Do you find yourself questioning organized religion?
Have you wondered if one of these concepts might apply to you: Humanist, Freethinker, Atheist, Agnostic, Rationalist, Skeptic?
Or perhaps you are seeking a social home group that is not based on religion. If so, then you may find several like-minded people in HFCF – Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear. We welcome new members of all ages, origins, ethnicities, gender identity.
HFCF is a chapter of the American Humanist Association. We were established in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 2003. We welcome people interested in social justice, secularism, separation of church and state, environmentalism, peace, and personal liberty. HFCF sponsors meetings with nationally renowned speakers, social events, community action activities, and partnerships with like-minded organizations throughout Southeastern North Carolina.
If you would like to meet members of HFCF, we encourage you to explore our social events or community action initiatives, via our Meetup page.
Building Community and Friendships
Information about our General Membership Meetings, social events, and community activities is available through our Meetup group, the Wilmington Star News, the WHQR culture page, and social media.
We sponsor fun activities for both adults and families, including breakfasts, Happy Hours and dinners for socializing, discussion groups, and kid-friendly group excursions.
We also try to have a strong presence at local festivals and other community events. We think that it is important to let others know there is a strong secular (Atheist, Humanist, etc.) community that welcomes inquiries and new members. In the past, HFCF has participated in the Azalea Festival, Earth Day Festival, Pride Block Party, Martin Luther King Day Parade, Black Men Running 5k, and a variety of other events. These opportunities enable us to socialize and give back to the community, providing many of us a strong sense of purpose and belonging.
The Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear is also well represented in other membership and non-profit organizations in the Cape Fear area: we are active members of the community.
Helping Local Causes and National Initiatives
While many religious organizations perform a good deal of volunteer work, you don’t have to be the member of a religion in order to help. An important part of what we do is to support local, national and global initiatives to make this life and this world better for all. The Social Action Committee (SAC) of HFCF plans and coordinates the secular activism and community volunteerism of HFCF.
HFCF has pledged financial and volunteer support of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, a local non-profit, non-religious organization which supplies food and support to those in need without regard for race or religion. HFCF is also a primary participant in the James Avery Community Garden in downtown Wilmington, where volunteers help to grow healthy vegetables that are then made available to the community. We support many groups that strive for equality and reason, the continuing separation of church and state and the fight for truth and fairness in all areas of society. We are also strongly interested in environmental issues.
Fighting for the Rights Freethinkers
We think that any person can believe what she or he wishes. But we do not agree that our lives and minds should be governed by the religious beliefs of others. HFCF is the leading voice for Humanism, Freethought, Atheism and Secularism in this part of North Carolina. Our group aims to provide a strong, positive, collective presence that can respond to the negative pressures and often outdated attitudes put forward by some in the religious community.
Many have come to our group to be free of dogmatic and repressive religious communities that deny science, devalue the individual, deny the rights of women, demonize sexuality and attack education and rational thinking.
A key role of HFCF is to provide a support network and social community for Freethinkers, who may sometimes feel alone in a region with multiple organized religions. We invite you to be a part of this community, to share your ideas, your voice and your skills to make the Cape Fear region a happier, more rational and more positive place for everyone.