OMAHA, the Omaha Metro Area Humanist Association, was launched to create a local community for humanists in the Omaha, Nebraska metropolitan area. As a Chartered Chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA), we share with them the following common view of Humanism:
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the great good of humanity.
Humanism welcomes a variety of nontheistic views – from those who have defined their worldview as atheism, agnosticism, rationalism, naturalism, skepticism, freethinker and so forth – to those who are beginning their journey as doubters of religious claims, seeking to find a better framework to view and experience life. We recognize the value of open discussions and open minds as each of our members learn about Humanism and what it means to each of them.
We recognize the value of a strong and vibrant organization, and the significance of the unique set of life experiences and knowledge that each of our members brings to our group. We hope to evolve from a group of acquaintances sharing a common worldview, to a caring community of individuals invested in supporting each other and in growing and promoting Humanism in our community.
Humanism tells us that regardless of our specific nontheistic views, what counts is a comprehensive worldview and set of ethical values – values that are grounded in the philosophy of open inquiry, informed by scientific knowledge, and driven by a desire to meet the needs of people in the here and now. We find that reason and the scientific method, when applied to the evidence of our senses and our accumulated knowledge, is our most reliable guide for understanding the world and universe around us, and for making intelligent decisions.
Whether you identify as an atheist, agnostic, skeptic, rationalist, secularist or freethinker in matters of belief, if you if you accept that welfare of humankind – rather than the welfare of a supposed God or gods – to be of paramount importance and that what matters is our responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity, then you are a Humanist. If your worldview is informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion then you are a Humanist. If you affirm the dignity of, and support equal rights for, every human being, support the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility, then you are a Humanist.
While nontheists are the core of our organization we are always willing to work those who share common views and concerns on issues such as equality, human rights, environmentalism, feminism, separation of church and state, progress, and pluralism. The positions we hold and the actions we take are not simply for our own benefit, but for the betterment of all who share our belief that through free inquiry, reason, imagination and service to others, we can advance human welfare.
If you agree and are ready to combine your voice with others who are ready to move society forward with a firm reliance on reason and humanity, welcome to your community.
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The first ever Heartland Humanist Conference is currently being organized by OMAHA and will premiere on August 14th, 2015! Check it out.