What we're about

We are a Boston Area Chapter of the American Humanist Association. Join or donate here. ( https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TC72RU3SPCLU6&source=url )

We are the people living in the Boston Metropolitan area (extending into southern New Hampshire and parts of Rhode Island) who believe in Humanism and a humanistic worldview. We like to get together with each other, and other secular and freethinking people, in formal or informal humanistically-oriented activities, such as our speakers, Small Group Discussion, and luncheon meetings, as well as the occasional film or community event. We also try to promote other relevant secular and humanistic events from other chapters and groups in this geographical area. Ask to be on our email list for free newletter or check this site and FB frequently.

We are a membership organization and chapter of the American Humanist Association. We were founded in 1972 as Humanist Association of Massachusetts and helped seed many of the other great local secular and humanist groups in the state. Any donation of $35 or more constitutes membership, but we welcome any amount. For an address to send checks, please contact us here on Meetup or Facebook.

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Upcoming events (2)

Humanist Small Group (2nd, 4th THURS.) October 24: On Kindness

Join our GBH Small Group Discussion for "building community through self-reflection, vulnerability and story-telling." We will meet at the Capital Cafe on the 2nd and 4th THURSDAYS of each month (Note: this is a NEW WEEKDAY for these meetings and a start time half an hour later. Mark your calendars now for the following Small Group meeting on Thursday, November 14, also at 7). The next Group meeting will be THURSDAY OCTOBER 24 and the topic will be Kindness. "Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not." -Samuel Johnson How can we practice kindness even when it is difficult? Opportunities abound to focus on academic discussion and debate. Finding a space to feel safe opening up and being vulnerable in community is much less common. HSG aims to be that space where we share personal experiences related to the topic. Following group agreements and introductions (of both people and topic), the discussion will take place in three rounds. During the first two rounds, participants have the opportunity to share personal experiences related to the topic once each round without interruption, feedback or advice giving. This format insures introverts have an opportunity to share. The third round is an open discussion where you may speak more than once. This program is hosted by Greater Boston Humanists. Stay tuned here for topics of future Humanist Small Group meeting dates. Capital One Cafe is accessible by MTBA and is located steps away from the Harvard Square T station on JFK Street.

October Talk: Shaina Rogstag 'Climate Change & Climate Action in Massachusetts'

Climate change affects the entire planet, but what the impacts look like vary geographically. What will it look like here in Massachusetts, what is being done about it, and how can we help? This month, following September's Climate Strike and ramped up activism around the globe, please join us for a special presentation about projections for climate change in Massachusetts over the next century and how we can respond to it led by Shaina Rogstad. We will discuss current Massachusetts legislative action that aims to combat the climate crisis, and what we can do as individuals to support and expand it. Shaina is a Ph.D Candidate at UMass Amherst in the Department of Geosciences. Her research focuses on using global climate modeling to determine how the climate system as a whole might respond to changes in the Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS). Her social media handle is @ScienceShaina. The event will be photographed and recorded. Snacks and socializing will follow the talk. FREE Parking will be available in the nearby Littauer Center parking lot, as well as free meter parking in Cambridge on Sundays. For Littauer, enter the Maxwell Dworkin Science Quadrangle from Oxford St (opposite the Natural History Museum). Wind your way through to the Littauer Lot at the end of the road. This lies between the Law School Library and the Science Center. Phillips Brooks House is just across from the Science Center in Harvard Yard. Harvard Square MBTA (train and bus) station is just steps away from Phillips Brooks House, which is in the corner of Harvard Yard just across from the Science Center. Parking is also available on the street (free in Cambridge on Sundays).

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