Our speaker meetings and discussions (unless otherwise stated) are held at University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. This is a central location, near the Theatre Severn. It has wheelchair access and a hearing loop. Frankwell car park is just outside, and the venue is about 5-10 minutes walk from the station.
Meetings normally start at 7.30 pm. You are very welcome to come for tea and coffee from 7 pm to meet and chat with other members and guests. A voluntary donation is requested towards room hire and refreshments.
Shrewsbury has events marking Charles Darwin’s birthday in February. We do not have a speaker meeting that month.
July (a weekend walk and lunch) and December (a meal) are the main social events. We are now arranging other social activities throughout the year: not all are listed here as they are for members, their families and registered contacts, so please contact us to join our email list. Activities include special interest groups, Sunday breakfast, themed walks, a ‘virtual library’ and occasional public presentations around Shropshire.
Suggestions for topics or speakers are always welcome: please email us.
Programme updated 27 April 2019
Pete Hulme will give an introduction to the faith, but intends the main focus to be on a key aspect of consciousness that plays to his strengths as a psychologist and a Bahá’í. It was one he struggled with when he became a Bahá’í, post qualification as a sceptical agnostic clinical psychologist. The issue concerns whether or not the mind is reducible to the brain, that is, is the mind independent of the brain or simply a by-product or emergent property?
He thinks this is a crucial issue, amongst others, in terms of whether we can truly reconcile mainstream materialistic science and most transcendent spiritual traditions. It can be dealt with without too much psychobabble, and in his view can also be debated by all sides of the argument in a spirit of genuine exploration, but is also a major point of sometimes unproductive contention.
Thursday 20 June: University Centre 7.30 pm Event to mark International Humanist Day on 21 June
We shall be celebrating International Humanist Day with short talks on various aspects of humanism through the world, including speakers’ experiences of humanism in New Zealand, Germany and South Africa. We will also be talking about the important work of the Humanists International. We shall also review the hostile attitude to humanism in various places round the world including the death sentence for humanism in some countries.
Friday evening to Sunday morning 21-23 June, Humanists UK Annual Convention will be held in Leicester. Shropshire Humanists members are planning to attend – please contact us if you’d like to join us.
Sunday 21 July: Summer Social. Walk and BBQ Details will be emailed. If you can lead a short walk before lunch, please let us know.
Thursday 19 September: University Centre 7.30 pm TBA
Thursday 17 October: AGM followed by a talk at University Centre 7.30 pmTBA
Thursday 22 November: University Centre 7.30 pm TBA
Membership is £12 for the year. If you join part way through the year there is a discount. You may attend 3 meetings free but after that we request that you join.
For more information please contact our Secretary at email@example.com.