Telford talk: An introduction to Humanism on 21 July

Shropshire Humanist Group is sponsoring a talk about Humanism on Friday 21st July at 7.30 pm at Meeting Point House at Telford Shopping Centre, Southwater Square, Telford TF3 4HS. It will be presented by Dr Simon Nightingale, Chair of Shropshire Humanist Group.

The talk is an introduction for anyone interested in humanism, whether or not they call themselves a humanist. Humanists are those who believe that it is possible to lead a good life and be a good person without religion, and anyone favouring that view will find areas of common interest. Those with religious faith who are interested in learning more of a rapidly growing, influential non-religious world view are most welcome. Teachers of Religious Education may find the talk helpful and informative. Tea/coffee/biscuits available afterwards.

This talk will be followed by a course on humanism, consisting of six weekly 2-hour sessions beginning on Wednesday 27 September for 6 weeks, also at Meeting Point House. Members of the public are welcome to enrol for the course. There is a limit on numbers and there will be a small charge. Full details are here.

Humanists believe one can lead a good life and be a good person without religion. Humanists UK is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. Dr Nightingale, a retired consultant neurologist from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, has been working for humanism for some years, conducting humanist funerals and weddings. He is the humanist representative on the Shrewsbury SACRE – the Local Authority committee that oversees Religious Education and Collective Worship in our Shropshire state schools and a member of the Shrewsbury Interfaith Forum. Currently he is chair of the Shropshire Humanist Group, the organisation that has arranged this talk.

Meeting Point House is near Telford Shopping Centre, and 10-15 minutes walk from Train and Bus Stations. Brown Elm car park is nearby. There is wheelchair access.

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Dying Matters Awareness Week

Many humanists are interested in matters relating to death and dying for various reasons, such as humanist funerals, topical issues such as assisted dying and existential questions about life and death. During Dying Matters Awareness Week (8-14th May), there are three public events in Shropshire.

SHREWSBURY 10TH MAY
On Wednesday 10th of May at 6.60pm, Dignity and Dying, who are supporting Noel Conway in his high court action to enable assisted dying, are holding a meeting for a new Shropshire branch in the Hobbs room of Shrewsbury Library.

SHREWSBURY 12TH MAY
Dying Matters Shropshire is holding a public event in the Square Shrewsbury on Friday 12th May from 10am to 2pm. There will be crafts, a talking about death & dying cafe, florist and so much more, encouraging the public to talk about death and dying asking people what they want to do before they die, and how they would like to be remembered. Simon Nightingale will be there (in the morning) to answer questions abut humanism and humanist funerals. Come and join us! For more details see here.

TELFORD 12TH MAY
Dying Matters Shropshire is also holding a public event called “You only Die Once” in the Telford Shopping Centre (TF3 4BX) from 9 am to 6pm on Friday 12th May. It will outside Pandora, which is near Marks and Spencer. There will be representatives from community health teams, Samaritans, Hospice etc. Humanism will be represented there with a table display staffed by some of the local humanist funeral celebrants, including Sue Falder and Simon Nightingale (in the afternoon). Come and join us.

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.

30 April: Amnesty International Telford group talk on Inequality

Amnesty Telford logoSHG members and readers may be interested in a free lecture sponsored by the Amnesty International Telford Branch on the subject of inequality.

Ana Caistor Arendar, Head of Inequality Campaigns at Oxfam, will give a talk entitled Even It Up at The Studio (next to the Chapel), Wrekin College TF1 3BH at 4.00 pm on Thursday, April 30th.

Free admission, refreshments provided.  There will be a collection to cover expenses.

Queries to Paul Francis, francisliberty [at] btinternet.com or phone 01952 728694

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