HSGP is a warm and welcoming community of humanists, atheists, agnostics, free-thinkers, and non-theists of all stripes. The group aims to enrich the lives of any who join us through explorations in science, philosophy, history, and the arts.
We are primarily an educational organization, providing bi-monthly lectures by experts in various fields; opportunities for intellectual discourse over books, arts, and specific discussion topics; and social events such as game nights, potlucks, and special celebrations through the year. Our members have diverse and passionate interests in topics such as separation of church and state, evolution, technology, and environmental issues.
We offer a community of secular minded people who want to spend time with like-minded individuals in a non-religious setting. Though we do not (yet) provide childcare at HSGP events, we do have a playroom and a family bathroom available, so parents are welcome to bring their children. Please consider joining us, for events that interest you, or as a member of our growing community.
About Humanism (from the American Humanist Association)
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix meets twice a month (not quite the same as every other week) on Sunday mornings. Meetings are free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Humanism or the speaker's topic.
Doors open at 9:00 AM. We begin by enjoying the company of our fellow Humanists over coffee and breakfast. The program begins at 10:00 AM, when we share announcements and then hear from a guest speaker. Our post-lecture discussions usually end by 11:30, when we invite members and guests to participate in light clean-up chores.
We do not yet have childcare available for every meeting, but our center has a pleasant Kid's room, and members of the community often cooperate to maximize the number of adults who are able to attend the meeting.
At our regular Sunday meetings, breakfast is available for a donation of $5.00 or $1.00 for coffee only. Whether you are just coming to hear the speaker or wish to have coffee or breakfast as well, please check in at the welcome desk by the entrance door. Of course, other donations are always gratefully accepted.
Volunteer to help keep our Breakfast Program going! You can volunteer for something easy or you can volunteer for multiple tasks. You can also volunteer for future events. For instructions on how to do that, see the section below entitled "VOLUNTEERING"
For your convenience, the membership desk is immediately behind the welcome desk at each Sunday meeting. Stop by to join or renew your membership in HSGP, or to update your records such as your email address.
Volunteering is fun and easy. We need volunteers to help us keep HSGP successful at all of the wonderful things that we do so please consider volunteering! To do that, just follow the instructions below.
First, click on the "Sign Up" button below. The Access Code (password) is routinely sent out in meeting notices (please save the password) but if you have forgotten it, or need help with SignUp Genius, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible. Then select the event type that you want to volunteer for. The first thing that you will see is a description of the volunteer opportunities with some fair amount of detail. Scroll down from there to the table and be sure to select the correct date for the event that you are volunteering for. Select whatever opportunity that you want and click the box. Finally, click on the "Submit and Sign Up" button at the bottom.
The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix is open to presentations on a variety of topics, many of which are controversial. Please note that the opinions expressed by our guest speakers do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint or philosophy of HSGP.
Our speakers' program and various discussion forums are open to all who want to keep their minds stimulated or wish to explore a topic of interest with other Humanists. We demonstrate the people-centric values of Humanism by being a positive influence in the community. We do this through our meetings and lectures (free to the public); community service, such as our support of Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development and the work they do for at-risk youth; and networking with students at campuses throughout Maricopa County to encourage debates and humanistic activities. We affiliate with other groups (including the Freedom from Religion Foundation and Secular Coalition for Arizona) that work to preserve separation of church and state and thereby protecting individual rights.
Our Membership is drawn from a cross section of the Greater Phoenix area. Members range in age from early 20s to 90+, with backgrounds from many professions and walks of life. The only requirement for membership is interest in the principles of Humanism. Participation can be limited to simply attending meetings, or becoming actively involved in projects.
HSGP is an educational non-profit organization. All dues and donations are deductible for income tax purposes.