What we're about

Welcome to the Humanist Association of Orange County Meetup page. We are an official chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA). We hold regular meetings to promote Humanism and Humanist values as described in but not limited to Humanism and Its Aspirations and Humanist Manifesto III.

Humanism is a comprehensive philosophy of life or Worldview that uses the latest knowledge of science, logic, reason, empathy and morality as a foundation to lead meaningful and ethical lives that aspire to the greater good for all which includes humans, animals and the environment.

Join us for presentations, discussions, activities and community building as we explore a variety of relevant and interesting topics.

HAOC Membership

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HAOC Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer Organizer

Poverty and Homelessness

Charity Donation Coordinator

Community Service

Advocacy

Events (The Great American Write-In, booths, marches etc.)

Technology (Website, Meetup, Branding, etc.)

Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube)

Outreach (Promote Humanism and its values)

Other (just ask or help us)

Upcoming events (5)

[Partner Event] AU Summer Series (not just) for Seminarians

This virtual education series is designed for seminarians (or others) to gain a deeper understanding of religious freedom and church-state separation. Please join us in four individual training sessions that focus on the historical, legal, and practical ways to engage in advocacy work on religious freedom issues!

To Register, find each "Click here to register!" link on this page https://www.au.org/summerseries

Click here to view a shareable course flyer.
https://www.au.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/Summer%20Series%20for%20Seminarians%20Flyer%20Final%20.pdf

COURSE SCHEDULE SUMMARY
June 8th: Understanding Religious Freedom: Embracing the Many Voices
June 15th: What’s At Stake for Church-State Separation?
June 22nd: Religious Freedom Violations - What Are They? How To Report Them?
June 29th: Next Steps: Become an Advocate!

COURSE SCHEDULE w/ DETAILS

June 8th: Understanding Religious Freedom: Embracing the Many Voices
The First Amendment guarantees the right to the freedom of religion to every person. This webinar is a dialogue for participants to understand religious freedom via the experiences of racial and religious minority communities involved in advocacy work.

Speakers:
Rachel Laser, President and CEO, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Charles Watson, Jr., Director of Education, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC)
Kiran Kaur Gill, Executive Director, SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund)

June 15th: What’s At Stake for Church-State Separation?
With the rise of religious nationalism in America’s judicial and political systems, the stakes are high for church-state separation. AU’s Vice President of Public Policy will help us understand the current state of play at the state and national level.

Speaker: Maggie Garrett, Vice President of Public Policy, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

June 22nd: Religious Freedom Violations - What Are They? How To Report Them?
Learn about identifying religious freedom violations and one way you can help resolve them - reaching out to AU’s legal team.

Speaker: Ian Smith, Staff Attorney, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

June 29th: Next Steps: Become an Advocate!
Bring together everything you’ve learned in AU’s Summer Series for Seminarians to take action. In this webinar, we will explore how small actions can lead to big change and share tools and tips for high-impact advocacy.

Speaker: Sarah Gillooly, Vice President of Outreach and Engagement, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

OC Humanist Community Open Discussion

Online event

Join us (every other Thursday) for a wide-open discussion on any topic of interest, all to have some fun and build community. The group will decide on topics. Suggestions include:
· Upcoming events (SoCal Secular Coalition, AHA etc.)
· Current events (in the news, covid, politics etc.)
- How do we deal with news sources, who to trust, how to verify fact
from fiction, need for humility - the balance of freedoms and
boundaries
- Humanism
o how do we live meaningful lives
o how can we build humanist communities
- Show and tell – what’s on your mind? (two give 3-5min review)
o Book review
o Could be about anything you're passionate about or interested in (music, art, hobbies
- Discuss fun things to do together -. Anything else on your mind

Join the "Focus on Social Justice" group

Online event

This group is looking to create awareness and change in the all-important social justice movement. We are collaborating with a number of local groups, including United Nations Association, Poor People’s Campaign-OC, and local OC progressive-minded groups to build ‘strength in numbers’ and make a difference. Meetings will be bi-weekly, every other Saturday, 10-11:30am. We’ll focus on areas that each of us have an interest in, and engage in lots of good, open, stimulating discussion… and action. (We just finished up reviewing Kendi's book "How to be an Anti-Racist").

[Partner Event] AU Summer Series (not just) for Seminarians

This virtual education series is designed for seminarians (or others) to gain a deeper understanding of religious freedom and church-state separation. Please join us in four individual training sessions that focus on the historical, legal, and practical ways to engage in advocacy work on religious freedom issues!

To Register, find each "Click here to register!" link on this page https://www.au.org/summerseries

Click here to view a shareable course flyer.
https://www.au.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/Summer%20Series%20for%20Seminarians%20Flyer%20Final%20.pdf

COURSE SCHEDULE SUMMARY
June 8th: Understanding Religious Freedom: Embracing the Many Voices
June 15th: What’s At Stake for Church-State Separation?
June 22nd: Religious Freedom Violations - What Are They? How To Report Them?
June 29th: Next Steps: Become an Advocate!

COURSE SCHEDULE w/ DETAILS

June 8th: Understanding Religious Freedom: Embracing the Many Voices
The First Amendment guarantees the right to the freedom of religion to every person. This webinar is a dialogue for participants to understand religious freedom via the experiences of racial and religious minority communities involved in advocacy work.

Speakers:
Rachel Laser, President and CEO, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Charles Watson, Jr., Director of Education, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC)
Kiran Kaur Gill, Executive Director, SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund)

June 15th: What’s At Stake for Church-State Separation?
With the rise of religious nationalism in America’s judicial and political systems, the stakes are high for church-state separation. AU’s Vice President of Public Policy will help us understand the current state of play at the state and national level.

Speaker: Maggie Garrett, Vice President of Public Policy, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

June 22nd: Religious Freedom Violations - What Are They? How To Report Them?
Learn about identifying religious freedom violations and one way you can help resolve them - reaching out to AU’s legal team.

Speaker: Ian Smith, Staff Attorney, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

June 29th: Next Steps: Become an Advocate!
Bring together everything you’ve learned in AU’s Summer Series for Seminarians to take action. In this webinar, we will explore how small actions can lead to big change and share tools and tips for high-impact advocacy.

Speaker: Sarah Gillooly, Vice President of Outreach and Engagement, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

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