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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. It is a rational philosophy that encourages the use of science, reason, and free inquiry. Humanism promotes ethical principles and social compassion to enhance the quality of life 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 educational programs, discussion groups, social events, and community involvement for our members and for the general public. We are based in Portland, Oregon and we serve the Greater Portland area.

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.

In addition, we offer social and intellectual activities throughout the week, all over the Portland Metro area.

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, truth-seekers, skeptics, and all those who value freedom from dogma.

We encourage you to visit any of our events. Membership in HGP is open to everyone who wishes to support humanist ideals.

HGP is a chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA)

http://americanhumanist.org

HGP is a member of the Secular Coalition of Oregon

http://states.secular.org/states/oregon

Join the World Community Grid and help humanity!

A recent presentation at HGP on the World Community Grid has prompted the HGP Board to agree to endorse this project and to encourage members to participate. By joining, you can become part of an HGP team that is assisting to cure cancer, ebola, HIV and other problems that require very large scale computing power. Click here to learn more. 

Applying Humanism (a 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 on January 12, 2014. So far, we've discussed dealing with religious people in a humanistic way, abortion, the death penalty, natural rights, animal rights, and more. On May 10, 2015 we had the first of a once monthly (2nd Sunday) program devoted to personal growth. Dick Mase and Sheila Pastore take turns facilitating these sessions (Dick facilitated May 10th, Sheila will facilitate June 12). Both are experienced counselors. The next regular AH session (facilitated by Steve Jacobs) will be held May 31st this month (the 5th Sunday) and the HGP Science Discussion will be held on the 4th Sunday (May 24th).