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.

February Bulletin

We're looking forward to our Darwin Day celebration on 11th February with our distinguished guest philosopher Julian Baggini. Full details are inside this month’s Bulletin.

If you're not yet a member of Dorset Humanists but you share our aims and values, we welcome you to join us for just £15 a year. Click here to join and follow the simple instructions, or see a committee member at one of our meetings.

There are just a few weeks left for additional donations to our Jane Bannister Winter Appeal. If you've already contributed, thank you so much for your generosity. All contributions will help improve the lives of bereaved children and homeless people in Bournemouth. 

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-February-2017.pdf

David Warden
Chair of Dorset Humanists

Religion in Schools?

Religion in Schools 22 February 2017Wednesday 22nd February 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

Whether religion has any place in schools is a controversial question engendering strong feelings both from those who see it as a good thing and those who do not.

For this evening’s event, we have assembled a panel of current and former school workers with a vested interest in this topic to present us with their differing views on the various forms of religious involvement in schools. Our panel members will be Hilary Bond who is a Schools and Children's worker for the Parish of Wareham, Cathy Silman who is a retired teacher and current member of Dorset Humanists Education Group, and Dave Pegg who is a Christian schools worker. Together they will discuss the controversial and contested domains of religious education, worship in schools, and faith schools.

Is there scope for Humanists, Christians, and people of other faiths to find common ground on the place of religion in our children’s education? Come along and join this lively discussion.

“Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the place of religion in our children’s education

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.

January Bulletin

DW 2015As the largely unexpected Brexit and Trump votes continue to reverberate, our 2017 programme gets off to a flying start with Arif Ahmed's talk on the controversial philosophy of Libertarianism. Details are inside this month’s Bulletin. Also this month, you will have the opportunity to hear Ruth Haydock’s moving story about growing up in Northern Ireland and Burkino Faso with missionary parents and how she eventually broke free from fundamentalist religion.

This month’s bulletin is packed with information and reports of our recent and forthcoming activities, as well as some other local events of interest. Our Darwin Day celebration with our distinguished guest speaker Julian Baggini at the BIC is nearly here, and don’t forget there’s still time to donate to our Jane Bannister Winter Appeal. We are raising money for two very worthwhile local charities so please give what you can.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-January-2017.pdf

We hope to see you again very soon.
David Warden
Chair of Dorset Humanists

Science Without Pedestals

Science Without Pedestals 11 February 2017Saturday 11th February 12.00pm/2.00pm 
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

A Darwin Day Celebration with Philosopher Julian Baggini

Celebrate Darwin Day in style with a delicious three course buffet lunch in Bournemouth International Centre’s (BIC) Purbeck Lounge, followed by a fascinating talk from our special guest Julian Baggini.

Humanists and free-thinkers rightly celebrate the many achievements of science, however some go too far in their admiration, and make science the model for all reason. Julian will argue that the scientific method cannot provide the template for reason, partly because there is no such thing as the scientific method, and most importantly, science cannot be the source of ethics nor can it debunk it. By challenging the pretensions of those who elevate science too high, we can better appreciate it for what it really is and more fully understand what it means to value reason and rationality.

Please note that entry to this event requires you to have a ticket. For booking information, see below.

Julian Baggini is a philosopher, journalist, author, and editor and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. His books include: The Edge of Reason, Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, and The Pig That Wants to be Eaten.

 

 

Booking Information

Italian buffet lunch and presentation (12:00pm start): £25 per person

Presentation only (2:00pm start): £3 per person (inc tea/coffee)

For tickets, please see Lyn Glass at one of our meetings, or phone 01202 767323, or email lyn.glass@btinternet.com

(Please book lunches by 30th January at the latest).

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.