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 The leadership is no longer comprised of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Instead, HAGP is now under the leadership of a ten member committee. Any questions regarding HAGP or membership information should be directed to the following email address: membership@hagp.org.

 

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Upcoming Events

Luncheon Saturday, April 13, 2019:

Luncheon at the Food Court in the Willow Grove Mall will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 12:00 Noon. This informal get-together is a chance for members and non-members to share ideas and opinions on just about everything imaginable. Join us. The conversations are usually lively and enjoyable.

 

Book Club Saturday April 20, 2019 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble Willow Grove:

Book Club will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble in Willow Grove, PA. Our selection for April is a celebrated essay by Oscar Wilde entitled The Soul of Man under Socialism. The complete essay can be found on the internet.

We are announcing the May selection in advance so that readers can sign up for the book at the library. The title of this book is Educated A Memoir by Tara Westover.

 

Monthly Speakers Series- Upper Moreland Library April 28, 2019 1:30 PM:

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, the scheduled speaker will not be able to attend. We have substituted a presentation by Sandy Catz entitled Designer Genes: Ethical Implications of Altering the Human Genome. The presentation will be in the form of a discussion group. Members and non-members are invited to join us for the lecture and discussion on this important topic.

 

Save the date: June 23, 2019:

Andrew Murphy, College Professor and authority on William Penn, has written two books about the substantial influence of religion on politics in the United States. The first, Religion, Politics, and American Identity, was published in 2006. On June 23, 2019 he will present Prodigal Nation, which has as its subtitle Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9-11, and deals with what he calls “The American Jeremiad,” giving examples from Increase Mather to Jerry Falwell. If you listen to the news today, you will probably hear more examples. Come and enjoy a lively discussion.

 

 

What is Humanism?

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.
-- The American Humanist Association

For a more complete explanation of humanism, click here. 

HAGP is an educational and philosophical organization.

Our main goal is to educate the general public about the ethics and values of Humanism by being a positive influence in the community. We do this through our meetings and lectures (free to the public); community service, such as our support of Tabor Children's Services, Inc. and the work they do for youth; networking encouraging debates and humanistic activities, and continuing our efforts through letter-writing, dialogue and other educational means to maintain the Jeffersonian "wall of separation" between church and state.

OUR MEMBERSHIP is drawn from a cross section of the Greater Philadelphia area. Members range in age from early 20s to 80+, with backgrounds from many professions and walks of life. The only requirement for membership is interest in the principles of Humanism. Participation can be limited to simply attending meetings, or becoming actively involved in projects.

ACTIVITIES throughout the year include networking and socializing with other Humanist groups; reading and discussing Humanistically-themed books; observing celebrations such as Darwin Day and HumanLight, and viewing Humanistic movies.

HAGP is affiliated with the following organizations:

 

PhillyCOR, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition of Reason, is a joint effort to help you connect to local freethought and humanist groups near you; to provide you with information and a sense of community; to give you a way to combine your voice with others who are ready to move society forward.

The American Humanist Association is a national organization founded in 1941 to promote humanism in the United States. The AHA represents both secular and religious naturalistic humanism, and cooperates with other national and international humanist organizations to advance the ideals of humanism. The AHA organizes and supports local humanist chapters in many major American cities, is a full member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and provides support for other humanist organizations, including the Humanist Institute, the Humanist Society of Friends, the Friends of Religious Humanism, the AHA Feminist Caucus, and the Humanist Chapter Assembly. The AHA has an active outreach program that provides humanist celebrants, chaplains, advocates, speakers, and advisors to help individuals and organizations that need non-sectarian assistance from a naturalistic philosophical viewpoint.

The Council for Secular Humanism cultivates rational inquiry, ethical values, and human development through the advancement of secular humanism. To carry out its mission the Council for Secular Humanism sponsors publications, programs, and organizes meetings and other group activities. The Council's specific objectives are:

  • To promote secular humanist principles to the public, media, and policy-makers
  • To provide secular humanist activities and communities to serve the needs of nonreligious people and foster human enrichment
  • To demonstrate the viability of the secular humanist eupraxophy as an alternative naturalistic life-stance
  • To engage in research relating to the critical examination of religious and supernatural claims and the humanist outlook
  • To conduct educational programs for all age levels.