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Roy Zimmernan concert at Friendly House

On February 11 at 7:30 p.m. see Roy Zimmerman's : THIS MACHINE

"This Machine" is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs.  The title is a reference to Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to be sure, but also an acknowledgement that songwriting does good work in the world.  “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility of change.”  Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime.  He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin.  He's been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered," and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.  


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)

HGP is a member of the Secular Coalition of Oregon

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. The most recent Applying Humanism session was held Jan. 31th, 11:45am to 1:00pm. We discussed the ideas presented in a podcast ("On the Maintenance of Civilization") by Sam Harris and featuring guest Douglas Murray. Is political correctness keeping us from solving the problems of Islamic terrorism? Will this behavior result in voters turning to the far right for a solution? These are among the ideas that were discussed.

Humanists offer $3,000 scholarship

Spread the word! This year, Humanists of Greater Portland will award a $3,000 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 on the topic "Is the concept of separation of church and state good for our country? Why or why not? How does it affect you personally?”       Full details are on the application.

Deadline for essay submission is April 30, 2016.