Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 1:30 PM: The Soul Fallacy

Guest Speaker: Julien Musolino, Ph.D., author of the newly released book The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs, published by Prometheus Books

Dr. Julien Musolino says that the existence of the soul, as commonly understood, is open to scientific investigation. He concludes that modern science has a better way of explaining human identity, a way that adds to our appreciation of the wonders of being alive.

Dr. Musolino is a Franco-American cognitive scientist and an Associate Professor at Rutgers University where he directs the Psycholinguistics Laboratory and holds a dual appointment in the Department of Psychology and the internationally renowned Center for Cognitive Science. He is the author of over 30 scientific articles and his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Unfortunately, we will not have books at the meeting, but signed books can be ordered for later delivery.



After the meeting, everyone is welcome to join us for an early dinner at Ruby Tuesday.

**NOTE: We collect nonperishable, unexpired food items for donation to the Franklin Twp Food Bank at every meeting. There are collection bins at the library where we can add our items.

Franklin Township Library
485 DeMott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
(map and directions)

Ruby Tuesday
250 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ
(map and directions)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 7:00 PM: Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow humanists and atheists in your area! Always an interesting conversation and new participants are always welcome. If you're new, just tell the staff you're with the meetup group.

If you know you're coming in advance, please RSVP for the event on Meetup or Facebook. Use one of the links to the right.

Monthly dinners are usually the first Tuesday of each month. April's event was postponed one week due to conflict with the American Atheists Convention. In May we will resume the normal schedule.

Omega Diner
1337 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ
(map and directions)

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Vox Humana: A Concert Program on Themes of Humanism

Vox Humana

The Westminster Conservatory Kaleidoscope Concert Series presents a unique program of concert music and readings, based on themes of Humanism.

The concert will feature Danielle Sinclair, Jennifer Winn, and Elizabeth Boyce-Jacino sopranos; Todd Reichart, singer and reader; Michael Jacobsen and Kathy Shanklin, pianists; along with Ruth Ochs and the Kaleidoscope orchestra, performing music by great freethinking composers including Barber, Copland, Ives, and others. Free of charge and open to the public.

Hillman Hall is in the new Marion Buckelew Cullen Center (#19 on this campus map) Parking is free for events in the campus lots.

Hillman Hall
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Ln
Princeton, NJ 08540
(map and directions)


Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 1:00 to 6:00 PM: Annual Summer Picnic!


One of our biggest events of the year -- a great time to visit with old friends and make new ones, with plenty of good food and a chance to support our humanist group!

Details TBA





Duke Island Park
Old York Road, Bridgewater , NJ
Pavilion Grove Picnic Area (area 6 on park map)

Past Events

NJHN is now a partner of the Foundation Beyond Belief

FBB Mission: To demonstrate humanism at its best by supporting efforts to improve this world and this life, and to challenge humanists to embody the highest principles of humanism, including mutual care and responsibility.


Foundation Beyond Belief is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation created to focus, encourage and demonstrate the generosity and compassion of atheists and humanists. Ten charitable organizations are selected per quarter, one in each of the following cause areas:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Poverty
  • Environment
  • Child Welfare
  • Human Rights
  • Animal Protection
  • Peace
  • Challenge the Gap (charities based in other worldviews)
  • Foundation Beyond Belief itself

As a Partner, NJHN will help raise funds for designated causes through donations, hosting fundraisers, and by encouraging our members to join FBB as individual members. If you are currently a member of FBB, your monthly donation can accrue to the total for NJHN as well. Just log in to your FBB account, select Manage Donation in the right sidebar, and scroll to the bottom of the page. A dropdown menu allows you to link to NJHN. If not you can join FBB, then select NJHN from the dropdown menu.

One hundred percent of the funds we raise will go to the causes we designate. The slate of beneficiaries changes each quarter and Foundation Partners are an important voice in helping choose future charities.

NJCoR's billboard in Kearny, October 26 - November 22, 2009
NJ Turnpike western spur SB, just past 15W

Be good for goodness' sake

Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term.  One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism.
- Carl Sagan

The lifestance of Humanism—guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully. It evolved through the ages and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance.
- from Humanist Manifesto III

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