The Humanist Association of Middle Tennessee

About Us

We are a group of dedicated humanists and secularists who intend to provide a way to change the status quo.  It involves learning what being a human is besides being an economic slave in a system which deifies money and encourages greed.  HAMTN is an educational, philosophical, action based and supportive organization. 

We want an environmentally sustainable, economically equitable and just society which allows each person to develop into their maximum potential without the impediments of organized religion.

The primary goal of this webpage is to get humanists connected to each other economically, educationally, socially, philosophically to develop a more meaningful life.  We are attempting to create a bottom up organization as contrasted with a top down organization.  This means we will listen to you and want you to converse with other members.  With all of us working together some novel and original ideas will emerge to confront our future.

The only requirement for membership is interest in the principles of Humanism and participating.

We meet biweekly 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at Center for Spiritual Living Nashville (http://www.cslnashville.org/) at 6705 Charlotte’s Pike, 37209 Nashville.

What We Do

The key idea is to connect like minded people together. We create a proper forum for that and provide you the right atmosphere to make the connection, exchange ideas/thoughts/feelings/issues/etc. and provide a platform to brainstorm and possibly arrive at practical, achievable solutions.
As a part of it, we have:

  • The Humanist Association of Middle Tennessee Meet Up
  • The Humanist of Tennessee Facebook

We also organize events for like-minded people to meet and get to know more – like:

  • Movie Night
  • Social Gatherings
  • Book Club
  • Speakers
  • Seasonal Events

Leadership

When I graduated from college I was a chemist. I worked for seven years in industrial chemical plants and learned first hand how badly the environment can be treated. I returned to college and got the needed hours to sit for the CPA exam. I got my license in 1971. Over the years I’ve worked with many different businesses. I’ve worked with many non profit organizations. I helped get the Nashville Peace and Justice Center their 501(c)3 status. Which is needed for tax purposes. I’ve been in charge of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Humanist Association since 1992. With the help of others we are now reaching out to create an online community of humanists.

Some Basic Definitions

What is Humanism?

Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion.

Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility.

It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice.

Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values–be they religious, ethical, social, or political–have their source in human experience and culture.

Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.

— The American Humanist Association

For a more complete explanation of humanism, click here.

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