20 September meeting: Humanism in Action

P1030393-shrewsbury square - smThis meeting will showcase the work of humanists in three important areas:-

Maxine Beech, a Humanist Celebrant, will talk about baby namings, weddings and funerals.
Sue Falder, a Pastoral Support Volunteer, will talk about humanist “chaplaincy” work in healthcare, prisons and universities.
Simon Nightingale, a Volunteer School Speaker, will talk about going into RE classes to explain the basis of humanism.

There will be a general discussion of the importance of these activities and available training.

Thursday 20 September, 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.

15 September: SHG meeting with Imam Sohayb Peerbhai on Islam

Pilgrims performing Tawaf (circumambulating the Kaaba). This picture was taken from the gate of Abdul Aziz. Taken by Muhammad Mahdi Karim

Pilgrims performing Tawaf (circumambulating the Kaaba). This picture was taken from the gate of Abdul Aziz. Taken by Muhammad Mahdi Karim (copyright).

The next SHG meeting will feature Imam Sohayb Peerbhai. Sohayb, who is a friend of our Chair and colleague of his on SACRE and Interfaith Forums, has kindly agreed to come to talk to us about Islam.

Sohayb will start with a short talk on current issues in Islam and will then answer questions. We anticipate that there will be lots questions and so we would be grateful if you would email your questions to us before the meeting. We will group the questions to prevent duplication. To help Sohayb to provide a succinct and considered response, we will send the questions to him before the meeting. However, everyone is free to ask other questions on the evening, time permitting.

7.30 pm on Thursday 15th September, in the University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HQ. The Guildhall is next to the Theatre Severn. There is plenty of free parking outside.

Shropshire Humanist Group – March news

Chris Smith writes: In February eleven of us had lunch followed by the excellent Darwin Memorial Lecture at the Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury. This will become a permanent feature on the programme.

On 15 March we started our 2012 programme proper, with a talk by Hilda Reilly on Christian Zionism. Hilda took members and visitors from its beginnings in the 19th century, to present day politicians in the United States. There was a lot to take in, and there is no doubt that this is an important movement, full of contradictions and unlikely alliances. We had many questions and went away stimulated by what Hilda told us.

Her book, “Prickly Pears of Palestine” was available for those wanting more understanding of the complex situation in Palestine. See her website www.hildareilly.com. It was certainly a great way to start the year’s programmes!

Meanwhile, the committee has been looking at the constitution. This needed some rewording following the group’s decision to become a Partner of the British Humanist Association. BHA is formalising its relationship with the many and various Humanist groups and Partnership offers a stronger relationship, with more support, than our existing affiliation. At the same time we need to show BHA that we are satisfying certain (not onerous) conditions. That is why we are asking whether members are also in the BHA. We have also tightened some of the wording to reflect the Group as it is now. If the constitution is approved by members present at the April meeting we will be well placed to be one of the first groups to become a Partner in June of this year.

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