Coming soon

Family & Friends Quiz and Social

Monday, July 20, 2020

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM GMT+1

Invite your friends and family to form a ‘winning’ team of up to six and test your knowledge in a range of general knowledge rounds with some interesting humanist facts thrown in! All welcome. This is a virtual quiz using Zoom, so your team members don’t even need to be in the same space – why not get you friends or family from across the country….or the world…. to join in?!

All they will need is an up to date computer/laptop with camera/microphone/speakers

And there is a prize of two reserved tickets for the Bristol Darwin Day lecture next February – with Angela Saini, award winning science journalist, author and broadcaster who will be addressing issues raised in her book Superior: The Return of Race Science.

Please send in the name of your team captain, team name and names of team members to bristolhumanists@gmail.com. We will then send you the Zoom link to share with your team. And don’t worry if you haven’t got a full team – please enter anyway and we’ll find you a team to join on the night!

There will be a voluntary donation of £2 per person, proceeds will be shared between Bristol Humanists and local young homeless charity 16-25 Independent People.

The zoom link for participation will be posted here closer to the time.

 

Atheism 2.0 – Religion for Atheists

Monday August 3, 2020

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM GMT+1

In an increasingly secular world, where does one turn for guidance, morality and consolation? How can we be reminded of the profound ideas provided by the likes of Shakespeare, Plato and Jane Austen without the repetition of sermons? How can humanists, atheists and agnostics deliver powerful messages without the brand identify of institutional organised religion?

In this month’s virtual meeting we’ll be watching Alain de Botton’s talk “Atheism 2.0” which looks at what atheists can learn from religion in order to better convey secular ideas and satisfy our human need for guidance, ritual and transcendence.

The Boston Globe said of his ideas “The eminently quotable de Botton holds forth on the deliberately provocative premise that ancient traditions can solve modern problems. . . . The premise he is testing is a worthy one: The secular world worships consumerism, optimism, and perfection to its doom, and would do well to make room for a little humility, community, and contemplation instead.”

This will be followed by an opportunity for discussion in small groups.

This is an online event using Zoom. The zoom link for participation will be posted here closer to the time.