Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers (NYU)
"An official student club at New York University. To provide an open forum for the discussion of a wide range of controversial issues of philosophical, social, and political interest. . . . To raise awareness of various issues related to Atheism, Agnosticism and free thought including the separation of Church and State."
Student Event Center, 5 Washington Place, Room 405, New York, New York
Web site: www.nyu.edu/clubs/atheists/
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - local chapter
New chapter forming.
Center for Inquiry - Long Island
Several events per month.
Address: CFI-LI, Box 119, Greenlawn, NY 11740
Web site: nyhumanist.org/cfi_long_island.htm
Center for Inquiry - Metro NY (Council for Secular Humanism)
"The New York area branch of the Center for Inquiry, an international nonprofit organization that advances a scientific outlook on religion, ethics, and the fringes of science. Presenting lectures, seminars, and other events around the New York area and seeking ideas, support, and funding to maintain a permanent center in Manhattan."
Phone: (973) 655-9556
Fax: (973) 655-9561
Mailing address: 89 Walnut St., Montclair NJ
Web site: www.cfi-metrony.com
City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (Society for Humanistic Judaism)
"If you consider yourself a secular Jew whose identity is primarily cultural or intellectual, but not religious, you may not feel at home in a traditional congregation. . . . We lead our lives independently of the will of a supernatural deity."
Phone: (212) 713-5031
Meets: Village Community School, 272 West 10th Street, Manhttan.
Web site: www.humanistjew.org
Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York (Corliss Lamont Chapter of the AHA)
"Meets approximately twice per month - generally on the evening of the second and fourth Tuesdays, usually with a speaker followed by a discussion." Meets at the Moonstruck East diner, upstairs room, 449 Third Avenue (corner of 31st Street).
Mailing address: 777 United Nations Plaza (lobby floor), New York, NY 10017-3521
Phone: (212) 867-9150
Web site: www.corliss-lamont.org/hsmny
Humanists of Corona/East Elmhust
Meets Thursdays at 7:30 P.M.
Address: 102-09 Northern Blvd., 2nd floor
Web site: www.humanfrontier.org
New Jersey Humanist Network
Meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Somerset Bridgewater Library. Call the library at 908-526-4016 for directions.
Address: PO Box 8212, Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: (609) 371-1357
Web site: www.njhn.org
New York Society for Ethical Culture
Several events per month. "A humanistic religious and philosophical movement in which people share a core of common values: the worth of each individual, ethics as central to our lives, eliciting the best from each other and doing good in the world. We seek truth as a growing, changing body of knowledge based on experience, reason and scientific observation, and seek to use it in support of human well-being."
Address: 2 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 874-5210
Web site: www.nysec.org
Other Ethical Culture societies: Brooklyn; the Bronx; Queens; Garden City, Long Island; White Plains, Westchester; Maplewood, New Jersey; Princeton, New Jersey
Secular Humanist Society of New York
Meets at various locations for lectures, discussions, brunches, and dvd movie viewings, and for monthly Thursday evening book club discussions at the Muhlenberg Public Library (3rd floor Community Room) at 209 West 23 St. (7th Ave). For schedules, visit www.shsny.org
Address: P.O. Box 7661, F.D.R. Station, New York, NY 10150-1913
Phone: (212) 308-2165
Web site: www.shsny.org
Unitarian Universalist AssociationCommunity Church of New York
Mailing address: CDHS, PO Box 2148, Scotia, NY 12302
Web site: http://www.buffaloatheists.com/index.htm/
Capital District Humanist Society
Provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism. CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Meets on the second Sunday of each month in Room 224 of the Campus Center at the Albany campus of the Sage Colleges, at New Scotland Avenue and Academy Road.
Mailing address: CDHS, PO Box 2148, Scotia, NY 12302
Phone: (518) 381-6239
Web site: humanists.net/cdhs
Freethinking in Upstate New York
A group for freethinkers in Upstate New York. We want to make freethinking acceptable and respectable. FUNY holds meetings at established chapters. FUNY's goal is to establish a chapter in every major city, uniting freethinkers in all of Upstate New York.
Mailing address: FUNY, Box 22, Blossvale, NY 13308
Phone: (315) 245-4072
Web site: funygroup.org
Institute for Humanist Studies
"Dedicated to educating the public about humanist beliefs, organizations, and resources." Based in Albany; monitors New York State legislation.
Mailing address: 18 Corporate Woods Boulevard, Albany, NY 12211
Phone: (518) 432-7820
Web site: humaniststudies.org
Tri-State Secular Humanists
Mailing address: P.O. Box 791, New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone: (518) 432-7820
African Americans for Humanism - "Many African Americans have been engulfed by religious irrationality, conned by self-serving "faith healers", and swayed by dogmatic revisionist historians. Many others, however, have escaped the oppression of such delusions, and live happy and upstanding lives free of superstition. African Americans for Humanism (AAH) exists to bring these secular humanists together, to provide a forum for communication, and to facilitate coordinated action. In an irrational world, those who stand for reason must stand together."
American Atheists - "A nationwide movement which defends the civil liberties of nonbelievers, works for the separation of church and state, and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy." Based in Cranford, New Jersey.
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - church-state separation defended from a religious perspective.
Atheist Alliance - "a democratic association of independent, autonomous atheist societies." Based in Los Angeles, California.
Atheists for Human Rights - a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based freethought organization.
Atheists United - a Los Angeles, California-based freethought organization.
Campus Freethought Alliance and Secular Student Alliance - the national leaders in campus activism. College- and university-focused; not much activity at the high-school level.
Council for Secular Humanism - "North America's leading organization for non-religious people." Its Center for Inquiry also hosts the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Based in Amherst, New York.
Freedom from Religion Foundation - "a membership organization for freethinkers - atheists, agnostics, secularists, humanists, rationalists." Based in Madison, Wisconsin.
For criticism of the religious aspects of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs, read Piety Gets You Sobriety?, published in the Spring 1997 issue of American Atheist magazine and available online, and Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure? by Charles Bufe and The Real AA: Behind the Myth of 12-Step Recovery by Ken Ragge.
Institute for Democracy Studies - "a nonprofit, tax-exempt research and educational center devoted to the study of anti-democratic religious and political movements and organizations in the U.S and internationally."
National Center for Science Education - membership organization working to defend the teaching of evolution against sectarian attack.