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
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17 May meeting: Teddy Prout of Humanists UK on supporting those who leave their religion

teddy-2-croppoed-230x264Teddy Prout of Humanists UK will be talking about the journey that apostates face when leaving their religion, drawing on the personal experiences of those with whom he works, and his own journey from evangelical Christianity to humanism. He will also discuss the current issues in the UK for apostates, and what Faith to Faithless is doing to help individuals through their own journeys.

Faith to Faithless is a non-profit organisation associated with Humanists UK. It was started in mid-2015 by Imtiaz Shams and Aliyah Saleem to draw attention to the discrimination faced in particular by minorities within minorities, and to give a platform to the faithless to come out in public and speak out against this discrimination.

Thursday 17 May, 7.30 pm, at University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. All welcome, but voluntary donations requested.

You are very welcome to arrive at 7 pm for coffee/tea and to chat to other members and visitors.

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

Humanists UK: Help save a fellow humanist’s life

Save HamzaAn appeal from Humanists UK, the national organisation for humanists:

By now you’ve probably heard the harrowing case of Hamza bin Walyat, the humanist who is being deported to Pakistan for failing a test of his ‘non-religiousness’ that required him to ‘identify classical philosophers’ like Plato and Aristotle. Because Pakistan is one of 13 countries where non-religious people are executed, we need your help today to save Hamza’s life.

Hamza’s life is now in serious danger because the Home Office has completely misunderstood the nature of humanism and seems to have forgotten that non-religious people have equal protections from persecution on the grounds of their beliefs. This is unacceptable, and now we must act quickly to save Hamza’s life.

Please, take a minute from your day today to sign our petition to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, backing our demands to save Hamza’s life and re-educate the Home Office about humanism and the basic human rights non-religious people are entitled to in law.

Thank you again for your support,

Andrew Copson
Chief Executive

Next meeting: 16 November, The big change in religion and belief – how might a Humanist respond?

Jeremy Rodell, Dialogue Officer of Humanists UK

Britain is currently going through what’s been called the biggest change in religion and belief landscape since the Reformation, 500 years ago. 53% of the population now say they belong to no religion, while the figure for 18-24 year olds is 71%.

But what’s really going on? What are the facts? And what are the practical implications? Can the non-religious help make it work? Jeremy Rodell is Humanists UK volunteer Dialogue Officer, and a former Trustee.

Thursday 16 November at 7.30 pm, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. All welcome, but voluntary donations requested.

Simon Nightingale on radio: talking about why he is a humanist

Simon Nightingale talked on BBC Radio Shropshire on Sunday morning, 8 October, about humanism and atheism and explaining why he is a humanist and a member of Humanists UK.

You can hear the talk for a limited time at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05gfbtk

Listen on the time line from 1:20:00 to 1:25:00.

Humanists UK and Humanist Students announce free membership for students

From Humanists UK:

Last week, Humanists UK took the step of making student membership of Humanists UK absolutely free for all students in further education for the duration of their degrees.
We have done this to integrate the memberships of dozens of university humanist societies across the UK, so that they can be more joined-up with each other and the wider humanist movement. Members of student humanist societies can now also directly elect the President of Humanist Students, our student section, through an online vote each year.

This is just one of the ways that we’re bringing non-religious people together to develop their own views and an understanding of the world around them. Working together, our members and supporters across the country help us to champion ideas for the one life we have, promote human rights and equality, and oppose religious discrimination.

This community of supporters has, in the last few days, allowed us to promote new ideas for reforms to the RE curriculum; to criticise faith schools at the UN; to advance the decriminalisation of abortion; to condemn religious persecution overseas; to stand up to extreme animal cruelty in the name of religion; and much more.

If you’re not already a member, then do join today or ask a friend to do the same. For students, it’s free. Together, we can work towards a secular UK where rational thinking and kindness prevail.

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