Humanist Conference Coming to Omaha


August 11, 2015

Mark Siepker, President — Omaha Metro Area Humanist Association, (402) 578-7604, [email protected]

Starting Friday August 14, 2015, a three-day Heartland Humanist Conference will be held on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Humanists will gather to advocate for progressive values, support the development and advancement of humanist thought, support the separation of government and religion, encourage rational thought and scientific inquiry, and provide a safe environment where humanists, other non-theists and those who are open to the values of humanism can work together to move society forward with a firm reliance on reason and humanity.

WHO: Featured speakers for the event are
• Fred Edwords—Director of Planned Giving, the American Humanist Association
• Andi Grubb—health educator and advocate for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
• Lea Halterman—President of the Iowa Chapter of Compassion and Choices
• UnitedCoR’s Executive Director—Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason
• Howard Katz—Member of the Board of Directors, the American Humanist Association
• Ron Knapp—Minister Emeritus of the First Unitarian Church of Omaha
• Dr. Paul Knupp—President, and Co-Founder of the Humanists of Iowa
• Clay Farris Naff—freelance science journalist and the Science and Religion Correspondent for The Humanist Magazine

Details regarding the speakers can be found at:

WHERE: The campus of the University of Nebraska Omaha: Rosken’s Hall, Auditorium 010A.

WHEN: Friday, August 14th at 2:00 pm through Sunday, August 16th at 3:00pm

WHY: The conference is about realizing that our society, the world and our universe is a bigger, brighter and a more amazing place than ever imagined when viewed through the lens of humanism and non-theism. The conference provides an opportunity for non-believers to stand together and gives us a public voice, allowing us to reach out and connect with even more people who share our philosophy, and helps us continue the journey of building a strong and vibrant humanist community. When we discover that we’re not alone, we are encouraged to enthusiastically live lives in a way that reflects our values. What makes life for humanists, atheists and other non-believers so exciting is the infinite discoveries, unbounded by supernatural beliefs, that await to be revealed through reason, logic and open-minded curiosity.

MORE INFORMATION: More information about the conference can be found at


The Heartland Humanist Conference at is organized by the Omaha Metro Area Humanist Association (OMAHA). There will be options for socializing with fellow conference attendees each evening and the conference will wrap up with a catered outdoor picnic beginning at noon on Sunday.

Omaha Coalition of Reason at is a proactive partnership of Atheists, Free-Thought advocates, and Humanists working together in the greater Omaha metropolitan area with a clear vision to foster a sense of community for the Secular among us and to raise the visibility of our efforts for those who have not yet found a Secular community through which they can thrive and feel welcome.

The United Coalition of Reason at is a nonprofit organization that helps local nontheistic groups work together to achieve higher visibility, increase membership, and have a greater impact in their local areas.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Siepker
Omaha Metro Area Humanist Association (OMAHA)
(402) 578-7604
[email protected]

UnitedCoR’s Executive Director
Executive Director
United Coalition of Reason (based in Washington, DC)
(202) 744-1553
[email protected]