Teddy 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.
On the Danny Kelly BBC West Midlands programme on 6 December there was a phone-in on the pros and cons of holding a carol service (with prayers) in a local shopping centre.
Simon Nightingale was asked for a humanist response, which you can hear at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05mnzvn#play between 26.00 and 30.00 on the time line, for the next month only. Note that he expresses his own views.
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.
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.
Jay Harman, Education Campaigns Manager of Humanists UK, writes:
Take action! Oppose plans for a surge of religiously segregated schools by writing to the Education Secretary today.
Last year the Government announced proposals to usher in a massive expansion of religious discrimination and segregation in the education system. Under the plans, the current requirement that all new ‘faith’ schools keep at least half of their places open to local children, irrespective of religion or belief, would be scrapped, meaning that all ‘faith’ schools could once again become entirely segregated in their intakes.
But now, after almost a year of campaigning by Humanists UK and its supporters, the Government is considering a u-turn.
All the evidence suggests that religious selection leads to greater segregation along religious, ethnic, and socio-economic lines, and reduces the access of local families to their local schools. In our increasingly diverse society, we should be encouraging those from different backgrounds and with different beliefs to come together, not introducing policies that will only drive them further apart.
Some people have already written to their MPs about this, or responded personally to the official consultation last year. If you are one of those people, thank you for your support, but now it’s crucial that you express your concerns directly to the Secretary of State for Education.
Please email the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening and urge her to abandon plans to drop the 50% cap on faith-based admissions.
Our view is that there should be no ‘faith’ schools at all, but that as long as they do exist, they should have no right to discriminate. The 50% cap is an important step on the way to achieving that goal and to realising the fair, open, and inclusive education system we all want to see.
We’ve provided a template email on our website, which will be automatically emailed to the Secretary of State. You’ll also find suggestions there for how to make your response as personal as possible. The more customised your emai is, the more impact it is likely to have.
Please take action now!
Shropshire Humanist Group is taking part in the annual Multicultural Fun Day held by the Shrewsbury Interfaith Forum on Saturday 9 September, 12-4:30pm. It is held at the United Reformed Church near the English Bridge in Shrewsbury.
As in previous years, there are many varied entertainments planned, and also a children’s corner with supervised activities. John Mustafa is arranging the fine weather again and so the hall will be mainly used for refreshments and some of the entertainments. John will also very kindly provide some delicious food at a reasonable cost, and the proceeds go straight back into the Interfaith Forum to provide further funding.
Represented so far: Islam, Nichiren Buddhism, Judaism, Humanism, the LDS Church, and also the URC church. SHG is taking part to reflect our welcome of human diversity, our support for human rights and our stand against discrimination, and to emphasise that, although we live without religion, we support cultural and religious freedom, as well as freedom to live without religion.