Category Archives: Cornwall Humanists

Cornish group affiliated to the British Humanist Association (BHA)

Farewell to Peter Edmead

Farewell to Peter and Barbara

The photograph above shows a group of friends of Peter and Barbara Edmead at their home near Nancegollan. The friends met on 26th August to wish Peter and Barbara well as they move  to a smaller home near Weymouth.  Peter has been a very active member of Cornwall Humanists and has worked regularly as a hospital volunteer. He visits people who are in hospital, to talk with them, adding to the religious pastoral service, for the growing number of people who do not hold a religious belief.

We hope that you both enjoy your new home, and do keep in touch!

Richy Thompson talk in September

Richy Thompson, Director of Public Affairs and Policy for Humanists UK will come to speak to the Cornwall Humanists Group on Tuesday 18th September.

The talk will be in the Fal Building of Truro College, starting at 7.30pm – everyone welcome!

Richy Thompson is Humanists UK’s Campaigns Manager and works on issues from across Humanists UK’s public policy remit. From May 2011 to February 2015 he was the Faith Schools and Education Campaigns Officer, and before that he was the President of the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies. Richy is a member of the advisory group of the Sex Education Forum, on the steering groups of Voice for Choice, the Accord Coalition for inclusive education and the Fair Admissions Campaign, and a representative of Humanists UK at the Religious Education Council for England and Wales.

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Meetings at the Sonder Cafe Truro – Changed

Instead of the usual meeting at The Sonder Cafe there  will be an informal meeting on Sunday 12th August 11am to 12.30 meet for coffee / drink in the upstairs room of the Lounge, (Princes Street – directly opposite Sonder) Informal chat & discussion – all welcome. Stay on for lunch if you wish. (cheap, all day parking in the multi storey car park behind M & S)

Monthly Meetings on the Second Sunday – Not in the Sonder Cafe for  August or September 2018.

Some of the group meeting in April 2018

There is an informal monthly meeting run by Cornwall Humanists for discussions.
If you are non religious but believe in an ethical lifestyle, and would like to find out more, do join us for coffee or a beer, or even stay on for lunch.
We usually meet from 11am to 12.30pm.

You can find the Sonder Cafe at 6 Prince’s St, Truro TR1 2ES

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Meeting Cornwall Humanists

On 3rd September 2015 the West Briton newspaper published an article entitled,
“Meet the Cornwall Humanists”
Photography student Chris Smith interviewed and photographed members of the Cornwall Humanists for a university project.
Read the full article on the West Briton website here, or without adverts, below the photographs on this page.

Meet the Cornwall Humanists
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Humanism a Religion?

John Langford

John Langford added this to Cornwall Humanists’  Facebook page on 1st December.

In a landmark decision last week, a federal judge in Oregon declared ‘secular humanism’ to be a religion, opining that those who profess to be atheists and secular humanists should be afforded equal protection rights under the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution and be allowed to enjoy the same liberties to practice religion that religious groups are able to enjoy.

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Remembrance Day

John LangfordREMEMBRANCE DAY – another perspective

This is the basis of an address I gave at a public meeting, hosted by the Penzance branch of the Society of Friends, at St John’s Hall, Penzance, on 11th November. It was severely cut back to fit into the five minutes allocated.

Before I start I must point out that I speak as a Humanist – not for Humanists.
And you will see I wear a red poppy out of respect for the past – a white poppy in of hope for the future.

In Australia, on the 25th April, they commemorate ANZAC day, The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps., suffered a tremendous loss of life in Gallipoli during the 1st WW. Eric Bogle, a Scotsman, who has spent most of his life in Australia, wrote a song called ‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda’. I challenge you to find it, listen to it, shed a tear, and reflect on the tragedy of war.

Tomorrow there will be a parade to the cenotaph. Men marching in uniform with all the pomp and ceremony they can muster. The atmosphere will be charged with ‘proud patriotism’. I find that inappropriate. Pride and Patriotism are two words that I have difficulty with. According to Aesop, I was brought up on Aesop, “Pride comes before a fall”. Continue reading