The mission of the Council for Secular Humanism is to advocate and defend a nonreligious lifestance rooted in science, naturalistic philosophy, and humanist ethics and to serve and support adherents of that lifestance.

The Council is North America's leading organization for non-religious people. A not-for-profit educational corporation, the Council supports a wide range of activities to meet the needs of people who find meaning and value in life without looking to a religion. Its activities range from magazine publishing and campaigning on ethical issues to holding conferences and supporting a network of autonomous local groups.

Secular humanists reject supernatural and authoritarian beliefs. They affirm that we must take responsibility for our own lives and the communities and world in which we live. Secular humanism emphasizes reason and scientific inquiry, individual freedom and responsibility, human values and compassion, and the need for tolerance and cooperation.

Council Activities Include:

Championing the Rights and Beliefs of Secular Humanists

The Council campaigns for a more secular and ethical society. It presents the case for understanding the world without reference to a god, works to separate church and state, and defends the rights of those who reject religious beliefs.

Developing Secular Communities

The Council for Secular Humanism supports independent, autonomous local groups that provide a forum for sharing ideas and a base for social activities. Regular regional and national conferences bring secular humanists together to exchange ideas and explore topical issues.

Realizing Secular Values in Everyday Life

The Council promotes rational, human-based viewpoints on important social and ethical issues. In particular, it tackles issues where traditional religion obstructs the right to self-determination, for example, freedom of choice in sexual relationships, reproduction, and voluntary euthanasia.

President and CEO Ronald A. Lindsay

Executive Director Tom Flynn

Council for Secular Humanism Programs and Projects

Council for Secular Humanism Affiliated Organizations

Contact Information

P.O. Box 664
Council for Secular Humanism
Amherst, New York 14226-0664
Ground shipments only:
1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst NY 14228

Phone: (716) 636-7571
Fax: (716) 636-1733
E-mail:
info@secularhumanism.org
webmaster@secularhumanism.org

Financial Information

View the Council for Secular Humanism’s IRS Form 990 »