Inspired by humanity and guided by reason
Almost everyone in becoming a Humanist has thought deeply about his or her duties to other people, about the universe, and about the claims of organized religion — all for the purpose of forming his own honest, independent thoughts. The latter quality has been called free thinking, and so we are free thinkers with respect to organized religion.
Coming to Huntsville and north Alabama from our various homes near and far, we have found each other because of our mutual commitment to truth as found by science and reason; because of our respect for human potential, because we find beauty in nature and mathematics; and because of our discovery that man alone is responsible for man.
We began as Humanists of the Tennessee Valley in 1993. Among the founders were Louise Bennett Hardin, Ro Ellis, Ilene Sparks, and Linda Morris. After meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville until about 2005, we moved to a meeting room at the Huntsville public library. During 2014 and 2015 we met at the Crestwood Hospital Women’s Center, 185 Chateau Drive, Huntsville, Alabama, located on the west side of the hospital campus. During 2016 we meet in Room A/B of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library on Monroe Street. Our monthly meetings are open to the politely curious public.
We maintain a lending library for members. Some of our members are prolific readers and thinkers, interested in the intellectual life. Others are activists for the mitigation of human suffering.
Through the Humanist Society, a branch of the American Humanist Association, some of us are certified as Humanist Celebrants and qualified to conduct non-theological weddings, same-sex unions, namings, funerals, and other life markers. You may contact our local Humanist Celebrant Louise Hardin.
(written by Travis Hardin)