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.

Short Talks: What is the Difference between a Humanist and Quaker?

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

When? Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

What? Few current day Quakers are born into Quakerism. Most find a meeting and stay for a while or a lifetime. Quakerism is a movement that is evolving and changing with no formal dogma, inspired by all faiths and none. This is an opportunity to speak to two local Quakers and learn about what core principles guide their lives and work. Chris Gribble will be joined by Penny Estall to provide a short introduction and facilitate a discussion.

Following Chris and Penny's talk on Quakerism, David Warden will give a short talk on Humanism with a focus on drawing out similarities and differences from the Quaker point of view. After the two talks, we will have what promises to be a fascinating discussion about these two related but different approaches to the big questions of life.

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

Meetup details? https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/253842719/

Influence & Persuasion: How to get other people to agree with you

When? - Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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

What? A talk by Dr Peter Connolly

Peter Connolly will outline two broad strategies for persuading people to accept that what you claim is true. The first is persuasion by evidence-based philosophical argumentation and the second is persuasion by rhetorical argumentation. By the end of the talk, you should be able to make your own arguments more robust and be able to spot the flaws in the persuasive tactics of others.

Peter Connolly has taught Religious Studies, Ethics, Indian Religions, and Psychology of Religion at the University of Chichester and the Open University. His most recent book, Understanding Religious Experience, is due to be published in February 2019.

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/255147331/

Charles Darwin: the many faces of a remarkable man - Saturday, October 13, 2018, 2.00 - 3.50pm

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

What? A talk by Emeritus Professor Norman Maclean. This talk will explore the life of Charles Darwin as an explorer, naturalist, and family man, who went on to change the ways in which people think of themselves and the world in which they live. It will outline his boyhood and early education, his poor performance trying to do medicine at Edinburgh University, his thoughts of training to be a country clergyman at Cambridge before his epic five-year round-the-world trip on the Beagle and his subsequent long deliberation before publishing his revolutionary findings.

Norman Maclean is an Emeritus Professor of Genetics at Southampton University. His latest books are “Silent Summer" and "A Less Green and Pleasant Land".

3.50 pm Members’ Meeting If you are a paid-up member of Dorset Humanists please come back after the refreshment break for a short members’ meeting to sign off our 2017 accounts and also to have your say about this year’s Winter Appeal.

Meetup link: https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/254985246/

Did Jesus Exist? - Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Where? Sandford Heritage Hall, Sandford Road · Sandford, Wareham, BH20 7AJ. (Next to Pine Martin Grange Care Home).

What? "Out of the Box" presents: Did Jesus Exist? A Dialogue between Revd Dr John Ponter and David Warden.

The majority of biblical scholars and historians believe that Jesus existed as a historical man, that he was born in Palestine around the year 4BC and that he died at the hands of the Romans some thirty years later. A small minority of historians and scholars, however, dissent from this consensus. In between, there are many shades of belief with some scholars claiming that there is very little historical information in the gospels whilst others claim they are wholly trustworthy.

David Warden is a sceptic, believing on historical grounds that Jesus is an entirely mythical figure. John Ponter is a sceptic when it comes to relying exclusively on historical methods to settle such a question. He believes that the primary place where Jesus is encountered is not in the Bible nor in historical research. It is in the here and now, in the many-sided aspects of our experience, and our understanding of life as an individual and as a community. David Warden is a retired business trainer and Chairman of Dorset Humanists. He has degrees in theology and management and he is currently studying for a diploma in counselling and psychotherapy. John Ponter was ordained in 1963. He has worked in a range of communities and in various roles in training and education. He has a degree in theology and a doctorate in philosophy.

‘Out of the Box’ is a dialogue group for people who subscribe to different worldviews. We aim to attract an even mix of Christians and Humanists but we welcome people of all faiths and none.

Dorset Humanists Choir Rehersals

The Humanists Choir will meet for ten rehearsals this autumn to prepare to perform a secular ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ concert at The Dorset Humanists mid-winter meeting on Saturday 8th December.

Anyone who would like to try singing is welcome to join us at our weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30, commencing on 1st October.  Rehearsals are held at Iford Baptist Church, 21 Old Bridge Rd, Bournemouth BH6 5RG.

Each rehearsal costs £7.50 to attend or £70.00 for the season.  Concessions are available.


Queries?  contact Simon Whipple  on 01425 674844 or email simon.whipple@hotmail.co.uk.


Claire Atkinson, Choir Mistress