What we're about

In a world where religious conservatives oppose private and civil rights on scriptural grounds, where school boards are trying to inject superstition into science classrooms, where our leaders abdicate responsibility to a higher source, do you ever feel like the scales are tipped against you? You are not alone!

We are a group of Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists and Secularists based at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica and involved in LA's wider free-thought movement. We have monthly meetings on the 4th Sunday of the month where we discuss various topics, books or articles, and we also host social events and prominent guest speakers on issues of interest to AAHS. We support the ethical principles of Unitarian Universalism (http://www.uusm.org/for-visitors/about-unitarian-universalism/uu-principles) while promoting a specifically non-theistic understanding of the world and our place in it.


Wait, you're atheists who meet at a church? How does that make any sense?

Excellent question. Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a very liberal, radically unconventional religious movement that welcomes people from a wide variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds to create progressive community around shared values rather than specific beliefs. UUs place an emphasis on celebrating this life and working to improve this world. They are anti-dogmatic and non-creedal by nature, encouraging members to engage in a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning." Historically, Unitarianism has played a special role in the development of modern Humanism (aka "Secular Humanism") going back to the early 20th Century. Many UU ministers have described themselves as Humanists, and it's common for UU congregations to have large contingents (half or more) of non-theists.

So, do I have to join this church to be part of your group?

Certainly not. Some of us are active members of UUSM and involved in other aspects of it (choir, LGBT group, social justice committee etc.) and some of us just like to participate in AAHS activities. Meetings and events are always open to the public.

Prominent Guest Speakers? Like who?

In the two years, we have hosted the Secular Coalition for America's Herb Silverman, atheist author and professor Phil Zuckerman, author/humanist chaplain Greg Epstein and blogger James Croft from the Humanist Community at Harvard, sexuality and religion author/psychologist Darrel Ray, African humanist and human rights activist Leo Igwe, and "A Manual for Creating Atheists" author Peter Boghossian. More to come!

A lot of people throw the word "Humanism" around, but I'm not sure I know specifically what it means.

Modern Humanism (as opposed to other older forms like Renaissance Humanism) is a progressive, non-supernatural philosophy that the natural universe we know is the only one and the best way to understand it is through reason. Humanism calls for human solutions to human problems and promotes compassion and human rights for all humankind. Here's a great article on the development of Humanism in America:


How is atheism different from Humanism?

Atheism is simply, by definition, the lack of belief in a god or gods. It may connote but does not require any other beliefs or values. For some people, the "atheist" label is all they need. For others, "Humanist" is a better identifier because it includes ethics, compassion, reason and science -- the whole package. Many people describe themselves as both.

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Freethinker Forum: Atheism, Civil Rights, and the Radical Beliefs of MLK

Unitarian Universalist Community Church

At our January Freethinker Forum, we will look at the unsung legacy of atheists and humanists in the civil rights movement, which is well-known for its religious overtones and the participation of many progressive clergy members. Has history overlooked the influence and legacy of Humanism in this struggle for freedom, which overlapped with the work of many decidedly unorthodox thinkers and radical labor organizers such as A. Philip Randolph? We will also consider the true theology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which remains little known outside of academic circles. Some recent scholarship from writer Be Scofield on "the unknown faith of MLK" illuminates the deep religious and philosophical thought of a man who communicated in high oratory, using classical religious imagery and Biblical references, but had some humanistic beliefs about God, Jesus and the arc of justice that might really surprise you. Join us Sun. Jan 27th from 1PM-3PM in the Cottage. All are welcome to participate in a lively but moderated discussion where diverse viewpoints are respected and appreciated. *Parking Info If you come to the 11AM service at UU Santa Monica, free parking is available in the UCLA medical center structure on the SW corner of 16th and Arizona (enter on 16th St.). Ample street parking is available during the afternoon at meters (free on Sunday) along Santa Monica and Wilshire. Contact: [masked] Our Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/467213783350025/ Our Meetup Group: https://www.meetup.com/AAHS-Atheists-Agnostics-Humanists-Secularists/ AAHS is a local group of the UU Humanist Association (huumanists.org). More info: AAHS (Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists & Secularists/Skeptics) is a group that meets monthly (4th Sundays) for discussion and fellowship at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica (www.uusm.org). All are welcome! "The time has come for widespread recognition of the radical changes in religious beliefs throughout the modern world. The time is past for mere revision of traditional attitudes. Science and economic change have disrupted the old beliefs. Religions the world over are under the necessity of coming to terms with new conditions created by a vastly increased knowledge and experience. In every field of human activity, the vital movement is now in the direction of a candid and explicit humanism." -Humanist Manifesto 1, 1933

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