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Shropshire Humanists press release December 2018. Press: For further
information, please contact Richard Burnham, 07976 702099 or
info@shropshire.humanist.org.uk
Our web site is shropshire.humanist.org.uk

+++ Two meetings in January 2019

*Tuesday 15 January: Where do we get our morals? *A discussion between
Peter Bellingham, Pastor at the Well in Shrewsbury, and Simon
Nightingale, Chair of Shropshire Humanists.

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.

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

*Thursday 17 January: Hot Potatoes (open mike session). *For our first
regular meeting of the year, once again the floor will be open 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!

Come along and hear what humanists think about things.

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.

+++ About Humanists UK: humanism.org.uk

Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist Association) is the national
charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live
ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.It is a
charitable company, formed in 1896 and incorporated in 1928.

Humanists UK is trusted by over 40,000 members and supporters and over
70 local and special interest affiliates to promote Humanism. Its
policies are informed with the support of over 130 of the UK’s most
prominent philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers and experts and
it seeks to advance them with the help of over 100 parliamentarians in
membership of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group. Its trained
and accredited celebrants conduct funerals and other non-religious
ceremonies attended by over 800,000 people each year.

What does it want? It wants a world where everyone lives cooperatively
on the basis of shared human values, respect for human rights, and
concern for future generations. It wants non-religious people to be
confident in living ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason
and humanity.

What does it do? It promotes Humanism, works on behalf of the
non-religious, and supports those who wish to live humanist lives,
including through the provision of humanist ceremonies. It campaigns for
a secular state, challenges religious privilege, and promotes equal
treatment in law and policy of everyone regardless of religion or
belief. It offers a humanist perspective in public debate, drawing on
contemporary humanist thought and the worldwide humanist tradition.

+++ About humanism:

Throughout recorded history there have been non-religious people who
have believed that this life is the only life we have, that the universe
is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that we can live
ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. They
have relied on the scientific method, evidence and reason to discover
truths about the universe and placed human welfare and happiness at the
centre of their ethical decision making.

Today, people who share these beliefs and values are called humanists
and this combination of attitudes is called Humanism. Many millions of
people in Britain share this way of living and of looking at the world,
but many of them have not heard the word ‘humanist’ and don’t realise
that it describes what they believe.

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