Humanist Community: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

When I first started talking about Humanist community building – creating local spaces where non-theists can come together to celebrate shared values and provide fellowship for each other – I got a lot of push-back. I was told that you can’t organize atheists into communities because they’re too individualistic. I was assured that you’d never [Read More…]

Skepticon 5 Day One – JT’s “Dear Christian 2”

JT Eberhard PROPOSED to his girlfriend on stage at Skepticon 5! During an emotional moment at the pinnacle of his speech tonight JT Eberhard actually proposed to his girlfriend Michaelyn! JT has a habit of outdoing himself every year, and this was a true masterpiece of theatrics as well as a beautiful expression of love. [Read More…]

Skepticon 5 Day One – Greta Christina via Skype!

Skepticon is here again! North America’s largest free conference for of atheists, skeptics, agnostics and Humanists has begun again for another year, and the conference proper is starting with a bang. Greta Christina’s bespectacled face is filling a large screen at the front of the Springfield Expo Center, and her mellifluous tones are filling the [Read More…]

Skepticon Needs YOU!

Skepticon V – the largest free skeptics conference in the USA – starts on Friday 9th November, in Springield, MO. Last year I spoke on a panel – an atheist death panel, no less – at Skepticon IV. It was my first experience of Skepticon, and it was amazing. I was hugely inspired by the speakers, [Read More…]

Houston Oasis: A Trend, Not a Blip

Hemant Mehta recently reported the formation of Houston Oasis, “a community that meets weekly to provide support and fellowship in a diverse environment.” Founded by former pastor and graduate of the Clergy Project (“a confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs”) Mike Aus, Houston Oasis seeks to provide [Read More…]

Why Humanist Communities? A Short Talk for Cork

I just recorded a short talk to celebrate the first anniversary of the Cork Humanist Community, which addresses three questions: Why are Humanist communities important? What makes a strong community? What are some things a Humanist community can do to develop and grow? [Read more…]

“God is Dead. So What?” – Humanist Community Discussion Starter

Yesterday I spoke at my home Humanist community, the Humanist Community at Harvard, to spark a discussion on the possibilities and challenges of building local community spaces for Humanists. This is one of the primary topics of my blog: I believe the development of local, meat space communities for Humanists is critical to our success [Read More…]