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.
Humanism is a naturalistic world view that recognizes human beings as a part of nature. We hold that values have their source in human nature, experience, and culture. Humanism sees the goals of life as arising from our own needs and interests rather than from theological or ideological sources. We believe that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.
Humanism advocates the
· use of reason, science, and free inquiry
· support of freedom and dignity for all humanity
· practice of social compassion
· use of ethical principles to enhance the quality of life
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 encourage you to visit our events and to participate in our activities.
The Humanists of Greater Portland is a chapter of the American Humanist Association.