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 award-winning documentary “The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today” was shown to the HSGP membership at the December 1, 2013 meeting. The audience laughed, cheered, and murmured in all the appropriate places. Many of the comments in the post-film discussion referred to the fact that things have not changed enough since the US Supreme Court decision was handed down in this case.
For a summary of the film go to the PBS website at www.pbs.org/programs/lord-is-not-on-trial-here-today/
Thanks to Kathy and Bruce Petticrew, the DVD is available in the HSGP Robert G. Ingersoll library as is Vashti McCollum's book" One Woman's Fight".
In early 2011, Eric Nguyen of the American Humanist Association interviewed Shelley Newman, HSGP's president at that time. The interview serves as a profile of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, including a brief history of the organization.
Read the interview on the American Humanist Association Website.
At our regular Sunday meetings, breakfast is offered for sale to members and guests for $5.00. For coffee only, the charge is $1.00. If you would like to have coffee and/or food, please pay at the welcome desk by the entrance door. Of course, donations are always gratefully accepted as well.
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.
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.
The Odyssey of the Mind children's program has returned for a second year. Last season the group made an excellent showing at both the regional and the state competitions and group leader Brian Callaway is sure to have something new and exciting for this year. The group meets in the Children's Room during the regular Sunday speaker meeting and is open to drop-ins.
Humanist Community Center
627 W. Rio Salado Parkway* - Mesa, AZ 85201
* The City of Mesa recently changed the name of W. 8th Street to W. Rio Salado Parkway. The HCC has not moved, it merely has a new street name in its address.
Please note: In order for us to receive mail or other deliveries, they must be sent to:
Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix
P.O. Box 15112
Mesa, AZ 85211-3112
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.
HSGP is an Educational Organization rooted in the values of Secular Humanism.
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.