BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ABOUT THE SECULAR HUMANIST SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
The Secular Humanist Society of New York is the leading freethought organization in the New York City area, promoting the principles of reason and science, and an ethical lifestance centered upon the supreme value of the individual human.
SHSNY was founded on February 10, 1988, when fourteen persons, solicited from the Free Inquiry magazine mailing list, met at Variety Recording Studios on 42nd Street in Manhattan. While SHSNY's steadily growing membership is of course concentrated in the greater New York metropolitan area, we are pleased to have members (and subscribers to our newsletter, PIQUE) from as far away as Florida and California, Liechtenstein and Australia.
The Secular Humanist Society of New York (SHSNY) is a Charter Chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA), an Affiliate Member of Atheist Alliance International (AAI), an Affiliated Local Group of the Council for Secular Humanism (CSH) program of the Center for Inquiry (CFI), and an Endorsing Group in the Secular Coalition for New York (SCNY).
WHAT SHSNY DOES
SHSNY holds social and educational meetings – to which all are invited – every week of the month. They are the perfect way to get to know more about our people and our ideas.
Our Humanist Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month (in person if possible, online if not). Our Fiction Book Club gathers (or Zooms) every second Tuesday, and every other Monday we Zoom to discuss Monday Movies we’ve screened recently. Social distancing permitting we gather in person for casual Brunch & Conversa-tion every third Sunday; and we gather online for Humanist Happy Hour every Sunday at 5.
That’s not all. We celebrate Darwin Day – and our own SHSNY anniversary – with a gala dinner on or about February 12 each year, as well as the National Day of Reason in May and Freethought Day in October, both at historic Pete’s Tavern, with such distinguished speakers as poet/historian Jennifer Michael Hecht, and Columbia University’s John Dewey Professor of Philosophy Philip Kitcher.
More? Several times a year we sponsor, stage or collaborate with other Reasonable New York freethought groups on very special events, from lobbying campaigns and demonstrations to solstice picnics and holiday parties.
Come celebrate life with us.