Humanists in the Community

Are you interested in making a difference in your community?  Are you frustrated that those opportunities are most often affiliated with a religious organization?  Would you like to volunteer in a meaningful way among kindred Humanists, Atheists and other non-believers?  Help the economically poor and/or homeless, clean up the environment, work with immigrant communities? 

To help the non-religious community in San Francisco to find opportunities to make life better for others, we are organizing “Humanists in the Community”.  In our first meeting we will be developing a list of issues/needs and will identify which areas are of greatest interest to the group.  We will also be working on short and long term goals to accomplishing our objectives.  Bring your ideas.  This group will be primarily about “doing” not “discussing”.

We will be working toward 3 objectives-

  Personal- “I want to do something meaningful with my life.”

  Community- There are unmet needs in our communities.

Group (Humanists)- How to overcome the belief that the desire to do good comes from religion?

Michelle Grisé is facilitating this meeting.

Michelle moved to San Francisco in 2012.  This group is being driven by her lifelong passion to serve those in need and to live in community.  She previously was the Volunteer Coordinator for Daily Bread, the hot meals program for the Interfaith Relief food pantry in Leesburg, VA.  She later served as Secretary for that organization before becoming a member of the Board of Directors.  This Board was responsible for hiring the first fulltime paid employee to run the food pantry.

She has been a frequent voice for justice, writing numerous letters to editor, appearing on local television, speaking at town hall meetings on subjects such as immigration, militarization in school and ending war.

She is a member and former convener for the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (formerly the Iraq Pledge of Resistance).

If you would be interested in this group please accept our invitation.

Sponsored by Bay Area Humanists (www.sfhumanists.org)


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  • Claudia O.

    I use BART to 16th and Mission and then walk three blocks. Works great! Claudia

    January 6, 2014

  • jane w.

    I'd love to attend but can't stand the ordeal of getting to SF, parking, etc. (I am in Berkeley)

    January 6, 2014

    • Laura M.

      Me too, although I use BART. Does BART work for you?

      January 6, 2014

  • Tom H.

    Sorry I can't attend; am going to the Prairie Home Companion show next Sat. PM. Will want to get an update on plans. Tom

    January 6, 2014

  • Vanessa Gomez B.

    I have dance practice. Sorry to miss this! I'm auditioning for the Ethnic Dance Festival the next day. Otherwise, I'd be there! I look forward to hearing what comes of this. :)

    January 6, 2014

  • Marty

    Hi Everyone, I'd like very much to attend as well but I have two prior commitments next Saturday afternoon and evening. I told Phil a couple of ideas I had for ways our group can volunteer, and I'll be interested to see what you guys come up with. Thanks to all for coming to my Rawls presentation - over 30 people attended! Marty

    January 6, 2014

  • Tom H.

    Would have loved to attend but 10 of us will be attending Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion on next Sat., the 11th. I'll look forward to hearing about what came out of your meeting. Tom

    January 5, 2014

  • Lynn S.

    It's a great idea. I don't have the stamina for this level of physical activism but I am very much interested in getting humanists and atheists to "come out" and run for political office as atheists and humanists. Social and political issues are often driven by faith, not just in a god but by the need for faith as opposed to rational thinking. I'd like to get that out into the community.

    December 28, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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