Welcome to Western MA.A.S.H (Atheist, Secular Humanist)! We are an open-minded and welcoming community from Western MA and surrounding areas.
Most of us identify as Humanists, which means we reject religion or spirituality as the basis for morality and decision making. Instead, we look to ourselves and each other to create meaning and live the most fulfilling lives we can.
Our monthly Meetings/Discussion groups are a good way to get a feel for the group, share Ideas, and learn about the non-theist community. Our membership is diverse (all are welcome, regardless of religious perspective), and our discussions are energetic and thought provoking. If you'd prefer to meet some like-minded people in a smaller and more informal setting, try one of our social events. Our events are well attended... you will have the opportunity to meet dozens of like-minded people.
Friends of Forbes Community Room at Forbes Library
This month, we will enjoy a presentation by Atty Dan Blinn: Dealing With "Difficult" People. As our society becomes increasingly divided, many of our personal interactions become more and more difficult. As a practicing lawyer and Humanist activist, Dan Blinn frequently interacts with people who can charitably be described as "difficult". Dan will share with us some of his ideas and thoughts on how we can better deal with the "difficult people" in our lives and how we might more productively interact with folks whose beliefs and values are different from our own.
Dan has been recognized by the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center with pro bono awards, recognizing his work on behalf of the poor in Connecticut. He has been recognized by the American Humanist Association for his work as a humanist activist and organizer when he was presented with the President's Award at the Annual AHA Conference last year in Las Vegas. Dan is also the founding President of Hartford Area Humanists and he has generously served our community for many years as a humanist celebrant.
Paid parking is available behind and across from the library. The meters accept quarters.