The Omaha Metro Area Humanist Association (aka OMAHA), was established first and foremost to create a local community for non-theistic individuals in our area that believe in living ethical and fulfilling lives based on reason and humanity. Recorded history is filled with examples of non-religious people that accept the universe as a natural phenomenon with no supernatural elements. These non-religious, non-theistic individuals placed their trust in the application of reason and the scientific method when evaluating evidence to discover truths about the universe, and placed human welfare and happiness at the center of their ethical decision making.
Today, this combination of philosophies and values is called humanism and the people that practice it are known as humanists. Humanism welcomes a variety of nontheistic views – from those who are just beginning their journey as doubters of religious claims, to those who have already defined their worldview as atheism, agnosticism, skepticism, naturalist, freethinker and so forth. Humanism tells us that regardless of our specific non-theistic views, what really matters 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 recognize the value in the unique set of life experiences and knowledge that each of our members brings to our group and the importance of diversity in building a strong and vibrant organization. Our goal is that our organization evolves 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.
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 non-theists 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, 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 and treat all life with dignity and respect.
If you are ready to combine your voice with others who are ready to move society forward with a firm reliance on reason and humanity, we welcome you to your community.
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