Frequently Asked Questions
What is Humanism?
A positive, ethics-centered, life-affirming, secular worldview focused on the good in all people and our ability to make a positive impact on our world. Values include affirming life, valuing all people, valuing all life, acting in ways that improve life conditions, and actively seeking opportunities for positive impact. Humanist action is intentional and predicated on personal responsibility and integrity, and is free from G/god/s or any supernatural forces.
Read more from the American Humanist Association.
Is this group for Secular Humanists only?
While this is a Secular Humanist group, we welcome those of all faith and non-faith perspectives who believe that all people have the potential for good and that integrity, ethics, and moral action are human responsibilities not dependent on belief in a god. Diverse people standing shoulder-to-shoulder and working together for the good of all builds bridges across differences, fosters interconnection and collaboration, and sets an example of inclusiveness.
Read more in our non-discrimination policy.
Is this a Gay/Lesbian Group?
We are open and respectful to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. If you are looking for resources specific to the LGBTQ+ community, our leaders can help. We will also support you and, if requested by you, advocate for you at our events should you ever feel uncomfortable because of your LGBTQ+ identity.
Where do you volunteer?
We serve at many local agencies. Visit our Service Impact page for a list of charities we have volunteered with, hosted fundraising and needs drives for, or advocated for.
Can my kids volunteer?
We do have family-friendly service and social projects; however, some agencies we volunteer with have age restrictions for insurance and other purposes. We do include “family-friendly” with age information as a tag in events, but you can always ask if you’re not sure.
Most of our social events (lunches, dinners, etc.) are family friendly with no age restrictions. Some are pet friendly, too! 🙂
Do you volunteer only at secular charities?
We serve at all charities.
Some charities are genuinely respectful to all diversities; however, some do have a faith expectation of volunteers, employees, donors, and clients. There are Secular Americans who refrain from volunteering or donating – or even seeking help when needed – because they are not treated with respect by faith-biased organizations. It is important that we represent non-theistic citizens by volunteering at all types of agencies to create awareness about faith and non-faith diversity and build a world free from faith-related discrimination, bullying, marginalization, proselytization and other aggression.
BE. leaders act as an ally for members. If you feel uncomfortable at any of our projects your BE. leader can address it with the agency or assist you as needed.
Do you do more than volunteer?
We are more heavily weighted on the volunteer events, but do attend talks & conferences and other educational activities of interest to our members. We occasionally provide opportunities for our philanthropy-minded members to come together in a social setting over dinner and other fun events. We also invite members to a Humanist Support Group that meets monthly at the University of Central Florida.
How do I join your group?
Just visit our Meetup site and click “Join” – it’s that easy! If you are not already a member of Meetup you will need to create a quick profile.
Membership Requirements: Membership is FREE. The only requirements are that members have a real picture of themselves as their profile image and are local to Central Florida (the member site is for those who attend events).
Why do you require a real photo? Our events calendar (membership section) is for those who attend our events; our online presence reflects this community of real people. Photos help us recognize each other at events. Requiring a real photo also helps protect our members from disingenuous profiles such as stalkers, lurkers, religious proselytizers, or spammers.
I volunteered at a charity and they were not welcoming to me (LGBT). Is there a list of good charities where I can donate time and money that welcome everyone?
Not at this time. We are working with a Diversity Advocacy Board to determine a list of charities that are welcoming to all – if you would like to be involved in that effort, please contact us & let us know.
Please consider sharing your experience with us at a charity that made you feel uncomfortable – let us know which charity and what happened. It will assist us as we research charities in our area that – in both policy and practice – value ALL volunteers, donors, and clients.
What is Meetup?
Meetup was established after the September 11th tragedy by some folks in New York who wanted to use the internet as a means to bring people together in real life. So they created this event management platform that anyone can use to create a group around a theme and bring people together to meetup and engage in positive social networking and human connection.
There are hundreds of local groups, and some of them are for moms, dog owners, gaming, volunteering, people who like dining out, wine lovers, family activities, travel, etc . There is a Meetup group for almost anything – you just browse the groups and choose the one(s) you would like to join. The BE. Orlando Meetup is for Humanist families and individuals who volunteer together.
Is Meetup a singles site? No, but there are some singles Meetup groups out there if you want to connect with groups of people focused on being single. However, if you’re looking to meet someone who genuinely shares your interests and values, the best way is to engage in activities with others who share your interests and values.
Meetup brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life. It is organized around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. And that’s what Meetup does. It brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn the things that help them come alive.
For example, people run marathons, thanks to running Meetups. They write, thanks to writing Meetups. They change their careers, thanks to career Meetups. Because at Meetups, people welcome each other. They talk, help, mentor, and support each other – all in pursuit of moving their lives forward.