What we're about

With members from all over Central Massachusetts, Greater Worcester Humanists is an active chapter of the American Humanist Association. We provide a welcoming environment and a range of activities for area humanists, freethinkers, atheists, skeptics and agnostics.

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We are a hub of activity for humanism in Greater Worcester, raising public awareness and acceptance of humanism and thereby strengthening the progressive, reason-based worldview in our area and providing resistance to the ultraconservative views of the religious right. Humanism is a movement of diverse individuals, and therefore GWH welcomes humanists from all backgrounds. We value humanity's diversity of race, gender, age, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

We have regular meetings, guest speakers, movie screenings, discussions of timely topics, and social activities, etc. We also celebrate humanist holidays such as Darwin Day, Freethought Day, Human Light, and the National Day of Reason. Most of our meetings are free and open to the public. We meet on the second Tuesday of most months, usually at the UU Church (no affiliation) in Worcester, MA and have other social events that will be listed at this site and on our website worcesterhumanists.org.

If you would like to become a paying member our dues are $40 per year. This pays for speaker fees, speaker travel, food at our annual picnic, supplies for meetings and more. Please consider joining! Click HERE (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=FYFDDY5ZUWU4Q) to join online or join at our next monthly meeting.

Upcoming events (2)

Shelley Segal HOLY TOUR Concert (singer/songwriter/skeptic/atheist/humanist)

This is not a GWH Event, but has been posted here since it may interest GWH members. From the Meetup Page (https://www.meetup.com/Greater-Lowell-Area-Science-based-Skeptics/events/259882939/): Hello All! We're delighted to invite you to experience musician Shelley Segal with guitarist Rob Robertson, who are returning to visit the Greater Lowell area once again! Shelley is currently on tour for her latest EP release, HOLY. Her last concert here was in 2015 and we all had a great time. If you're unfamiliar with Shelley's background; see her biography and promo here. https://bit.ly/2U3qtB2 Why the title HOLY? "I grew up in a religious household, a religious community that ascribes holiness to certain behaviours, physical items and even to people. What is holy was dictated to me and to adherents of my childhood religion for centuries by others, exclusively by men. I believe that it should be up to each of us to decide what is holy and sacred to ourselves. By calling myself holy, my stories, my experiences and my voice holy, I elevate myself and my experiences. I also challenge those who try to define what is holy for others and those who try to use the idea of holiness to create a hierarchy often placing themselves at the top." http://ventsmagazine.com/2019/03/04/interview-shelley-segal/ IN THE MEDIA Broadway World says, "Segal's Americana-tinged latest tackles homesickness ("Already Gone"), religion and leaving the strict Jewish upbringing of her youth ("Holy Man"), a true crime story a murder/suicide ("San Antonio"), national tribalism ("Blood"), love and life partnership ("Here") and consent in the time of #MeToo ("No".)" https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Shelley-Segal-To-Release-HOLY-EP-38-20190301 In a recent interview with Americana Highways, Shelley said "'Blood' forces us to question what we are basing our perceived differences on. It asks us to question why we hold onto tribalism and what we should do in the face of the suffering it causes." https://americanahighways.org/2019/01/22/song-premiere-shelley-segals-blood-from-upcoming-release-holy/ SCHEDULE 5:30 pm - Settle in and order food and drinks. Get chatty with others. 7 pm - The performance begins. You can still order food and drinks. ? pm - A brief interval. 9:30 pm - Rick's closing time. SUGGESTED DONATIONS We are asking for a minimum donation of $15 per person. There's also a time saving option of directly donating to Shelley here: (https://www.paypal.me/lowellconcert) You will also be able to purchase albums & donate at the event with cash or cards. Choosing to donate before the concert is strongly encouraged as it helps timewise. If you cannot afford to contribute; we understand. Don't hesitate to attend. If you can't attend, you can still donate and support Shelley. All donations will go to Shelley to cover her expenses and support her activism in our community. Religious communities and woo-woo meetups raise money hand over fist to promote the unreal. How can we better support reality-based activists like Shelley? VENUE The owner, Rick, has kindly offered us this space for free. In kind, it's helpful for us to show our appreciation by purchasing food and drinks. This is a special event for our like-minded communities including fellow skeptics, humanists, atheists, and secularists. We can't wait to see you there with Shelley and Rob! Please post any questions or comments below. Darrick & Lindsay :) *We suggest subscribing to Shelley on Patreon. Get access to more of her music, unique content & more. (https://www.patreon.com/ShelleySegal/) Starting at $1/per month.

Resisting White Supremacy

UU Church of Worcester

Please join Greater Worcester Humanists for our April 9 meeting. Ken Wagner will give a presentation on Resisting White Supremacy. You are welcome to arrive and mingle around 6:30 PM. We will begin the formal meeting at 7 PM. Ken Wagner leads workshops on White Privilege/White Supremacy, focusing on helping white people understand the racial component of their identity, and how to live with authenticity and integrity as a white person in a society grounded in white supremacy. His talk will focus on understanding the structural foundation of racism quite apart from the bigotry and discrimination that flows from individuals and how it exists almost independently of individual racist people. After a Q and A, we will divide into groups to discuss some issues that Ken will present us such as what the role of white people can or should be in racial justice movements, what our role in Black Lives Matter might be, and what it means to be in solidarity with people of color and what it looks like to exhibit ally behavior. We’ll discuss situations and responses, i.e. things we commonly hear but are sometimes frustrated in responding to in an effective fashion. Speaker Bio: Ken Wagner is former president of the Clara Barton District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. He currently serves on the UUA’s Nominating Committee and was one of the founding members of the New England Region’s Antiracism/Anti-oppression/Multicultural Transformation team called GRACE. He has also served for the last nine years on the Executive Steering Committee of the Allies for Racial Equity and just completed a two year term as president of that organization. Ken frequently speaks at church and community events across the country with a focus on the examination of race and the impact of white supremacy on our lives. Since 2014, he has been facilitating 8-week workshops focused on resistance to white supremacy at more than twenty congregations and community groups across New England. Ken has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin and lives with Laura in Marlborough. They have four children and three grandchildren.

Past events (336)

It’s Getting Hotter and We are Causing It

UU Church of Worcester

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