Why Humanism Matters
with Andrew Copson
Nov 2nd 2020 @ 7.30pm
We all want to lead a happy life. Traditionally, when in need of guidance, comfort or inspiration, many people turn to religion.
But there has been another way to learn how to live well – the humanist way – and in today’s more secular world, it is more relevant than ever.
In The Little Book of Humanism Alice Roberts and Andrew Copson share over two thousand years of humanist wisdom through an uplifting collection of stories, quotes and meditations on how to live an ethical and fulfilling life, grounded in reason and humanity.
The book quotes everyone from ancient philosophers like Epicurus and Mencius, through to contemporary humanist sources of inspiration such as Frozen, The Good Place actor Kristen Bell, the novelists Zadie Smith and Margaret Atwood, and the playwright and poet Wole Soyinka.
Andrew Copson will be sharing the thinking behind The Little Book of Humanism and talking of the importance of a humanist philosophy and ethics in today’s world.
This event will be online using Zoom. Details published shortly.
We ask for a £3 donation from non-members.
This will be used to cover our costs and 50% of it will be a donation to Humanists UK to enable them to continue their work.
You can donate here using credit/debit card http://bristol.humanist.org.uk/donations/.
Humanism Goes Global
The work of The Humanist Global Charity
December 7th @ 7:30pm
The Humanist Global Charity is a great example of humanism in action. Very often we focus on humanist thought and action in the UK or western countries.
HGC, https://humanistglobal.charity/, has gone several steps further in working with humanists and atheists, mainly in Africa, but also in India, Brazil and the far east, to put humanist ideas into practical action.
Their work ranges from supporting humanist schools in Uganda, through safe houses for former muslims in Nigeria, to supporting humanist orphanages in Kenya…..and much more besides.
Dan Beaton, originally from Bristol, is at the UK end of this American charity’s work, and leads on sex education, critical thinking and nutrition. He will talk about:
– what is HGC?; what are its origins and purposes?
– what activities it is engaged in and why it has a particular focus on Africa
– is there a role for humanist specific charities (when there are many other similar ones that are secular)
– other similar humanist charities in other countries and what links there are there with Humanist International
– what can we as UK Humanists do to support the work
This event will be on Zoom. The meeting link is
with meeting ID 884 4871 6683
Everyone is welcome.
Bristol Humanist members can attend for free. If you are not a Bristol Humanists member we ask for a £3 donation to cover our costs and we share 50% of this with a selected charity. Here is the link to make a donation http://bristol.humanist.org.uk/donations/