Upcoming Events

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!

Picnic Menu (provided):
* Grilled chicken, hamburgers, sausages, hot dogs, and buns (different grill available if you bring your own meatless grillables)
* Garnishes and condiments
* Beverages: Water (bring your own soda/tea)
* All plates, cups and utensils
* Hot dish buffet setup will be available (for 11-3/4in x 9- 3/8in x 2-9/16in aluminum trays)

Please bring a favorite side dish or dessert to share. If your last name starts with:
* A-M: bring a hot or cold side dish, e.g., bean, potato, pasta or veggie salad, fresh veggie tray, or your favorite
* N-Z: bring a dessert, e.g., cookies, brownies, fresh fruit, pie, cake, or your favorite

PLEASE NOTE: Somerset County parks do not allow alcohol.


You can pay at the picnic by cash, check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to: New Jersey Humanist Network.

RSVP to Lisa Ridge or call 732-649-8984 by Friday, July 31, so that we know how much food to prepare, and indicate whether you'll bring a side dish or dessert to share.

The Picnic is the best time to renew your annual NJHN membership dues or become a new dues-paying member. All of our programs and other activities are made possible by your financial support. Thank you!

You can also renew online.

At the picnic we will elect members of the NJHN Board of Directors. All dues-paying members are eligible to vote.
Slate of Candidates


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

Tuesday, August 4, 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)


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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