Humanism in action

Here’s the third Zoom meeting organised by Humanist groups from across the West Midlands region for the month of February.

At the February 16th event, humanist practitioners shared their insights and experiences of working in different areas of humanism in action. Here’s how the session breaks down:

Event ChairSarah Robbins 
Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (SACREs)Jane Sault2:35
School speakersBrian Goredema-Braid10:30
DialogueSimon Nightingale19:05
Pastoral care/chaplaincyPete Bispham25:40
CelebrantsMark Taylor35:10
Question and answer session 44:15

Please see the events section of our website for details of the other events in the West Midlands Humanism in Action Month and how to sign up.

Climate change

“The Psychology of Climate Deniers” and “Climate Change and Environmental Ethics”

Here’s the second virtual discussion organised by Humanist groups from across the West Midlands region for the month of February.

Dr Simon Nightingale, who has a background in neuroscience and psychology, and is also Chair of Shropshire Humanists, discusses the “Psychology of Climate Change Deniers”. Just prior to his talk, Dr Nightingale also provides a brief introduction on Humanist Climate Action, which is soon to be launched by Humanists UK.

Next, Professor Richard Norman, eminent philosopher and Vice-President of Humanists UK, will talk on the subject of “Climate Change and Environmental Ethics”.

Dr Nightingale’s presentation begins around the 1:45 mark. Professor Norman’s talk begins around 27:25 with a Q&A session beginning around 48:10.

Please see the events section of our website for details of the other events in the West Midlands Humanism in Action Month and how to sign up.

Humanism – where are we now?

A talk by Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK

In case you missed it, here’s the first part of a series of virtual discussions organised by Humanist groups from across the West Midlands region for the month of February.

In this first Zoom session from February 2nd, guest speaker Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK, discusses Humanism – where are we now? Andrew’s talk begins around the 7-minute mark and the Q&A session begins about 26 ½ minutes in.

Please see the events section of our website for details of the other events in the West Midlands Humanism in Action Month and how to sign up.

Lockdown Limericks

A little light relief in these very short days

From an anonymous contributor

December 2020

All I want for Christmas is… an injection.
Astra Zeneca my selection.
Covid, tis a curse, but would be worse,
If I had asked God for my protection.

There’s much in Covid to fear,
Though I’ll not shed a tear,
But lockdown’s a fright. I’m in need of a pint,
Good Boris, please put me in the right tier.

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Life in a Time of Lockdown

An article by Joyce Brand

November 2020

When I came to think about the topic ‘life in a time of lockdown’ I came close to simply bemoaning the closing down of our way of life, the threat of predicted financial disaster, the identification of the wretched fraud that has been perpetrated on frightened people and the abysmal performance of our politicians. To have gone down this route would have been to miss the opportunity to consider possible positive outcomes from this tragedy.

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Introduction to Humanism Part 2

Here is the final installment of the short 2-part video series produced by Humanists UK. Speakers discuss the role of Humanism in public debate and the importance of secularism in creating a fairer society for all.

Includes interviews with Richard Dawkins, A C Grayling, Tim Minchin, Andrew Copson, Polly Toynbee, Rumi Hassan, Philip Pullman, and Zoe Margolis.

Reflections in old age

An article by Tony Akkermans

November 2020

Last month I turned 80. Other milestones have made an impact before but this one was different. When hitting the 60 or 70 count it is possible to pretend that you are still in late middle age but the 80 mark puts a stop to all that. Now the hard fact is staring you in the face; you are old. And with the sobriquet ‘old’, thoughts inevitably turn to the dark at the end of the tunnel. My son wrote an amusing poem for the occasion, highlighting aspects of my life but it also contained the line: “So eight decades down and still ticking but enduring ever more humour about bucket kicking”.

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Introduction to Humanism Part 1

Here is part 1 of a short 2-part video series produced by Humanists UK where a series of engaging speakers explore different aspects of Humanism. We’ll post part 2 in a week or so…

Includes interviews with Richard Dawkins, A C Grayling, Tim Minchin, Andrew Copson, Polly Toynbee, Rumi Hassan, Philip Pullman, and Zoe Margolis.

Growing up in a Vicarage

An article by David Flory

October 2020

I grew up in a loving, safe and privileged family. I have very fond memories of my childhood and I am very grateful to my parents and siblings for the environment that they, we, created at home.

I feel it important to stress this at the start and also to stress that I still have an excellent relationship with all members of my family and that I value those relationships and do all I can to keep them close and positive.

I should also state that I am a humanist – factually I am an atheist although that somehow feels a little more radical as a term and so I prefer Humanist.

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