Introduction to Humanism: course in Telford this autumn

Following the success of the course we held in 2016, we are repeating it in Telford this year. The course consists of 6 sessions, each lasting 2 hours (7 – 9 pm) on a Wednesday at weekly intervals from the end of September to the beginning of November 2017. The venue will be The Meeting Point House at Telford Shopping Centre, Southwater Square, Telford TF3 4HS.

This course is intended for anybody who is interested in humanism and wishes to find out more about its principles and the activities of humanists. No previous knowledge of humanism or philosophy is required. There will be a fee of £20 for the course to cover expenses.

The course will be limited to 20 participants. You do not need to be a member of the British Humanist Association, but we would prefer (but don’t insist) that you are a member of the Shropshire Humanist Group.

A course folder, which is distributed at the beginning of the course, includes all the material needed for the discussions on which the course is based. Participants are encouraged to read the material in advance, so that they can bring contributions and questions to each session.

Sept 27th, What do humanists believe?
Oct 4th, What are the historical roots of humanism?
Oct 11th, Where do humanists get their moral values?
Oct 18th, How do humanist handle moral dilemmas?
Oct 25th, What is the meaning and purpose of life for humanists?
Nov 1st, What do humanists do? Review of the course.
Date to be arranged: Meal for all participants

If you would like to come to the course and/or join the SHG, please contact us through the contact page.

Simon Nightingale gives an introduction to Humanism at Shrewsbury U3A

Shrewsbury U3A member and chair of Shropshire Humanist Group, Dr. Simon Nightingale outlines the principles of humanism. This talk is a well-structured introduction for anyone interested in humanism, for example, those who believe that it is possible to lead a good life and be a good person without religion will find areas of common interest. Those with religious faith who are interested in learning more of a rapidly growing, influential non-religious world view are especially encouraged to watch the presentation which includes questions from the U3A audience towards the end.

18 May: Alison Patrick of the Unitarian Church in Shrewsbury: Unitarian? What’s that?

On Thursday 18 May, Alison Patrick will tell us about Unitarianism.

Unitarianism is a faith with no creed or doctrine. It has its roots in the Judaeo Christian tradition and has evolved to encompass a range which spans liberal Christianity to religious humanism and earth centred spirituality. The first identified Unitarian churches and meeting houses, including Shrewsbury, emerging in the 18th century but the origins of the faith go back further. We’ll look at the history of the Unitarian movement which includes historic figures Iike Joseph Priestley, Josiah Wedgwood and Elizabeth Gaskell, at the interesting stories of Shrewsbury Unitarian Church, and at some of the beliefs and activities of Unitarians today. I look forward to discussing and comparing with Humanist approaches.

University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ at 7.30 pm

Ludlow and Marches Humanists, 18 April: The crisis in Shropshire’s NHS

Gill George, Chair of the campaign to defend our local NHS, will talk about the issues and what can be done to combat the threat to our much valued and needed health services.

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 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.

Simon Nightingale on BBC Radio 3, 2 April: listen

Simon Nightingale did a short talk on distributive justice, referring to John Rawls, in Shropshire Radio’s Sunday morning “Faith and Ethics” program.

To hear it go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04wtj7c#play and listen on the time line from 1.18.15 to 1.23.50.

He then talked about the recent problems of the neurology service at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital until 1.27.00

British Humanist Association videos

There are many videos on the British Humanist Association YouTube channel. They include lectures by distinguished speakers, panel discussions and specially-produced videos on Humanism.

Why not have a look?

Among the recent additions, the Holyoake lecture 2016 by Owen Jones:

Noel Conway is seeking funding for his legal fight on assisted dying

Noel ConwayA couple of months ago we highlighted our member Noel Conway, who has motor neurone disease and  is currently seeking, with Dignity in Dying, a judicial review that could result in a change to the law on assisted dying.

He is seeking funding for his legal case, and you can donate at Crowdfunder. Shropshire Humanist Group has made a donation of £100 from group funds.

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