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.

19 April meeting: Buddhism – is it just a way of life?

The Rev Saido Kennaway will give a talk that will attempt to cover the underlying assumptions and principles of Buddhism, give some sense of its diversity and its religious aspects, and present more specifically the Zen tradition of Dogen and how it points to integrating Buddhist teachings into ordinary daily life.

Saido Kennaway is a Buddhist monk from the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, which has its roots in the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism, and he is disciple of the late Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett. He lived for many years at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in Northumberland and for the last 18 years at Telford Buddhist Priory.

Thursday 19 April at 7.30 pm, 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.

Saido recommends that anyone interested in doing some reading should look at the book The Foundations of Buddhism by Rupert Gethin, and at the following web sites:
https://www.accesstoinsight.org
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ati/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.065.than.html
http://tbpriory.org.uk
http://throssel.org.uk.

15 March meeting: Karen Williams on Poverty

Karen Williams Karen Williams will talk about poverty in our community. She will discuss the reality of struggling to survive and the problems faced by the lower-paid, both in day-to-day living and in dealing with government and other officials.

Karen Williams is Project Leader of Shrewsbury foodbank PLUS, a holistic range of projects that serve our community often when people are at their most vulnerable. Working with the people of Shropshire they offer hope by recognising the value of each individual, enabling them to make positive choices for their future to play a full role in society and see personal transformation in their lives. Foodbank PLUS is part of Barnabas Community Projects of which Karen is a Director.

Karen will be happy to receive donations of food at the meeting.

Thursday 15 March at 7.30 pm, 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.

Ludlow and Marches Humanists meeting: ‘Telling people about Humanism’, 20 February

Our neighbours, Ludlow and Marches Humanists, present a talk ‘Telling People about Humanism’ by Dr Simon Nightingale.

The meeting is on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 7.30pm, at The Friends Meeting House, St Mary’s Lane, Ludlow SY8 1DZ

Note that the Ludlow and Marches Humanists have a new web site at ludlow.humanist.org.uk

Simon is a partly retired doctor, a clinical neurologist with a particular interest in philosophical aspects of neuroscience – consciousness, free will, the neural substrate for empathy and morality and so on.  He has been a humanist for many years and since 2015 he has been chair of the Shropshire Humanist Group. He contributes short talks on Humanism to local radio, and participates in inter-faith discussions; he will be considering techniques, tactics and pitfalls when communicating Humanist messages to people of different outlooks. He is also a keen metagrobologist and won prizes for it! (Metagrobology is the study of puzzles.)

All welcome.

Meeting on 18 January: Hot Potato (open mike) session

Start 2018 with our HOT POTATO – OPEN MIKE meeting on Thursday 18 January 2018 at 7.30 pm, at University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ.

Anyone can talk for 5 minutes (exceptionally 10minutes) on any subject somewhat related to humanism or just something that’s important to you.

So if something interests or fascinates you – then you have a chance of interesting and fascinating us!

Last year the talks included a range of interesting topics such as assisted dying (by Noel Conway of course), humanist communities, the “Alt-Right” (Trump, Bannon, Putin etc), transgender issues, disability law and humanism, problems at a local faith school, picking up litter and someone read a clever and funny poem.

If you would like to do a short presentation, please email our chair Simon Nightingale chair@shropshire.humanist.org.uk and let him know.

You can use PowerPoint if you wish, but many don’t.

 

 

Shrewsbury U3A Philosophers, 7 December: A Platonic dialogue on Humanism

Is Humanism an alternative religion?

Is it an alternative to religion?

Can it provide moral clarity and spiritual value?

Is it simply all about us?

Simon Nightingale makes the case for Humanism. Primary interlocutors are Mike Curtis and Chris Stoddart with moderation by Jim Clevenger.

Thursday 7 December at 10 am, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. All welcome, you don’t have to be a U3A member.

Ludlow and Marches Humanists meeting, 21 November: Does God exist?

ludlowquakers-ed-sm Burt Flannery asks “Does God Exist?”

Burt had for many years been troubled by the big questions: Why are we here? How did we get here and where are we headed? And why, after tens of thousands of years of human existence, is the world so frequently characterised by man’s inhumanity and peaceful coexistence so illusory. So Burt wrote a book “What’s God got to do with it?” to consider and debate these questions.

Burt, a former mathematician and management consultant, was a keen sportsman for most of his life, until a knee injury abruptly curtailed his competitive activities.

Tuesday 21 November 2017, 7.30pm, at The Friends Meeting House, St Mary’s Lane, Ludlow SY8 1DZ

All welcome. Email for more information.

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