BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Rafferty President, Editor
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.
Humanism is a philosophy of life guided by reason and science, freed from religious and secular dogmas, motivated by an appreciation of life and the lives of others, seeking to reach goals of human happiness, freedom and understanding of this earth, in this life.
The Secular Humanist Society of New York (SHSNY) is a 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 Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month; we enjoy Movie Night the second Monday; we gather for casual Brunch & Conversation every third Sunday; and we screen thought-provoking Great Lectures on DVD the fourth Wednesday. In addition, our Studying Humanism study group meets on last Mondays between October and June. Check the Calendar of Events page for details on current and upcoming events.
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 Past President of the ACLU Norman Dorsen, and Columbia’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!
HONORARY MEMBERS NO LONGER WITH US