What is CFI Portland?

CFI Portland is the local branch of Center For Inquiry Transnational, an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, free inquiry and humanist values. We are a community where like-minded individuals meet, exchange ideas and experiences, and make friends. We also have a vibrant community of families who support each other in raising children well without religion.

We work to:

•  Advance reason and free of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor with no unaskable questions or unthinkable thoughts.

•  Educate the public about non-believers to reduce fear and prejudice.

•  Protect freedom of conscience and the separation of religion and state.


•  Providing education, outreach, and community service.

•  Presenting affirmative, rational ethical alternatives to the reigning paranormal systems of belief.

•  Building community.

CFI Portland offers over 150 events per year such as book and discussion groups, children’s activities, community service, movie and game nights, potlucks, campouts, lectures by high profile speakers, bar and coffeehouse meetups, organized activism, educational courses, and much more.

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Humanists of Greater Portland, founded in 1973, is one of the oldest freethought groups in the Northwest and is a recent “Chapter of the Year” of the American Humanist Association in Washington, D.C.  We began our Sunday meetings in a member’s pizza parlor. Now at Friendly House in NW Portland, HGP hosts weekly Sunday morning programs and weekly discussion groups that focus on science/reason, secularism, the humanities/culture/morality and human well-being. We have a Sunday morning Children’s Program and have recently hired an experienced teacher for that program.

With a mission to create a thriving local community that promotes and acts upon the ideals of humanism, HGP offers activism and volunteer opportunities and social events for the nonreligious in Portland’s Metro area. HGP’s outreach includes displays of humanist literature in Metro area libraries, donations to local charities and contributing to events like this Film Festival and the Northwest Freethought Conference. We are planning a Humanist Scholarship Contest for high school seniors, to begin in 2012.

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