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Introducing Humanism

Humanists UK have teamed up with Sandi Toksvig to launch a new massive open online course (MOOC) about humanism, called Introducing Humanism. Sign up for the course here.

What is Humanism?

Humanists are atheists and agnostics who make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.

Can you be good without God?

Our latest Young Humanist Essay Competition was on the topic, Does Religion Have a Future?. First prizes were awarded to Amy Pointon (under 15) and John Dalrymple (15 - 19). You can read their winning entries here and here.

What's On

Tues 3 AprilGill Main

Child Poverty in the UK: Understanding its nature, causes and consequences, with Dr Gill Main.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Child poverty has featured in the news and in policy debates for decades under both Labour and Conservative governments. More recently, media coverage has highlighted the growing numbers of children falling into poverty following substantial cuts to public spending, whilst some politicians have challenged the definition and measures of child poverty.

Since we know that child poverty damages children and societies, why is it so difficult to come to an agreement on what it is and what to do about it?

Gill will provide some background context about child poverty, discuss why it is so difficult to come up with a definition that we can agree on and detail some of the changes that might be needed, in policy and in popular and media representations of poverty, to make a sustained difference to the lives of children in poverty and the adults those children become.

Dr Gill Main is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on child poverty, social exclusion, and well-being. She is currently leading a project which focuses on the links between child poverty and subjective well-being.

Previously her work has included the largest-scale study of poverty and social exclusion in the UK, collaboration with The Children's Society investigating children's perspectives on their material needs, and international projects with UNICEF and other agencies.

Gill is co-editor of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, and has recently published a co-edited book - Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK.

Mon 16 April

Philosophy Club Meeting - Universal Basic Income 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 1 MayCate Quinn

Death by Chocolate – the Death Café experience with Cate Quinn.

Ever pondered your own death, or that of someone close to you, but not sure what it means or how best to acknowledge it? Not sure what you can or can’t do at a funeral, or what happens behind the scenes at the crematorium?

Then come along to hear about the Death Café movement and experience how it works. You will be able to talk about such things in a friendly environment, with no agenda or promotional activity. Oh, and there might be some cake!

Cate Quinn is a Humanist Wedding and Funeral Celebrant accredited with Humanists UK. She also helps recruit new trainees wanting to become celebrants and has been associated with North Yorkshire Humanists for several years.

Cate also provides freelance garden design and maintenance services and works part time at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough, which supports people with disabilities to achieve their potential.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Wed 23 May

Book Club Meeting - Coming Up for Air by George Orwell. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 5 JuneSoapbox

A Soapbox Evening, following on from our (hopefully brief) AGM.

This is a chance for people to kick-off a short discussions about any topic of their choice. Come along and pose a question, give a point of view, have a rant, get something off your chest ... the floor's yours!

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 3 July

Why does God hate women? with Brian Quinn.

With women getting such a raw deal from religion, why do they put up with God’s mysterious misogyny? And how can we explain His attitude problem? Let's try to show a little understanding, because the answer gives new hope for the world.

Brian Quinn is Chair of North Yorkshire Humanists, lapsed physicist, radical statistician and vegetarian feminist.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

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