Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 1:00 PM: Community Action Day and Art Contest

NJHN is hosting its first Community Action Day with the NJHN Families Group. All NJHN members and supporters, including parents and their children of all ages, are encouraged to help make this day happen by coming by the library between 1-4pm with donations for four charitable causes (described at the link below). We will have four tables where donated items and financial contributions will be collected. Children will manage each table (with adult assistance) and there will be age-appropriate tasks for everyone age 3 and up.

We will also hold an Art Contest for children up to age 17 around the theme of HumanLight: Celebrating Reason, Compassion, and Hope. Art supplies will be provided, or you can bring your own. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best in age categories 3-6, 7-11, and 12-17 will be announced at our HumanLight party on Sunday, December 21, at the Morris County Cultural Center.

Free pizza and beverages will be provided.

Four charitable causes have been selected for our support in 2014. We are asking for donated items and/or financial contributions that we will collect and distribute according to donors' wishes. Two are nonprofit organizations that provide food and support services to those in need, and one is a nonprofit animal rescue organization. Our fourth cause is to provide financial support to those in need within our own Humanist community.

All donations to NJHN are tax-deductible. Receipts will be provided at the event. Donation deadline is December 13.

Click here for information about the charities and links to donate.

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

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 12:00 - 4:00 PM: 14th Annual HumanLight Party

HumanLight Logo
Created by NJHN members, HumanLight is a secular December holiday, celebrated around the country since 2001. 
The holiday celebrates and expresses humanist ideals and values, and a positive vision of a peaceful, ethical,
and happy world - a better future which humanity can build by working together.
Please visit humanlight.org for more info.

Morris County Cultural Center

300 Mendham Road (CR 510/24)
Morristown, NJ 07960
(map & directions)

Keynote Speaker

Nikki Stern
Journalist and Author of Hope in Small Doses

Lisa Ridge, President
NJHN at 20: Reflections on Our Past, Present & Future

Buffet Menu
Appetizers: Assorted Cheeses, Hummus & Dips with Fresh Veggies, Crackers & Pita Bread

Pasta: Penne with Roasted Peppers & Garlic (vegan)

Entrees: Chicken Marsala, Italian Meatballs & Eggplant Parmesan (vegetarian)

Cold Cut Platter with Roast Beef, Turkey Breast, Ham, Genoa Salami, Swiss & American Cheese,
Relish Tray with Pickles, Olives, Lettuce, Tomatoes & Cherry Peppers, Rye Bread & Rolls

Salad Bar with Tossed Greens, Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes,
Cucumbers, Olives, Red Onions, Broccoli, Carrots, Potato Salad,
Cole Slaw, Macaroni Salad, Croutons & Assorted Dressings

Dessert: Apple Crisp, Brownie Bites, Cookies, Cinnamon Roll Bites & Fresh Fruit

Beverages: Hot Coffee & Tea, Iced tea & Water, BYOB for Alcohol & Soda

Be sure to tell us if you have any special dietary needs or restrictions.



Reservations are required to attend. Please RSVP no later than December 17th.
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Pay by Check or At the Door

Each year NJHN makes a donation to the Franklin Township Food Bank.

FTFB asks for these food items (unexpired and no glass jars):
peanut butter, jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, canned fruit,
canned vegetables, cereal, and canned tuna fish.

Alternatively you can make a cash donation.

Tuesday, January 6, 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 now the first Tuesday of each month.

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

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 1:30 PM: Program Meeting

Details TBA

Franklin Township Library
485 DeMott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
(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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Trying to raise children and looking for secular resources?  NJHN sponsors the New Jersey Humanist Families Network.  Visit their page for more information.

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