Who We Are

2024 Theme:

Good Without God for 30 Years

“Community Beyond Belief”

United in diversity, embracing secular values, we champion community beyond belief through humanism, charity, and volunteerism.

THEME FOR JUNE 2024: Secular Humanist Values

The theme for June is Humanist Values. Our values are central to who we are and what we do, and are written into our bylaws. Our bylaws start with a preamble that states that the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry (SHL) follows these precepts:

  • Secular humanism is free from any belief in the supernatural and paranormal, and is dedicated to the search for meaning and values for individuals through reliance upon critical intelligence, reason, and the scientific method. It is committed to democracy, tolerance and compassion. Secular humanism affirms the dignity and worth of every human being and asserts that persons are responsible for the realization of their aspirations, and that they have within themselves the potential for achieving them.
    Secular humanism contends that human beings are a part of nature, that they have developed as a result of evolutionary processes, and that their values,–ethical, political and social–have their sources in human experience and culture.
  • The bylaws also establishes that we are a nonprofit education association with the purpose to promote the secular humanist viewpoint as a valid contribution to public discourse, to strive to maintain the First Amendment guarantee of separation of state and church, and to work in coalition with like-minded organizations where joint action is needed to achieve these goals. SHL operates in an open, democratic manner, without discrimination as to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, nationality or disability.

Additionally, SHL is a chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA), which describes its mission as follows:
We strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted and respected way to live life. We are accomplishing this through our defense of civil liberties and secular governance, by our outreach to the growing number of people without traditional religious faith, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview.

Humanism is a nontheistic worldview with ethical values informed by scientific knowledge and driven by a desire to meet the needs of people in the here and now. At the foundation of those values is an affirmation of the dignity of every human being.

We count humanists and other nontheists as the core of our movement but are always willing to work with friends and allies on issues of common concern. The positions we hold and the actions we take are not simply for our own benefit, but for the betterment of all of society and the world in which we live.
In answer to the Ten Commandments, the AHA promotes Ten Commitments which represent our shared humanistic values and principles that promote a democratic world in which every individual’s worth and dignity is respected, nurtured, and supported, and where human freedom and ethical responsibility are natural aspirations for everyone.

The Ten Commitments:

  1. Altruism
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Empathy
  4. Environmentalism
  5. Ethical Development
  6. Global Awareness
  7. Humility
  8. Peace and Social Justice
  9. Responsibility
  10. Service and Participation

Each month we focus on one of the Ten Commitments.

   

 

June Commitment: Ethical Development

The key to understanding ethical development is acknowledging that nobody is perfect or has all the answers. Ethical development is a never-ending process that requires constant reflection and evaluation of our personal choices and the consequences they have on others. Fairness, cooperation, and sharing are among the first moral issues we encounter in our ethical development as human beings and are often embraced intuitively, but each new day carries with it new challenges and new moral dilemmas. We should continually adapt and rebuild our moral frameworks with the goal of becoming ever better human beings.

SECULAR HUMANISTS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY (SHL)
PO Box 32256  |  Charleston SC 29417  |  LowcountryHumanists.org  |  843-212-6675

Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – EIN 57-1088657