BHA Convention and Humanist Professionals Conference, 9 to 11 June

From the BHA: The Humanist Professionals Conference, taking place in Cambridge during the daytime on Friday 9 June. This conference has been organised to take place alongside the BHA Convention 2017, which is running from Friday evening through to 16:00 on Sunday 11 June.

The Humanist Professionals Conference is an excellent opportunity to share experiences and best practice with others, with CPD that will be relevant and useful to everyone who might attend: school speakers, pastoral support volunteers, dialogue officers, and celebrants. The day is also open to those who might not be involved with the BHA in any of the above ways, but who would like to be. There’s been strong interest, and half the tickets are gone already.

There will be twelve sessions – plenary and parallel – throughout the day, covering a wide gamut of topics and interests:

  • Getting involved with Community Services
  • Pre-need funerals and pastoral support
  • Marketing yourself
  • Producing a good PowerPoint
  • How to ask good questions
  • Prison Education
  • How to speak to young people about Humanism – and answer tricky questions
  • Developing a voice you can rely on
  • Debating and dialogue techniques
  • Making use of symbolic gestures in your work
  • Successful peer assessment

The Humanist Professionals Conference is free to those also attending the BHA Convention 2017, or just £49 as a standalone event.

The BHA Convention 2017 will take place from 17:30 on Friday 9 June until 16:00 on Sunday 11 June, featuring dozens of speakers on myriad topics. Even three months out, it’s already our biggest Convention ever.

Join us and hear from theoretical physicist and BHA Vice President Jim Al-Khalili; comedian and BHA President Shappi Khorsandi; Humanist of the Year and author of the ‘Dubs amendment’ that committed the government to accepting more child refugees, Lord Alf Dubs; Julia Ebner, policy analyst at the Quilliam Foundation; oceanographer and physicist Helen Czerski; and many, many more.

Dr Rupert Read on climate change

From the conference organised by Center for Inquiry UK and the British Humanist Association: Global Warming — Where Do We Go From Here? Philosopher and Green activist Dr Rupert Read speaking on global over-heat, the end of denialism, and the self-destruction of libertarianism in relation to this issue – and a possible way forward, in terms of guardians for future people.

Dr Mayer Hillman on climate change (video)

From the conference organised by Center for Inquiry UK and the British Humanist Association: Global Warming — Where Do We Go From Here? by Dr Mayer Hillman, Senior Fellow Emeritus, Policy Studies Institute, London. What do we do now that society is demonstrating all too clearly its strong preference for downplaying the significance and implications of climate change?

North West Humanists conferences

John Coss of the Greater Manchester Humanists writes:

In the spirit of continual improvement we are trying something different this year. For the past three years our annual conference has taken place in the autumn – but there have always been difficulties finding a three-day slot which doesn’t clash with other significant humanist events taking place elsewhere in the country, and this has often meant that some invited speakers have been unable to join us.

So the three-day conference will now be moved to spring each year – the next, therefore, being in 2015. We expect this will be held in Cumbria, with Kendal the most likely location, and we are confident of securing a very attractive line-up of speakers.

In 2014 we are organising one or more One-Day Conferences, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday 28 June in Warrington, with the theme: Humanism and Education. We aim to maintain the standard of previous conferences – for feedback from participants see

The booking fee is reduced for earlybird bookings received by Monday 9 June.

7 June: Birmingham Humanists 50th anniversary conference, ‘Humanism: the way forward’

Saturday, 7 June:  ‘Humanism: the way forward’, a day of talks and discussion to celebrate the Birmingham Humanists‘ 50th anniversary, with speakers including Kate Smurthwaite, 10.30am–3.30pm. The meeting takes place at the MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH. Cost: £10. You can book by sending a cheque, made out to Birmingham Humanists, to Carolyn Sugden, 37 Devonshire Road, Birmingham B20 2PB, or by making payment to their PayPal account (

10.30 coffee & cake
11.00 Prof Colin Campbell
11.45 Pavan Dhaliwal (BHA)
12.15 Short presentations: Uganda Humanist schools, Sunday Assembly, etc.
1.00 Lunch
1.45 Workshops
2.30 Panel
3.15 Kate Smurthwaite
4.00 close

The fee is £10 (concessions £5) and it promises to be an inspiring day!

Religious Education Teachers’ Conference: British Humanist Association

The British Humanist Association, supported by Conway Hall Ethical Society, presents a free day-conference for Religious Education teachers to explore Humanism and the inclusion of non-religious perspectives in Religious Education, on July 16th, 2014 from 10:00 to 16:00 at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.


Religious Education teachers know that for their subject to remain relevant and engaging it is vital that it includes non-religious perspectives alongside religious beliefs as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. This view is supported by the Secretary of State for Education and by the Religious Education Council for England and Wales.

Surveys consistently show that a high proportion of young people are not religious, and it is vital that these young people are able to explore their own beliefs as they develop their own moral and ethical framework that will take them through to adult life.

The case for including Humanism in RE as non-religious worldview has never been stronger, but RE teachers will be the first to admit that they would value extra support and resources to be able to confidently include Humanism in lessons.

This day conference is aimed at Religious Education teachers, Head Teachers, Local Authority RE advisors, RE subject specialists and co-ordinators to increase teachers’ confidence and competence in planning and delivering lessons that include Humanism.

Attendees will:

  • Increase their understanding of Humanism as a non-religious worldview and see how it can fit in to RE lessons and contribute to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC)
  • Get the latest update on the national picture and current state of play for Religious Education
  • Hear directly from practitioners and teachers about how Humanism has improved pupils and students learning, in the context of practical ideas and examples
  • Increase their own confidence and competence in delivering lessons on Humanism

Who should attend?

RE teachers, Head Teachers,  Local Authority RE advisors, and RE subject specialists.

Speakers and contributors:

Dr Mark Chater (Culham St Gabriel’s Trust)
Beth Stillings Cohen and Saara Quested (3FF)
Sara Passmore (Head of Education and Promotion at the British Humanist Association)
More to be announced…


Registration for this event is free. Light refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact

Full details here on the BHA website.

North West Humanists Conference, 11-13 October 2013

We have received information about this conference in Manchester in October. For full information, including the programme,  please see the NW Humanists web site,

NWhumanists: united on purpose

‘What the world most needs at this moment is a means of convincing human beings to embrace the whole of the species as their moral community. For this we need to develop an utterly non-sectarian way of talking about the full spectrum of human experience and human aspiration. We need a discourse on ethics and spirituality that is every bit as unconstrained by dogma and cultural prejudice as the discourse of science is’  Sam Harris

Announcing our third regional conference (Organised by Lancashire Secular Humanists and Greater Manchester Humanists):

Humanism in Action : Friday 11th – Sunday 13th October 2013 at The St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North
A few minutes walk south from Manchester Piccadilly station – free on-street parking nearby. There is disabled access throughout the venue and a loop system in the main hall
(The Friday evening film show will be held at the Britons Protection, near the Bridgewater Hall).

Conference Objectives:
• To enrich the knowledge and commitment of new and existing members
• To help participants move forward in living their lives as Humanists
• To enthuse participants with the message that we have something really worthwhile to offer

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