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Meet other local Humanists, people who believe in the basic goodness of the human spirit without supernaturalism.

The Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH) was incorporated in 1989 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization in Maryland. Our purpose is to promote scientific literacy and critical thinking, to provide a forum for humanists and others to explore humanist principles and how they relate to all aspects of human experience, and to study the significance of humanism throughout history. Secular humanists are distinguished by an emphasis on scientific methods of knowing, separation of church and state, and a commitment to the pursuit of humanist goals outside religious frameworks.

WASH has 11 active Chapters from Roanoke, VA to Baltimore, MD.

WASH is a Cooperating Local Group of the Council for Secular Humanism, an Chapter of the American Humanist Association, and an affiliate of American Atheists and an endorsing group of The Secular Coalition of America

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Upcoming events (5+)

Modern Moral Issues- Consequentualism - a secular humanist discussion

We will follow up last month's start on our Summer topic of modern secular thought as a guide to a morally balance and civic life. A basis for the discussion is belief in the claim that morality does not require and is not based on religious tenets. Some background material is at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secular_morality#%22Morality_does_not_require_religious_tenets%22 CONSEQUENTIALISM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consequentialism is a jumping-off point for group discussion. discussion of this certainly pertains to our current dismal state of U.S. political funding that benefits the giver’s interest over the common interest. Inter-cultural differences in emphasis on the welfare/wellbeing of a society versus an individual are currently on display in Hong Kong’s demonstrations. We could contrast what we know of Chinese versus American popular (polling) about values of order, authority, and human rights. ( https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/01/business/hong-kong-china-protests.html ) “Freedom can’t fill stomachs, this thinking goes. And individual rights of the kind that people in Hong Kong enjoy - to challenge the government in the press, in the courts and on the streets - would lead to chaos in China, bringing back poverty and hunger.” This again will be informal and start with a pot luck lunch.

Walk and Talk

Bon Air Park Rose Garden

Let’s get together and enjoy the fresh air.

Walk and Talk

Bon Air Park Rose Garden

Let’s get together and enjoy the fresh air.

Walk and Talk

Bon Air Park Rose Garden

Let’s get together and enjoy the fresh air.

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Walk and Talk

Bon Air Park Rose Garden

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