What we're about

Mission Statement: The Humanist Community of Ventura County is a welcoming social environment offering fellowship for those committed to secular values and community service.

Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity. Essentially, we're your friendly neighborhood non-believers who are here to show the world that we're “good without god.” While others have churches, temples, and mosques; there are no similar groups for people who take a more pragmatic non-supernatural approach to dealing with life's dilemmas. More than anything, we provide support and a safe, positive sense of community among local Ventura County Humanists!

We meet for discussion groups monthly, as well as social gatherings, outdoor activities, and community service projects. We welcome people in all stages of life; singles, couples, families, and senior citizens. If you identify as atheist, agnostic, secular, skeptic, humanist, or even Jeffersonian deist and looking for like-minded folks, you have found a your people.

We are a Charter Chapter of the American Humanist Association, and the international charity Foundation Beyond Belief. We have nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, so donations are tax deductible and we participate in community events as such. We support and network with other like minded groups in our region, state and nation. See our website for more information. www.HCoVC.com .

All are welcome; we hope to meet you soon!

Check out our Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/TheHumanistCommunity (https://www.facebook.com/#!/TheHumanistCommunity)

Checkout our website here:
www.hcovc. (http://www.hcovc.com)org

Upcoming events (5)

FYI: Humanist Seminar at the UU Church of Ventura

Online event

The UUCV Humanist Seminar meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 11:30 to 1:00.

NEW CONNECTION INFORMATION

The UUCV Humanist Seminar meets via Zoom video-conference. The Zoom meeting ID is[masked], Passcode: jKzi6A. To join the meeting, download the Zoom app from zoom.us to your computer, tablet or smartphone, open the app, and enter the meeting ID. Alternatively, go to https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7247964333?pwd=d1puQmhET1FsV25OTXUzZWJTV3B5Zz09 and follow the instructions. Please enable both video and audio.

CURRENT BOOK

Our next book, starting with the Sunday, Feb. 14 meeting, is First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country by Thomas E. Ricks.

Ricks focuses on the influence of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers, politicians and generals and of the Scottish Enlightenment on the founders of the United States.

Jefferson was an epicurean (e.g. the pursuit of happiness). John Adams aimed to become an American Cicero. Washington was a stoic who adapted the Fabian military strategy (used by Rome to drive off Hannibal) to win the Revolutionary War. Madison closely studied Greek and Roman history to learn how previous republics failed.

A number of commentators have referred to this book recently, pointing out that the Constitution was written in part to protect the country against someone like Trump. There is much in the book that is relevant to our current situation and to talk of a so-called "Patriot Party".

Reading Schedule

February 14 – Through Chapter 3: John Adams Aims to Become an American Cicero
Extra readings (optional)
Cato the Younger on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cato_the_Younger)
Cicero on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero)
The Catiline Conspiracy (https://www.ancient.eu/article/861/cicero--the-catiline-conspiracy/)

February 28 – Through Chapter 7: Jefferson’s Declaration of the “American Mind”

March 14 – Through Chapter 11: Madison and the Constitution

March 28 – Finish the Book

This is a Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura (UUCV) event. It is not affiliated with the Humanist Community of Ventura County, though our members often attend.

Participants discuss assigned readings on the nature of social ethics, which would advance human welfare, and on scientific methodology as the source of provisional truth about the universe and its denizens. Analytic thinking, rather than recall, is the modus operandi.

One can enter the seminar at any time. The only expense is the purchase of assigned books from time to time. You do not need to be a church member.

HUMANIST DINNER replaced by Zoom call

Needs a location

DINNERS HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY OUR HUMANIST HANG OUT ZOOM CALLS UNTIL THE QUARANTINE HAS LIFTED
--- See Zoom Meetups for details ---

“Sapere aude!"
We have monthly gatherings to be with friends on the first Sunday but may change to avoid holidays. It rotates around Ventura County so it could be Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ventura, Simi, etc.. But don't wait till it comes to your area, or you'll miss meeting some really fun people outside your bubble!
If you would like to have it in your area contact Paul Schmeer to arrange it.

*Sapere aude is the Latin phrase meaning “Dare to know”; and also is loosely translated as “Dare to be wise”, or even more loosely as "Dare to think for yourself!" It is the motto for the entire period of the Enlightenment, and Kant used it to develop his theories of the application of reason in the public sphere of human affairs.

PLEASE DO RSVP if you plan to attend so the restaurant can make room for the size of our group. We love having you, but it's been difficult to grow the table to accommodate last minute drop ins. You can cancel or update the RSVP anytime.

• What to bring: Your appetite for food & and social gathering where thoughts, passions and concerns are there to share.
If you want to bring a friend or family member, they are welcomed too!

• Important to know: This is a safe place to discuss any topic relating to politics, religion, taboos, society in general or recent news. It is a night of "free inquiry" and open discussion.
If you are having difficulty with a dilemma or looking articulate a viewpoint, we are there for you.

Mayday for Humanity - A Nationwide Event

Online event

On Thursday, May 6, 2021, please join the Freethought Society, Recovering From Religion, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Secular Student Alliance and the Secular Coalition for America as we celebrate The National Day of Reason by hosting a Zoom entertainment extravaganza entitled “Mayday for Humanity.” The event will begin at 4:00 PM PST/7:00 PM EST.

Comedians Leighann Lord and Ian Harris will co-host this 3-hour event. They will usher in an array of comedians, poets, and musical performers.

All funds donated during the event will benefit homeless shelters and food banks selected by the co-sponsors. Beneficiary organizations operate in a nondiscriminatory and secular manner.

This entertaining and enlightening program will interweave messages from co-sponsors, celebrity supporters, and people who are conducting grassroots community service projects during the 2021 Secular Week of Action (April 30-May 9).

An online auction will also take place with items donated by renowned-sculptor Zenos Frudakis, award-winning science writer Ann Druyan, illusionist Curt Anderson, the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara and many others.

Pre-Register for the Zoom event & Get YOUR Log In at:
bit.ly/Join4Humanity

Pre-event donations can be made at:
bit.ly/MAYDAY4HUMANITY

You can also donate via text! Just text the code:
MAYDAY4HUMANITY to[masked]

Below is the list of performers and guest appearances:
• Ty Barnett
• Sandra Booker
• Baba Brinkman
• John Davidson
• Ann Druyan
• John Fugelsang
• Victor Harris
• Jon Huertas
• Keith Lowell Jensen
• John de Lancie
• Hemant Mehta
• Shelley Segal
• Gary Stockdale
• Penn & Teller
• Jill Sobule
• Julia Sweeney
• Voices of Reason

FYI: Humanist Seminar at the UU Church of Ventura

Online event

The UUCV Humanist Seminar meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 11:30 to 1:00.

NEW CONNECTION INFORMATION

The UUCV Humanist Seminar meets via Zoom video-conference. The Zoom meeting ID is[masked], Passcode: jKzi6A. To join the meeting, download the Zoom app from zoom.us to your computer, tablet or smartphone, open the app, and enter the meeting ID. Alternatively, go to https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7247964333?pwd=d1puQmhET1FsV25OTXUzZWJTV3B5Zz09 and follow the instructions. Please enable both video and audio.

CURRENT BOOK

Our next book, starting with the Sunday, Feb. 14 meeting, is First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country by Thomas E. Ricks.

Ricks focuses on the influence of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers, politicians and generals and of the Scottish Enlightenment on the founders of the United States.

Jefferson was an epicurean (e.g. the pursuit of happiness). John Adams aimed to become an American Cicero. Washington was a stoic who adapted the Fabian military strategy (used by Rome to drive off Hannibal) to win the Revolutionary War. Madison closely studied Greek and Roman history to learn how previous republics failed.

A number of commentators have referred to this book recently, pointing out that the Constitution was written in part to protect the country against someone like Trump. There is much in the book that is relevant to our current situation and to talk of a so-called "Patriot Party".

Reading Schedule

February 14 – Through Chapter 3: John Adams Aims to Become an American Cicero
Extra readings (optional)
Cato the Younger on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cato_the_Younger)
Cicero on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero)
The Catiline Conspiracy (https://www.ancient.eu/article/861/cicero--the-catiline-conspiracy/)

February 28 – Through Chapter 7: Jefferson’s Declaration of the “American Mind”

March 14 – Through Chapter 11: Madison and the Constitution

March 28 – Finish the Book

This is a Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura (UUCV) event. It is not affiliated with the Humanist Community of Ventura County, though our members often attend.

Participants discuss assigned readings on the nature of social ethics, which would advance human welfare, and on scientific methodology as the source of provisional truth about the universe and its denizens. Analytic thinking, rather than recall, is the modus operandi.

One can enter the seminar at any time. The only expense is the purchase of assigned books from time to time. You do not need to be a church member.

Past events (453)

Humanist Hangout - SPRING BREAKOUT!

Online event

Photos (1,290)

Find us also at