What does the Florida Humanist Association (FHA) do?
The FHA promotes organized Humanism and Humanist causes in Florida. It acts as a liaison of Humanist thought and action, providing a sense of community through conferences and correspondence.
The organization promotes the use of reason and rational thinking that is compatible with the modern world. Appreciation for science and volunteerism while showing compassion for others is a key part of the FHA’s mission and is evidence by the programs under development:
• Science League for Kids - focuses on developing critical thinking skills and teamwork in girls and boys while helping them learn about Humanism.
• Humanists Care - an educational program to help mobilize Humanists to get more “hands on” in their community via outreach and charity work.
• Meet a Secular Humanist - works to empower Humanists to share their beliefs with others in their community whether that be with family and friends, in houses of worships or other group settings.
In addition to the programs mentioned above, the FHA has been arranging speaking tours every 4 to 8 weeks for individuals that promote Humanism. The presenters will include authors, scientists, philosophers, and activists involved in the secular community.
• March - Dr. Peter Boghossian, author of “A Manual for Creating Atheists”
• April - Katherine Stewart, author of “The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children”
• May through September are in the works
Why should my group become an affiliate?
The FHA is building a statewide association of member groups with the shared goal of advancing Humanism. The FHA succeeds as an organization only when our affiliate groups achieve their goals, which in turn leads to a society guided by reason, empathy, and our growing body of knowledge.
In addition to helping the organization further its mission, monies have been set aside for grants to affiliates that have demonstrated their commitment to volunteerism, charity, and education. In addition, we promote our affiliates’ achievements and programs via the FHA monthly newsletter, social media sites, and the FHA website. Affiliates are the first to be contacted when a speaking tour is being arranged and discounts are given for our annual conference.
Organizations that participate as affiliates further the FHA’s goal of promoting a worldview that encourages individuals to live informed, meaningful lives and contribute to the greater good without dogma.
Why should I become a member?
Joining as an individual member gives you and your fellow Humanists a voice in the state of Florida by providing the much-needed financial support and strength in numbers necessary to achieve our goals.
Every year the FHA will be organizing a conference that is both fun and educational and as a bonus to members, tickets are discounted.
If you want to help create solidarity across the community of reason, encourage your group to affiliate with the FHA or become an individual member today!
In this issue of The Florida Humanist, you will find tips on preparing for a Humanist wedding, the story of how one student found community in her local Secular Student Alliance group, a listing of events being held statewide by the FHA’s affiliates, updates from the AHA, and much more.
From the Florida Freethought Conference 2013
D.J. Grothe- The Values of Truth-Telling: Why Skeptics Need Humanism (and vice versa)
D.J. explores the relationship of skepticism with Humanism. He argues that either without the other is impoverished and details ways that skeptics and Humanists, to the extent that they see themselves differently, can work together in common cause: advancing reason in the public interest.
Florida Freethought Conference 2013, hosted by the Florida Humanist Association
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