The purpose of this group is to create a social community for non-theists in the Omaha metro area and, in the process, to help to raise the visibility of non-theists in the Heartland, and to educate the public about Humanism and the Humanist life stance.
A note about Dues on this Meetup group:
Omaha Metro Area Humanists Association (aka O.M.A.H.A.), is a 501(c)3 chapter of the American Humanist Association.
For access to the Meetup page, to see and RSVP to upcoming events and activities, we do request $5.95 annual ‘dues’ on this site, to help cover our costs of the Meetup platform itself. You have a free 60-day Trial Period here on the Meetup group, to check us out before making that decision.
To formally join our organization, and have voting privileges (as well as a tax deduction), we ask for $20 (Individual) or $40 (Family) annual Membership dues. That annual fee also covers your obligation for the Meetup “$5.95”. Just go to our web page, http://www.omahahumanists.org , and click the red “Join” button in the right-hand column.
Are you a Humanist?
Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice. Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values - be they religious, ethical, social, or political - have their source in human experience and culture. Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.
While we are at heart atheists, agnostics, skeptics, freethinkers, or other types of nontheist, we choose to identify as Humanists because we choose to be identified by our philosophy, its underpinnings, and our driving goals, rather than solely by our lack of belief in a supernatural God or gods.
The positions we hold and the actions we take are not simply for our own benefit, but for the betterment of all of society and the world in which we live. Therefore, even though our group is non-theistic by nature, we are always willing to ally with theistic groups on issues of common concern to affect positive change in our community and the world as a whole.