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Humanism is a way of life that guides us to be well and to do good without relying on anything supernatural. Humanists encourage a rational attitude to life's realities. We value informed opinion and mutual understanding.

We are a secular community in the Portland Oregon area. We accept humanist values as a way to lead meaningful lives and to contribute to the well-being of society. Our mission is to create a thriving local community that promotes and acts upon the ideals of humanism. We offer lectures, discussion groups, social events, and community involvement. We also sponsor events with other freethought groups.

Every Sunday morning we meet at Friendly House in NW Portland. At these meetings, presentations are given by various speakers on topics in four broad areas: Human Well-Being, Science and Reason, Secularism, and Humanities/Culture/Morality. Sundays at HGP also include discussion groups and time for socialization.

HGP is a friendly organization. We welcome people who share our values in learning, growing, and enjoying the company of others in a supportive environment. We welcome atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, skeptics, and those struggling to free themselves from religion. We encourage you to visit our events and to participate in our activities.

Applying Humanism (a new discussion group)

By nature, HGP people are independent-minded. We don’t like to be told what to believe. We want to find our own way, and we know that there are people out there who are moving in the same general direction. With this in mind, Steve Jacobs has started a new discussion group – “Applying Humanism” – a forum devoted to discussing practical topics from a Humanist perspective. The meetings began January 12, 2014. The topic for the first three meetings was "What is it to deal with religion and religious people in a Humanistic way?" We meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at 11:40 am in the Keeston Room at Friendly House. We then went on to: "What would a Humanistic national policy on abortion look like?" Then, on March 30, "Under what circumstances, if any, is use of the death penalty justifiable?" Next meeting: April 13, 2014.

Darwin's (and Lincoln's) Religious Views

Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on exactly the same day (February 12, 1809). Americans celebrate Lincoln's Birthday. Humanists celebrate Darwin's Birthday. Click "Read more" (below) for snippets from Wikipedia touching on the religious views of Darwin and of Lincoln. (Within the next few weeks, we'll have installments about the religious views of Galileo and of Einstein.)


Spread the word!  Once again, Humanists of Greater Portland will award a $2,000 scholarship to a local humanist high school senior to use toward his/her college expenses!  Please let qualifying young people know about this opportunity! The competition is open to all college-bound public high school seniors in the greater Portland area. Students may enter the contest by writing an original essay titled: “The Challenges of being a Secular Humanist.” Full details are on the application. Click below.

  Application Form.pdf

Deadline for essay submission is April 30, 2014.