The way we see it . . .
Humanism is a non-religious ethical philosophy, a way of life and a way of thinking, that involves adherence to strong ethics, an emphasis on human rights and respect for the Earth and its creatures. A Humanist works toward creating a more humane and responsible world, with a commitment to reason and compassion.
And who are we?
We are a group of Ontario-based Humanists with a passion for social justice, human rights, environmental action, science, reason, and artistic expression, who have established a provincially-based organization to complement the work of Humanist Canada and local Humanist groups.
Here is our MISSION STATEMENT
If you are concerned with Human and Civil Rights issues in secular society, such as Pro-choice, One School System, Equal Marriage, Gender issues, Dying with Dignity, Environmental justice, Science education, Intellectual Freedom, and other progressive issues, we may be able to connect you with other volunteers, speakers and organizations. You are also welcome to join our Facebook Group; Ontario Humanist Society.
Please let us know if you’d like to start a new Humanist group in your area, or would like information about ‘growing’ your current group. We would like to support you. For information on secular charities and humanist volunteering and activism, see “HumanismHelps.org“.
As part of fostering a Humanist community, from time to time, we seek to add to the roster of licensed Humanist officiants in Ontario, who are trained to offer meaningful, respectful, non-religious ceremonies and rites of passage to the public. Our aim is to train an OHS officiant for every local association, so Humanists across Ontario will be able to access secular weddings, funeral and memorial services and child namings, as well as compassionate visiting and other services. If you have a member interested in becoming an officiant, we would like to connect with them.
ONTARIO HUMANIST SOCIETY 2013 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SAVE THE DATE!
We will be hosting our Annual General Meeting in TORONTO on April 13/14 2013. More information to follow.
Please check our OHS News Blog for updates, or write to us for information.
President’s Message Fall, 2012
I’m pleased to report that OHS is flourishing as well on many fronts. We have increased our membership and programs, and are actively looking for members who would like to assist in our growth.
Our Ceremonies Program is flourishing with 19 officiants appointed to our program and licensed by the Province of Ontario to solemnize marriages. We are looking forward to training additional Officiant candidates early in November. Our goal is to provide OHS Humanist Officiants across the province, so if local associations have a member who is interested in our program, we encourage them to contact us.
As always, our Ethical Action Committee is posting ethical concerns on our websites and blogs and writing policy and position statements. All policy and position statements are accessible on our website as well as relevant letters written by our members and others at . We encourage you to visit the site and take an active role by joining the Committee, providing ethical action alerts and sending us your letters for posting to our site.
Our newest program endeavor, Humanism Helps is designed to promote volunteer work for social justice and other issues of concern to Humanists. It has evolved from the create minds of Outreach Co-ordinator, Cathy Oliver and Webmaster, Mary Beaty. I hope all of you and other Humanists will visit the site; learn about the program; and offer suggestions, and volunteer to build this initiative. This program opens a space for contributing to society in many ways: through the good works that we can contribute to Ontario’s communities and residents; and in making the case that Humanists are contributing to society, which will counteract the discourse that suggests that Humanists, atheists, agnostics, skeptics and the like are immoral parasites! We can do it! You can do it! Let’s do it!
Like any social movement, Humanism requires active support from its constituents. We have many objectives and aspirations for OHS to contribute to Humanism, but we are limited by the number of members who are willing to be active in contributing their time, ingenuity and energy to OHS. Our organization relies entirely on volunteers and we need more of them!! So consider how you might contribute to our cause because our cause is your cause! And contact us through our website or on our Facebook pages.
Gail McCabe PhD RSSW
President, Ontario Humanist Society
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