CT Coalition of Reason Pages
The Connecticut Coalition of Reason is made up of atheist, freethought, and humanist groups (see below) working together in the state of Connecticut. Our twin goals are to foster a sense of community among the like-minded and raise public awareness that people who don’t believe in a god or gods are decent citizens who contribute to the larger society.
So if you are of a secular mind, you aren’t alone. Thousands of your friends and neighbors in this area think and feel as you do. And there are local groups that advance your views and welcome your participation! This website will help you find events to attend, activities in which to participate, people with whom to socialize, and groups to join.
After all, like everyone else, we benefit from a supportive community for friendship, learning, social service, and activism. Moreover, atheists and agnostics make up a significant portion of the population, both nationally and globally, outnumbering most religious and other minorities combined. For example, a recent study released by the Public Religion Research Institute reports that 25 percent of Americans are non-religious. This places us as one of the largest minorities in America. Yet we don’t enjoy the benefits of our numbers because we aren’t well organized. This coalition is here to change that.
To the traditional religious community we want to say that, although we nontheists are without a belief in the supernatural, we do share the compassionate human values that most people embrace. As hard working, tax-paying, ethical citizens, we care deeply about our families, our communities, our state, our nation, and the world.
If you would like to know more about the Connecticut Coalition of Reason, we invite you to explore these pages and join our conversations on Facebook and Twitter.
Atheist Humanist Society of Connecticut and Rhode Island
AHSCTRI is a group of like-minded friends and neighbors mainly consists of residents from the Southeastern Connecticut and Southwestern Rhode Island area with honorary members from across CT. Here you will find people to engage in intellectual discussions, to participate with in socio-political activism, and to maintain equal rights for all and/or just a friendly place to meet new people. There really is something for everyone in AHSCTRI.
Connecticut Valley Atheists
The mission of the Connecticut Valley Atheists is to promote a positive perception of atheists and atheism through community activities, charitable works, and sponsorship of educational events. We seek out and encourage like-minded people to join us and contribute to our efforts.
The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Fairfield County
Celebrating Jewish values and culture in a non-theistic way! The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is a welcoming, supportive community founded in 1967 for secular Jews and their families to affirm, celebrate, and enrich Jewish identity and values. CHJ believes in personal responsibility to fulfill the Jewish ideals of loving-kindness, justice, and good deeds. Humanistic Judaism is a recognized branch of Judaism, active worldwide, and coordinated in North America by the Society for Humanistic Judaism. CHJ has a full program for children including a Sunday school leading to Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a full program for adults with cultural and intellectual activities, and engages in Jewish holiday observances. Interfaith families are welcome.
Hartford Area Humanists
We are a society of Humanists, most of who live in the Greater Hartford area. We organize social events, discussion groups, dinner meetings with guest speakers, outdoor activities, and philanthropic endeavors. As a community, we seek to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
The Humanist Association of Connecticut
HAC is an organization for Humanists in the South and Central Connecticut areas, and is based in the Hamden/New Haven area. Members come as far afield as Hartford, Litchfield, and lower Fairfield counties. Members have diverse social, religious, and political backgrounds. They include several staff members from Yale University, full and part-time teachers, engineers, and even a retired diplomat! Several members are Unitarian-Universalist ministers. All are welcome; a great place for CT atheists to gather.
Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County
The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC) seek to promote Humanism and free thought in our community. Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity. Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint which holds that opinions should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism rather than authority, tradition, or dogma. Our bywords are Reason and Compassion. We look for evidence as the basis of our beliefs about the world and we embody compassion as our approach to others. We seek:
- To provide a forum for mutual and public education,
- To establish a mechanism to counter religious fundamentalism, and
- To form a warm, supportive community of like-minded people.
We welcome all who wish to participate.
Contact: Cary Shaw – [email protected]
The Secular Coalition for Connecticut
The Secular Coalition for Connecticut is the state chapter of the Secular Coalition for America. We bring together secular Connecticut residents to influence government officials, legislation, and regulations. We are unlike any other nontheistic state organization—we bring together interested organizations and individuals for the exclusive purpose of lobbying government officials.
The Yale Humanist Community
The YHC is dedicated to developing, supporting, and growing a diverse community of Connecticut Humanists, atheists, agnostics, and the nonreligious at Yale and beyond. YHC serves undergraduate and graduate student communities; in addition, Yale faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public are welcome and encouraged to participate. Within this eclectic group, the YHC strives to provide members with access to a caring community, support in an ethical framework, and opportunities for reflective service. Additionally, we hope to engage in activities to educate community members about the worldview of Humanism as defined in the Humanist Manifesto