Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet in Bournemouth for informative and enjoyable presentations, debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, religion, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social events.

The Big Change in Religion and Belief: How might a humanist respond?

Britain is currently going through what’s been called the biggest change in religion and belief landscape since the Reformation, 500 years ago. But what's really going on? It’s a lot more complex than simply a decline in organised religion and an increase in those who have no religion. Some faith groups are themselves growing. And what do we mean by ‘non-religious’ anyway? Or ‘religious’ for that matter? What might humanists do to play a constructive role in making this great social change work for everyone? Jeremy Rodell (pictured) is Humanists UK’s volunteer Dialogue Officer and a former Trustee.


Saturday, August 11, 2018, 2pm


Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown · Bournemouth, BH9 1TW

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How did Christianity become the religion of the Roman Empire?

A talk by journalist and prize-winning author Catherine Nixey. Christianity’s conquest of the West entailed an orgy of destruction in which the followers of Jesus attacked and suppressed classical culture which helped to pitch Western civilization into a thousand-year-long decline. Just one per cent of Latin literature survived the great purge; countless antiquities, artworks, and ancient traditions were lost forever. As Catherine Nixey will discuss, evidence of early Christians’ campaign of terror has been hiding in plain sight: in the palimpsests and shattered statues proudly displayed in churches and museums the world over. Catherine Nixey taught classics before becoming a journalist at The Times. Her first book, The Darkening Age, won a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award.


Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX


Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 Bourne Free Festival

Could you be one of our Human Rights Champions this year?

You don’t have to be LGB or T to march in Bournemouth’s LGBT rights parade. All you need is a bit of passion in your guts about the way in which LGBT people are still being treated around the world: shunned, arrested, imprisoned, and executed.

Every year for the last few years, a merry band of Dorset Humanists have marched in the parade to draw attention to the human rights struggle for LGBT rights around the world. But we would love to make a bigger impact with more numbers. Could you be a human rights champion this year?

It’s not all doom and gloom however. Bourne Free is a fantastic carnival of diversity supported by dozens of different groups and major employers in Bournemouth. Those who join us are often surprised at how much fun it is to take part.

After the parade, we engage with hundreds of residents and visitors to Bournemouth at our brightly decorated tent in the Lower Gardens. It’s our showcase event of the year when Dorset Humanists is open and visible to the world.

Will you sign up and be part of it this year? Sign-up sheets are at our meetings or RSVP on here. Meet at our tent in the Lower Gardens at 10.00am for a 10.15am departure to the East Cliff starting point. Wear a Dorset Humanists t-shirt (available on request) or a white tee.

Dorset Humanists is a partner of the Dorset LGB&T Equality Network and of Humanists UK LGBT section.

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Is There Anybody Out There?

When: Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm

Where: Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX

Astronomer Bob Mizon MBE FRAS investigates past and future speculation on what is often called the ultimate question in astronomy. Is speculation on extraterrestrial life something that started in the 1950s? How can we search for it? How could we communicate with it if it revealed itself? Could alien beings come to Earth? Or are we simply alone in an unimaginably big universe? To paraphrase Newton, we may be searching the b each for prettier shells and pebbles while the great ocean of truth lies all undiscovered before us.

Bob Mizon is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and co-ordinator of the Commission for Dark Skies which aims to turn back the tide of light pollution that has seriously affected our view of the stars over the last fifty years.

This is Bob’s second talk for Dorset Humanists. His last superb talk was in June 2013 on “Images of the Unimaginable: The Hubble Space Telescope”.


CANCELLED - Short Talks: Is everything really getting worse or should we be optimistic?

When: Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 7:30 pm - NOW Cancelled (at 17th June 2018)!

Why Cancelled?: We regret to announce that our 'Short Talks' on books by Professor Steven Pinker has been cancelled this week. This event was due to take place on Wednesday 20th June at 7.30pm at the Green House Hotel but owing to a mistake in our scheduling the venue is unavailable. We apologise to you for any disappointment or inconvenience caused. We will reschedule the Pinker talks as soon as our programme allows.

Where: Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX

What: David Warden and Phil Butcher will introduce two books by Steven Pinker, the Canadian-American cognitive psychologist.

Phil's talk is based loosely on SP's "The Better Angels of our Nature" and on his TED talk on "The Surprising Decline in Violence" which he gave while preparing the book.

David will talk about "Enlightenment Now" in which SP writes about universal human nature, humanism, the threat from authoritarian populism, religious fundamentalism and radicalism of the left and right, but overall his optimism for the future of humanity.

As usual, we would like to cover the venue costs by requesting a (voluntary) contribution of about £2 or 3 please on the night.

Phil Butcher