Why is OMAHA needed?

The Omaha metro area already has a number of excellent non-theistic organizations including, for example, the Humanist focused UNO Council for Humanist Thought, so why start up another one?

I think multiple non-theistic groups in a metro area are a good thing as, over time, even very similar groups will develop their own personality and their own core group of followers willing to take on leadership roles to keep a group active and growing. I would also expect to see lots of people that are members of many groups. For example, I’m a member of Omaha Atheists, United Atheists, the Secular Coalition for Nebraska, REASON, UNO Secular Student Association and the UNO Council for Humanist Thought to name a few. In some groups I take a more active role, while in others I’m there for the socialization or just as an observer, but I enjoy them all, often for different reasons.

The OMAHA group was created for several reasons. First, while we had a local student-led Humanist group, the transient nature of student populations makes it difficult keeping such a group active on a continual basis. We've seen this when school lets out for the summer, or when students running an organization graduate and move on, or when the leader's interest and level of commitment wane, or their student workload increases. OMAHA seeks to create a more permanent Humanist organization in the metro area that is active all year, and works very closely with the students in the UNO Council for Humanist Thought.

Secondly, we wanted to form a Humanist group as a chartered chapter of the American Humanist Association to take advantage of the support and assistance of a major national organization, plus AHA Chartered Chapters receive preference when it comes to the allocation of resources. (If interested you can learn about the advantages of being in the chartered chapter program here. Spoiler alert: there are many)

And thirdly, the more groups we have the more likely it is that one of them will appeal to a potentially unserved segment of the population. It’s the same reason auto manufacturers sell more than one model of car and restaurants have varied menu items. There are probably people out there who, either because of work, home, social or reasons of personal conviction, are unable or unwilling to join a group with “atheist” in the name, but are okay with the word “Humanist” for example. Hopefully they’ll find and join OMAHA and perhaps, eventually, other groups.

Read our Mission Statement, Values and Philosophy and I think you'll agree that OMAHA is different enough from other groups to occupy its own niche where, even in our community, there are people scattered all along the spectrum of non-belief. I'm sure that OMAHA can fill a role in addressing the needs of a unique segment of that spectrum and, in doing so, can compliment the excellent organizations already working hard to serve and grow the our local community of reason.

William Newman

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6 Reasons to be a Humanist January 27, 2014 9:31 AM anonymous
Links to OMAHA on the web January 27, 2014 11:24 AM anonymous
Why is OMAHA needed? January 23, 2014 2:17 PM anonymous
Mission Statement, Values and Philosophy January 23, 2014 1:17 PM anonymous
About OMAHA (Omaha Metro Area Humanist Association) January 23, 2014 1:22 PM anonymous

Omaha, NE

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