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.

‘One Life’ Course: Exploring Humanism and Atheism

September/October 2016
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX


Course Tutor: Chair of Dorset Humanists, David Warden

The ‘One Life’ Course is a seven week introduction to Humanism and Atheism. This popular and enlightening course is intended for everybody who is interested in Humanism and wishes to discover more about its principles and the activities of Humanists. It's a great opportunity to explore life's big questions from a non-religious perspective, while meeting and interacting with interesting new people in a positive friendly environment.
During the course we’ll discover how Humanism provides a rational, non-religious way of approaching life’s ‘big questions’, and how it offers values that help us to live happy, worthwhile and fulfilled lives.

Session schedule (All sessions: 7.30pm to 9:30pm)

1. An Overview of Humanism [September 5th 2016]

2. Thinking skills – how to avoid biases and intellectual black holes [September 12th 2016]

3. How to achieve a secular society [September 19th 2016]

4. How to live an ethical life [September 26th 2016]

5. How to be happy – the science and psychology of human flourishing [October 3rd 2016]

6. How to build the good society for everyone [October 10th 2016]

7. The future of Humanism [October 17th 2016]

There will be a small charge for this course to help cover venue hire.

Course Cost 
   · £15 initial deposit (£10 for paid up members of Dorset Humanists).
   - Plus £3 per session attended

All sessions 7.30pm – 9.30pm at The Green House Hotel, Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX.

David Warden will be acting as treasurer for the course to simplify course admin, so please make any cheques payable to ‘David Warden’

Some feedback from previous ‘One Life’ courses:
· “An amazing course – it’s been fantastic!”
· “Just what we need to introduce people to Humanism”
· “As a Christian I felt at ease and accepted by those present.”
· “My mind continues to buzz about many issues arising from the course”

DWCourse Tutor: David Warden BA, MA, Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chair of Dorset Humanists, and Honorary Lifetime Member of the British Humanist Association.

For further information, email David Warden at chairman@dorsethumanists.co.uk or phone 07910 886629, or talk to us at one of our meetings.

(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).

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

Our Population Predicament

Our Population Predicament 10 September 2016Saturday 10th September 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Eric Rimmer of ‘Population Matters’

According to the World Wildlife Fund’s ‘Living Planet Report’ 2014, we now consume 50% more resources than the natural world can replace. This problem is exacerbated as we deplete our energy resources and fresh water supplies, and global warming starts to make food production more difficult. Unless we take action now, we could witness major world-wide disruption and suffering. In this thought-provoking presentation Eric Rimmer will provide us with a wealth of information on the crucial issues of the 21st century including overpopulation, overconsumption, food production and water distribution, and explain how a truly sustainable society could be achieved.

Population Matters is a charity concerned with population size, environmental sustainability, family planning, sex education, and women’s empowerment.

Join us at this thought-provoking presentation to discover how we can achieve decent living standards for all, a healthy and biodiverse environment, and a sustainable population size.

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. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

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

August Bulletin


DWWe hope to see you at Norman Maclean's talk on the amazing migratory journeys of birds and other animals on Saturday 13th August. Full details are in the August Bulletin.

Also in this month’s bulletin we bring you reports of Dorset Humanists at Bournemouth’s ‘Bourne Free’ Pride Festival, the British Humanist Association’s AGM, a report on our recent talk on Islam, details about our upcoming evening course on Humanism, and information about many interesting events over the summer.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

David Warden
Chair of Dorset Humanists

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-August-2016.pdf

Is God Required for Morality?

Is God Required for Morality 24 August 2016Wednesday 24th August 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Philosopher and Author Jonathan MS Pearce

While most religious believers agree that atheists are capable of living moral lives, many claim that questions of right and wrong ultimately collapse into relativism and subjectivity without a religious foundation. In this thought-provoking presentation, philosopher Jonathan Pearce will present a wide range of arguments challenging the claim that God is necessary for morality, and he will show that empathy, compassion, reason and science are all that are required to build a sound moral framework. More controversially, he will demonstrate that the theist’s God must himself be a consequentialist, and that Christians place themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to defend biblical genocides as good because they are commanded by God, while condemning secular genocides.

Jonathan Pearce is a Hampshire-based philosopher who has written and edited many books that will be of interest to humanists, including ‘Free Will? and ‘The Little Book of Unholy Questions’, and ‘The Nativity: A Critical Examination’, and ‘Filling The Void: A Selection Of Humanist And Atheist Poetry’. He also writes the popular ‘A Tippling Philosopher’ blog for the Patheos blog network.

“Join us for an entertaining and enlightening evening examining the foundations of our morality

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. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

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