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.

Brexit, the Media, and the Future of Democracy

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Details: https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/250249867/

Jonathan MS Pearce and David Warden


The EU referendum raised profound questions about democracy. Was it a victory for democracy or a travesty? Were the campaigns based on lies, spin, and fake news and, if so, how can we maintain any faith in democracy? Is contemporary journalism on the side of the people or financial interests? Is it time to hand over government to ‘independent experts’?

Jonathan MS Pearce and David Warden voted on opposite sides in the EU referendum but they share a passion for democracy. They will share their reflections on Brexit and then lead an open discussion about the state of our democracy. Jonathan is a blogger, author, teacher, and philosopher. He has written and edited numerous books including 'Not Seeing God: Atheism in the 21st Century' (2017). David is Chair of Dorset Humanists and an Honorary Member of Humanists UK.

Debate: Is theism or atheism the best explanation for everything? and Dorset Humanists Choir?

The Big Debate: Is theism or atheism the best explanation for everything?

Saturday, May 12, 2018
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

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

Details: https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/250249549/

A debate with Greg Atkins and Keith Fox.

Defenders of Christian belief argue that theism is the best explanation for everything and is complementary, but not opposed, to a scientific understanding of the material world. Their opponents argue that theism is unnecessary and irrelevant for explaining the existence and nature of the cosmos, which should be based on science alone, and not involve the supernatural.

Greg Atkins is a member of Dorset Humanists. He was a Professor of Science (Virology) at Trinity College Dublin until he retired and a founder member of the Humanist Association of Ireland. Keith Fox is Associate Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge, and Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Southampton. He is a former trustee and chairman of Christians in Science.

Dorset Humanists Choir?


Dorset Humanists Committee Member Simon Whipple says:
"We plan to start a Dorset Humanist Choir. This year the Choir will meet for eight rehearsals in the autumn before a concert of secular carols in December 2018.  
A potential choirmaster will meet possible members of the choir (to agree on the programme of rehearsals and the types and difficulties of the pieces we will sing) after the Dorset Humanists meeting at 3.30pm on Saturday 12th May 2018."
Location:  Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 1TW

Face to Faith: Christians and Humanists in Conversation

***Please note the change of venue from the one published in our programme***
Wednesday 25th April 7.30pm
Elstead Hotel,  12-14 Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3QP

With David Warden and John Macdiarmid

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David Warden, chair of Dorset Humanists, will be talking with John Macdiamid, pastor of Poole Christian Fellowship about their different worldviews and how they came to hold diametrically opposed conclusions about God and the meaning of life.

John Macdiarmid was brought up a Catholic. He went through a brief phase of being an atheist and then converted to evangelical Christianity as a student. David Warden was an evangelical Christian in his teens and studied theology at university with a view to becoming a priest, but he graduated and left as a confirmed atheist. John and David are friends and have much in common, but on the biggest question of all they remain firmly in opposite camps. Tonight we bring them together with compère Dean Robertson to discuss their respective worldviews in front of a live audience.

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

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***Please note the change of venue from the one published in our programme***

Learning to Live Well Together

Learning to Live Well Together 14 April 2018Saturday 14th April 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Dr Allan Hayes

Taking his title from a recent book on interfaith diversity by Tom Wilson and Riaz Ravat, lifelong humanist Allan Hayes is concerned that, at a time when we need to bring people together, we are instead dividing children by religion, allowing the divisions between science and religion to deepen, and failing to promote a shared understanding of humanity. What can we do about it? In this enlightening presentation Allan will be highlighting some of the ways in which we can all engage constructively with diversity. He will also address how religious education can be reformed and improved.

Former Church of England choirboy Allan Hayes became a lifelong humanist from the age of 14. He has taught maths at Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Purdue University Indiana, and at the University of Leicester. He has served on the boards of the British Humanist Association, the Sea of Faith Network, All Faiths and None, and Leicester Secular Society.

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Please email Chairman@dorsethumanists.co.uk for a PDF copy for you to print and display.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

Reforming Prisons for a Better Society

Prison Reform 28 March 2018Wednesday 28th March 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

A talk by Rob Preece - Campaigns and Communications Manager at the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Overcrowded prisons are a menace to society. As we send more and more people to prison, more and more people are swept into deeper currents of violence, drugs, frustration and mental distress. Incidents of assault and self-injury in prisons have risen to record levels. In 2016, prisoners in England and Wales lost their lives through suicide at a rate of one every three days. If we want prisons to be places of genuine reform, where people leave less likely to commit crime, we must ask ourselves hard questions about how and why we use them – and take steps to improve them.  

Since joining the Howard League in 2012, Rob has worked on some of the charity’s most successful campaigns. They include the award-winning ‘Books For Prisoners’ campaign, which overturned government restrictions on prisoners receiving books from family and friends. A trained journalist, he lobbies decision-makers and gives media interviews and presentations on behalf of the charity.

The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK. 

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Please email Chairman@dorsethumanists.co.uk for a PDF copy for you to print and display.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.