and political campaigns affecting secularism or Humanism.
Harvard Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists (HASH) originated several years ago with a group of non-religious students seeking a community of open-minded, intellectually curious nontheistic/nonreligious students. Its members come from all of the graduate schools at Harvard and have a wide range of backgrounds and concerns. Discussions at gatherings range from the political (e.g., church-state separation) to the personal (e.g., living with a religious partner), and even to the spiritual (after all, one can be a spiritual humanist). This year HASH will be holding monthly pub nights the first Thursday of each month.
Secular Wellesley is Wellesley College's community for the exploration of atheism, humanism, agnosticism, and other secular worldviews. We attempt to foster an encouraging social and intellectual community for secular students on campus, and hope to lend support and cohesion to Wellesley's secular population. Our goal is to establish ourselves as a valuable and beneficial part of the Wellesley College community, and we hope to create an enduring tradition of secular discourse. Our page can be found on Facebook under "Secular Wellesley", and we can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tufts Freethought Society promotes independent, open minded and rational thinking in the realms of philosophy, religion, and controversy. Our mission is to provide a welcoming place for Tufts students willing to question their own beliefs. Our aim is to increase dialogue among all members of the student body and to provide a network of guidance and support for non-religious members of the Tufts community. Above all, we aim to have good-ol' cortex ticklin' fun. The Tufts Freethought Society is open to anyone and everyone who seeks to expand their mind through debate, dialog and intellectual debauchery.
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