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

Humanism - Reason, Compassion, Hope

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...]

This is What Community Looks Like


Having been holed-up in the Ethical Culture Leaders’ Retreat the past few days I missed the news that Greta Christina, a fellow atheist blogger, is suffering health trouble and was soliciting support from readers and sympathetic fellow-travelers. After only a couple of days she has ceased asking for support because contributors have already met her [Read More...]

The Argument for Humanist Communities

Since much of what I write here is about the development of meatspace communities for Humanists, it makes sense to give a brief case as to why I think they’re valuable. Not all non-theists agree that such spaces would have much benefit, and many religious people don’t really get the point either. So let’s put [Read More...]