The Nashville Humanist Association strives to promote secular progressive values for humanists, freethinkers, atheists, and the non-religious.
Come experience the benefits of Humanism by attending a meeting where you can meet likeminded people and make new friends. Our meetings provide a safe space for you to ask questions and share your journey. We explore themes, issues and current events from a humanist perspective and are always looking for ways to promote secular humanist values in our city and communities. Come see us and bring a friend. We are hopeful of your active participation and support.
Please visit our website at NashvilleHumanist.com to view upcoming meeting topics, listen to our podcast and read the Nashville Humanist Blog.
What is Humanism?
"Humanism is a philosophy, world view, or lifestance based on naturalism-the conviction that the universe or nature is all that exists or is real. Humanism serves, for many humanists, some of the psychological and social functions of a religion, but without belief in deities, transcendental entities, miracles, life after death, and the supernatural. Humanists seek to understand the universe by using science and its methods of critical inquiry-logical reasoning, empirical evidence, and skeptical evaluation of conjectures and conclusions-to obtain reliable knowledge. Humanists affirm that humans have the freedom to give meaning, value, and purpose to their lives by their own independent thought, free inquiry, and responsible, creative activity. Humanists stand for the building of a more humane, just, compassionate, and democratic society using a pragmatic ethics based on human reason, experience, and reliable knowledge-an ethics that judges the consequences of human actions by the well-being of all life on Earth." ~ Steven Schafersman
The Nashville Humanist Association is a recognized chapter of the American Humanist Association.
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This is an inclusive group for anyone who is interested in learning more about different religions or different faith, spiritual or philosophical traditions through friendship with those who follow or practice them. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Bahá'í, Agnostic, Atheist, Pagan, etc - all are welcome. This is not a group to proselytize or argue/debate different teachings, but is based on a genuine interest to nurture more understanding, appreciation and acceptance among people of different beliefs. Round-table discussions encourage group members to share from their personal experience how their religion, faith, spirituality or philosophy are meaningful and fulfilling, and makes a difference in their daily life. The hope is that group members will not only respect and appreciate differences, but recognize and affirm one another's common humanity. This is not meant to be a heavy and intense, but friendly, fun and relational. Meeting places could be a local coffee house, cafe, park or community gathering place, or different activities we organize. Division, discord and polarization seems to be par for the course these days; we need more safe and friendly communities and gatherings where people of different beliefs can simply be human together.