The Humanist Being, Ltd.

Striving to live ethical lives

and build an ethical future.

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“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” - Marie Curie

Who We Are

The Humanist Being is a nonprofit organization dedicated to critical thinking, scientific reason, as well as empathy and a call to serve and uplift our neighbors.


We are secular Humanists. Our values and vision are based on the observable world and on scientific principles. We value living the examined life and loving the people we are with. We find hope for the future in the work we are doing now. We are against dogma of any kind.


We follow 12 Ethical Commitments that represent our shared humanistic values and principles.

Our 12 Ethical Commitments

  1. Empathy - I will consider other people’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
  2. Humor - I will use humor to bring new perspectives and to help myself and others heal.
  3. Global Awareness - I will be a good neighbor on the Earth and help make it a better place for everyone.
  4. Social Justice - I will help people solve problems and handle conflict in ways that are fair for everyone.
  5. Critical Thinking - I will practice good judgment by asking questions and thinking for myself.
  6. Environmentalism - I will take care of the Earth and the life on it.
  7. Responsibility - I will be a good person and own the consequences of my actions.
  8. Altruism - I will help others in need without hoping for rewards.
  9. Communication - I will listen with an open mind, ask questions, and speak only for myself.
  10. Ethical Development - I will always focus on becoming a better person. I will learn from my mistakes.
  11. Humility - I will be aware of my strengths & weaknesses, and appreciate the strengths & weaknesses of others.
  12. Service - I will help my community in ways that let me get to know the people I’m helping.

Revised January 2024. Adapted from The Ten Commitments, American Humanist Association.

Schedule of Events


Sunday,

Jan. 21, 2024

10:00 am

CANCELED. Due to unforseen circumstances, e were not able to organize this event in time. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Secular Sunday Service. All welcome. Sign up here or just drop in! Third Sunday of each month at North Star Community Hall, Burlington. Hybrid in-person & Zoom. This month’s theme: Critical Thinking.


Sunday,

Jan. 21, 2024

11:15 am

CANCELED. Service after Service. All welcome. Just drop in. Third Sunday of each month at North Star Community Hall, Burlington. This month: free Community Meal.


Wednesday,

Jan. 3 & 17

7:00 pm

Steering Committee. Join us to learn more about upcoming programs & volunteer opportunities. Every other Wednesday on Discord. Contact info@thehumanistbeing.org


Thursday,

Jan. 11, 2024

7:00 pm

Game Night. All Welcome for a night of online party games! Sign up here.

Our First Annual Fundraiser!

This has been a big year for The Humanist Being. In 2022-2023, we officially became a nonprofit religious organization, grew our online community to over 500 members all over the world, and are expanding our local presence in the State of Vermont.


The Humanist Being is launching its first annual fundraiser to celebrate our successes and work to make an even bigger impact in 2024 and beyond. And even better, all donations to The Humanist Being are tax-deductible.

Highlights of the year

Growing our Community

  • Secular Sundays. Secular Sundays provide an opportunity to gather, share stories and have fun.
  • Service after Service. After each service we serve the community with activities like providing free meals, etc.

Strengthening our Mission

  • Housing as a Right. The Board and volunteers at The Humanist Being are exploring models to help create affordable housing opportunities, including Intentional Communities.
  • When Humanists Attack. Since 2020, The Humanist Being has produced a fun and informative podcast series “When Humanists Attack”.

Building on our Success

  • Impossible Conversations. IC meets twice a month to learn and practice “Street Epistemology”, with participants from all over the world.
  • Monthly Online & In-Person Meetings.

Milestones

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2020

The Humanist Being is Founded

2021

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2022

Burlington Meetup Group and other Vermont Events. Street Epistemology (virtual) meetings.

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Today

Secular Sundays, Universal Shelter Committee, Community Service, and more!

Contact Us

The Humanist Being

71 Hanley Ln

Jericho, VT 05465

United States


info@thehumanistbeing.org

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