17 January meeting: Hot Potatoes (open mike session). Come along and speak your mind!

Once again, we are opening the floor at our January meeting to all of our members. Anyone can speak for 5 minutes (absolute maximum 10 minutes) on a topic of their own choice that is in some way related to humanism. It can be a personal account or an objective review. The idea is that you talk about something that interests you, and you interest us!  You can use PowerPoint if you wish, but that is not essential. Please email the chairman with the title of your planned talk to prevent duplication.

Thursday 17  January at 7.30 pm, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. All welcome. A voluntary contribution is requested for room hire and refreshments.

You are very welcome to come for tea and coffee from 7 pm to meet and chat with other members and guests.

15 January: Where do we get our morals? A discussion between a Christian and a Humanist

A dscussion between Peter Bellingham, Pastor at the Well in Shrewsbury, and Simon Nightingale, Chair of Shropshire Humanists.

Tuesday 15 January at 7.30 pm, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. All welcome. Entrance is free and no ticket is required.

Peter Bellingham, Pastor at the Well in Shrewsbury, and Simon Nightingale, Chair of Shropshire Humanists, are next door neighbours and good friends. Their beliefs are different for Peter is a Christian and Simon a Humanist. However their moral values are very similar.

On the 15th of January they are meeting to discuss how they reach these moral values. It is not an adversarial debate, but a discussion to help Christians understand the basis of humanist morality and vice versa.

The audience will have an opportunity for questions and comments.

The meeting will be chaired by the Reverend John Nightingale, a Christian and also Simon’s brother.

Birmingham Humanists meeting, 21 November: Ariane Sherine

You may be interested in the next meeting of Birmingham Humanists, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 21 November. Ariane Sherine, the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity book The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, will be giving a talk, based on her new book Talk yourself better.

The meeting will be held at Moseley Exchange, 149–153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP.

We’ve all watched films and telly programmes featuring therapists, such as The Sopranos – but what’s the best way to access therapy in real life if you’re not a mafia boss? What’s the difference between therapy and counselling, or CBT and psychoanalysis? And why pay a stranger to listen to you in the first place? Can’t a good friend provide a shoulder to cry on?

In her talk Ariane will answer all these questions and more, demystifying once and for all the secret world of therapy – with plenty of laughs along the way. She’ll also be signing copies of Talk yourself better after the talk.

Ariane has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Observer, New Statesman and The Spectator.

Please note: this event is not organised by Shropshire Humanists.

Ludlow and Marches Humanists meeting, 20 November: Salop Assizes 1949, swimwear and the law, by Peter Roscoe

In 1949 several men were arrested in Shrewsbury and charged with gross indecency. Peter Roscoe came across this item in a local newspaper and it led him to research into the background of this story and the extent to which gay men were prosecuted in the post WW2 period until recent times.

Peter grew up in Macclesfield in the 1950s, moved to London in his 20s and, when it felt safe enough, moved to Shrewsbury in 1984. Peter and his civil partner, Geoff (of 37 years) have a son, Liam, (now 29 years old).

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 7.30pm at The Friends Meeting House, St Mary’s Lane Ludlow SY8 1DZ. All welcome. For more information call 01568 770282 or email: rocheforts@tiscali.co.uk

This talk is not organised by Shropshire Humanists.

15 November meeting – David Spicer on Sexual Exploitation: “They ask for it, don’t they” (please note corrected date)

Apologies for the wrong date being previously published.

(The Times)

David Spicer is a retired barrister who was the Lead Reviewer and author of the Report published in February 2018 following the Joint Serious Case Review into Sexual Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults in Newcastle upon Tyne. This was high profile review and the Report which included local and national recommendations for government attracted widespread attention of the media. A Parliamentary Debate in June 2018 addressed issues in the Report.

The Review concerned the circumstances of a conservative estimate of 700 victims of sexual exploitation. The criminal investigation led to convictions of a significant number of abusers and sentences of 28 years imprisonment. Previous high-profile reviews and inquiries (Oxfordshire, Rochdale and Rotherham) have considered sexual exploitation of children. The Newcastle Review also concerned sexual exploitation of young adults with learning disabilities. This Review benefited from significant involvement from the victims who gave evidence in the criminal trials.

Mr Spicer’s presentation will consider the process and the findings, including what we know about what makes victims vulnerable and the profiles of abusers, the role of communities, and the recommendations which were concerned with how this serious abuse which is widespread across the country may be earlier identified or prevented.

Thursday 15 November at 7.30 pm, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. You are very welcome to come for tea and coffee from 7 pm to meet and chat with other members and guests.

18 October: AGM and video and discussion on Modern Slavery

Our AGM takes place at our regular Thursday evening this month. We look forward to seeing our members and potential members, please come and get involved! The formalities will be followed by a short video on Modern Slavery, and a discussion on the topic.Thursday 18 October, 7.30 pm, at University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. Voluntary donations requested. You are very welcome to arrive at 7 pm for coffee/tea and to chat to other members and visitors.

Videos from our meeting: Humanism in Action

At our September meeting, humanists talked about their activities.

Maxine Beech talked about her job conducting humanists weddings, funerals and baby-naming:

Sue Falder on humanist pastoral Care and chaplaincy:

Education in schools by Simon Nightingale:

The full meeting:

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