Introduction to Humanism: course in Shrewsbury, September/October

This course, run by members of Shropshire Humanists, has been popular in previous years, so we are running it again in Shrewsbury this year. The six-week 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.

The course consists of 6 sessions, each lasting 2 hours (7–9 pm) on Wednesdays at weekly intervals in September and October 2018. The venue is the University Centre in the Guildhall on Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. The Guildhall is just east of the Welsh Bridge by the footbridge to the Riverside Shopping Centre. It is 5 minutes walk from the rail and bus stations and there is free parking in the evenings. The venue has wheelchair access.

The course will be limited to 20 participants. You do not need to be a member of the national organisation Humanists UK, but we would prefer (but don’t insist) that you are or become a member of the Shropshire Humanists.

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.

The sessions are:

1        What do humanists believe?    Sept 12

2        What are the historical roots of humanism?      Sept 19              

3        Where do humanists get their moral values?    Sept 26

4        Meaning and purpose of life for humanists?     Oct   3

5        How do humanist handle moral dilemmas?       Oct 10

6        What do humanist do? Review course.         Oct 17

We plan to have a meal together after the last session. There will be a fee of £20 for the course to cover expenses.

If you would like to come to the course and/or join the Shropshire Humanists, please download and fill in this form. If the course is full, we will return your money and invite you to the next course that we hold.

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Introducing Humanism: Non-religious Approaches to Life (Online Course – second chance to enrol)

Humanists UK are running the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), which was a huge success earlier this year, for a second time. If you missed the first course, we highly recommend that you enrol onto this course – it is free and many of our members have commented on how informative and enjoyable they found the course. Please see the below information and link for more details.

Learn about humanism – a non-religious, ethical worldview shared by millions across the world.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/introducing-humanism

Humanism is a non-religious, ethical world view shared by millions of people around the world. Humanists believe 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.

However, there is widespread misunderstanding about what it means to be a humanist or to live a life without a religion. On this course you will learn more about humanist beliefs and values, and discover how humanists attempt to answer life’s big questions.

  • The humanist understanding of human beings: our nature, capacities, and responsibilities
  • How humanists answer questions about the world (science, reason, scepticism) and the consequences for a humanist understanding of reality
  • A humanist approach to making life meaningful and the value of individual freedom
  • The origins and evolution of morality and a humanist perspective on how to be good
  • The humanist vision for society (secularism, freedoms, and human rights) and the motivations behind their goals
  • Different definitions of humanism, its history, and its diversity

Introducing Humanism: Non-religious Approaches to Life (Online course starting 19 February)

Learn about humanism – a non-religious, ethical worldview shared by millions across the world.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/introducing-humanism

Humanism is a non-religious, ethical world view shared by millions of people around the world. Humanists believe 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.

However, there is widespread misunderstanding about what it means to be a humanist or to live a life without a religion. On this course you will learn more about humanist beliefs and values, and discover how humanists attempt to answer life’s big questions.

  • The humanist understanding of human beings: our nature, capacities, and responsibilities
  • How humanists answer questions about the world (science, reason, scepticism) and the consequences for a humanist understanding of reality
  • A humanist approach to making life meaningful and the value of individual freedom
  • The origins and evolution of morality and a humanist perspective on how to be good
  • The humanist vision for society (secularism, freedoms, and human rights) and the motivations behind their goals
  • Different definitions of humanism, its history, and its diversity

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.

Introduction to Humanism: course in Shrewsbury Sept and Oct 2016

There will be an introductory course on Humanism in Shrewsbury this autumn. The course consists of 6 sessions, each lasting 2 hours (7 – 9 pm) on a Wednesday at weekly intervals in September and October 2016. The venue will probably be the University Centre in Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury (to be confirmed).

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.

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.

What do humanists believe? Sept 14
What are the historical roots of humanism? Sept 21
Where do humanists get their moral values? Sept 28
How do humanist handle moral dilemmas? Oct 5
What is the meaning and purpose of life for humanists? Oct 12
What do humanists do? Review of course. Oct 19
Meal for all participants

There will be a fee of £20 for the course to cover expenses. We plan to have a meal together after the last session. Any fee surplus will subsidise this.

If you would like to come to the course and/or join the SHG, please contact the Secretary through this site.

Course on Humanism planned for the autumn

Shropshire Humanist Group is planning a course on Humanism that will likely take place on six Wednesday evenings in September and October in Shrewsbury. It will be given by two of our members.

More details will be published nearer the time.

Free eBook on Humanism, for the price of a share on Twitter or Facebook

Get a free copy of “Humanism: A Short Course” from the British Humanist Association by paying with a Tweet or a Facebook share.

To download the PDF just visit this page and follow the instructions.

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