What we're about

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Freethought Community (PFC)!

Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area

If you are looking to join community of fascinating people who share a secular and critical-thinking worldview; if you want to meet some like-minded friends--people who think outside the box when it comes to life--we are your group.

Our MISSION is threefold:
• To be a welcoming and caring community for all those who share a humanist worldview and an evidence-based perspective;
• To provide a strong and respected public voice for the secular humanist community in shaping public debate and formulating public policy;
• To promote science, reason, critical thinking, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Our COMMUNITY is broad:
PFC brings together local freethinkers who formerly gathered in groups such as CFI-Pittsburgh, Steel City Skeptics, Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers, and the Humanist Community of Pittsburgh, as well as local members of national freethought groups including;

  • Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
  • American Humanist Association (AHA)
  • Center for Inquiry (CFI)
  • American Atheists (AA)
  • Secular Coalition for America (SCA)
  • Sunday Assembly (SA)
  • Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
  • Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason

As an incorporated, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and not merely a Meetup group, PFC is able to formally affiliate with the national organizations listed above as well as provide supporters and donors the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions in support of our shared values and goals.


  • Monthly PFC lecture series featuring locally- and nationally-recognized speakers;
  • Weekly topic-focused discussion groups;
  • Science & Skepticism Book Club;
  • Social nights at restaurants around town;
  • Opportunities for virtual and in-person activism and lobbying at the local, state, and federal levels  (within scope of our tax exempt status);
  • Skeptics at the Pub and Brunching Skeptically social events;
  • Participation in large public events such as Pittsburgh Pride, International Day of Peace, Pittsburgh Summit Against Racism, Women's March, and government meetings; and
  • Picnics, annual shrimp boil & canoe trip, Festivus, and other holiday celebrations.
  • And many more - which events will YOU add or support?

Join our large and growing community dedicated to weaning society away from reliance on dogma, magical thinking, pseudoscience, and social intolerance of all types.

Support Pittsburgh Freethought Community!
Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area

BACKGROUND of Freethought in the US
Up to 30% of American adults--and a majority of Americans under 30--declare no religious affiliation. Secularism is growing, but freethinkers are still a minority, and it can be sobering to pursue a well-informed worldview.  PFC is a place for freethinkers of all kinds to discuss our viewpoints and connect with like-minded people.  Join us for open discussions about our place in the Universe and how we might create positive change on our planet.

Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or dogma.
Secularism is the idea that people, governments, and other entities should have the right to be free from religious rule and teachings or to be neutral regarding matters of religious belief.
Atheism ("a" + "theism") means a rejection of belief in the existence of a god or gods.  It can also refer to the belief that there are no deities.  Simply, atheism is the absence of belief that deities of any kind exist. Some atheists refer to themselves as nontheists or antitheists.
Agnostics separate belief from knowledge.  They think it is impossible or not currently possible to prove the existence or non-existence of any deity, creative force, or other religious belief.  Agnosticism may also refer to having a skeptical approach to such questions.
Deists believe that observation and reason suggest the existence of a higher power, but stop short of proclaiming that we know who or what is responsible for the wonders of the Universe. We don't yet know, and may never know.
Humanists believe all humans have the ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives and aspire to the greater good of all humanity. They are committed to equality, a free and secular society, and to protecting the integrity and sustainability of our planet's resources.
Naturalism is the viewpoint that the laws of Nature, as opposed to supernatural laws, are all that operate in the Universe.  Steve Irwin, Rachel Carson, Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, and Beatrix Potter were all naturalists.

Upcoming events (4+)

Trivia Night (Virtual)

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To keep our trivial brains properly functioning in the pursuit of trivia, we are holding informal gatherings to keep our communal trivial skills finely tuned.

American Atheists' National Convention

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2023 American Atheists' National Convention
April 6-9
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix, AZ

Join us in Phoenix for American Atheists' 2023 National Convention!

Tickets are now on sale!


Featuring dynamic speakers, fun social activities, workshops, performances, and community events, this is a conference you don’t want to miss.

American Atheists is proud to present one of the most diverse and compelling lineups of speakers, activists, community leaders, academics, musicians, and artists that you’ll see at any atheist event in America. As always, we’re committed to bringing brand-new stories you’ve never heard to the stage, including international activists, poets, politicians, and much more.

Visit the convention website for information about the schedule, hotel, ticket pricing, vaccination policy, and more: https://convention.atheists.org

Register today—and we'll see you in Phoenix!

Women's Discussion Group: Beloved female role models

Online event

Register here: https://pghfreethought.org/event-5195074
Host: Nicole C.

We know that women are poorly represented in the media and in leadership roles, but one of the reasons women are as strong and as free as we are today is the women role models who came before us. Come ready to discuss the impact female role models have had on your life, as well as how we can all be positive role models for one another and for the next generation. You don't have to prepare in advance for this topic, but if you would like to here is an article, a website, and some excellent documentaries about the issues we face.



Trailer for the Miss Representation documentary:

Trailer for the film This Changes Everything:

Please join us!
Participants are encouraged to join PFC if not already a member.

Freethought Freeform: Interview and Q&A with PFC Presidents

Online event

Please see our website for more details and register at

Freethought Freeform
Topic: Interview and Q&A with PFC Presidents
Host: David B (current Vice President)

We will be interviewing PFC President Jason Coombs and past President (and current board member) Dana Morganroth. Afterwards, we will open for extensive Q & A. Here is your opportunity to meet, question, and provide input to PFC leadership. Let us know what you want to see more (or less) from PFC. You can also email questions ahead of time to [masked].

Freethought Freeform is a variable format event that can be a group discussion, an interview, a tutorial, a movie discussion, a show-and-tell, an in-person event, or maybe something different. It may feature an invited speaker, or maybe it won't. Topic and format will be chosen monthly by the host with inputs from the PFC community. Email your suggestions to [masked].

Please join us!
Participants are encouraged to join PFC if not already a member.

Past events (1,125)

Trivia Night (Virtual)

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