Portland Coalition of Reason

About Portland CoR

The Portland Coalition of Reason is a diverse collection of groups in and around Portland, Oregon that are especially welcoming to members whose life stance is not based on a belief in supernatural beings or events.

A primary goal of the coalition is to help the Portland community to become aware of our groups, and to help those in the Portland community without religious beliefs to find the group or groups that most fit their lifestyles and objectives.

Not all of the groups are exclusively non-theist, but unlike so much of the rest of society, they are comfortable with people expressing skepticism, atheism, humanism, freethought, or other similar views, and exploring issues of the day based on reason and critical thought rather than religious dogma.

Please visit the links in the navigation bar above to find out more about who we are, what we do, and how you can join us!

Also, check out (and join) our facebook group.

Contact the CoR Spokesperson
Contact the Web Administrator

Photos on site provided courtesy of the Portland Development Commission.

Member Organizations of Portland CoR

Beaverton Atheist Meetup (BAM): A project of CFI Portland
The Beaverton Atheist Meetup is a gathering of like-minded atheists, agnostics, and other free-thinkers on Portland’s west side. In 1998, attendees of the Beaverton Atheist Meetup chartered a presence in Portland for the Center for Inquiry, a think-tank advancing science and secularism in public affairs.

Center For Inquiry (CFI) Portland
Center for Inquiry Portland fosters and serves secular community in the NorthWest. We promote science, reason and freedom of inquiry, and provide an ethical humanist alternative to religious and paranormal worldviews. Join us, work for positive change in society, while having fun with likeminded friends! See also member groups:

The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) Lands for a Pint Meetup
Launched in 2007, this FSM group is all about bringing like-minded people together for good times and to foster a sense of community. Join us for bi-monthly celebrations of all things Pastafarian including Talk Like a Pirate Day and pub crawls.

Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) – Portland Area
Email: [email protected]
Our local chapter of the national Freedom From Religion Foundation is for people who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.  Our purposes are to promote this principle and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.

Humanists of Greater Portland (HGP)
We are a large free-thought organization (2008 American Humanist Association Chapter of the Year) that focuses on intellectual (Sunday Meeting, discussion groups), charitable (OPB Fundraising, the homeless), and social (two monthly no-host dinners, monthly potlucks) activities for its members and the community. Our members are also active in CoR, meet-ups, the Northwest Free-thought Coalition, and the Northwest Free-thought Alliance Regional Conference.

Humanists of Greater Portland Meetup (HGP Meetup): A project of HGP
The Humanists of Greater Portland Meetup (PAHM) is a project to increase the outreach of Humanists of Greater Portland to times, places, and events beyond the traditional HGP Sunday morning programs.

Kol Shalom Community for Humanistic Judaism
An affiliate of the national Society for Humanistic Judaism. We celebrate Jewish culture and tradition non-theistically.

Liberal Secular Singles 40-50ish Meetup
Would you like to have more chances of meeting politically liberal intelligent respectful non-sexist non-racist folks in Portland? This group is great for those who think men and women have more in common than have differences.

Recovering From Religion™ Portland
A support group for those who are leaving or have left religion. Share stories and advice with local recovering religionists while tapping into the knowledge gained from the nation-wide movement.

Reed Secular Alliance: A project of Reed College
The Reed Secular Alliance is Reed College’s home for atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists. We educate the community through hosting speakers about secularism and society, as well as through our Freethought Books Project. The Freethought Books Project collects secular, freethinking, and humanist works to donate to prisoners, mental hospitals, and others in need. (email [email protected])

Secular Humanists of East Portland (SHEP) Meetup: A project of CFI Portland
A bimonthly gathering of secular humanists on the East side of town. Activities usually consist of watching evidenced based documentaries, potlucks, and game nights.

Secular Parenting Meetup (SPM): A project of CFI Portland
A community of families practicing secular humanism with education programs that focus on ethics and critical thinking.

Secular Walk and Talk (SWaT) Meetup
Secular Walk and Talk provides an opportunity for humanists and freethinkers in the Portland Metro area to get together for exercise and interesting conversation. Our science and reason T-shirts deliver our message to the public as we walk.

Sunday Assembly Portland (SAPDX)
Sunday Assembly Portland is an accredited chapter of the global Sunday Assembly movement. SAPDX is a godless congregation that meets to celebrate the one life we know we have and encourages each other to “live better, help often, and wonder more.” See www.sundayassemblypdx.org.

think. Meetup
Think about it… a group devoted to intellectual discourse, philosophical inquiry, self-improvement through education, and community improvement through communication.  This strives to be such a group.

United States Atheists (USA)
United States Atheists is an organization that has supported atheism for over 20 years in the Portland, Oregon area. Due to low attendance, in October 2011 we discontinued our weekly meetings. We will continue with this Facebook group and perhaps someday resume meeting.

Friends of Portland CoR
Secular Coalition of Oregon
American Humanist Association

Center For Inquiry
Society for Humanistic Judaism
United Coalition of Reason

Contact the CoR Spokesperson
Contact the Coordinator/Web Administrator


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