The annual conference was held in Liverpool from 9th-11th June.
Two members of Cornwall Humanists attended the event.
We heard lectures from leaders in various relevant fields including:
Why humanism is the future
The science of the weird $#!%
Staying human in the age of AI
How religion evolved and why it endures
Inequality: the enemy between us
A brief history of religion
We also heard from humanist Steve Bowen, about his success in taking Kent County Council to court for trying to refuse him membership of SACRE.
The Court has now made it clear that there are no barriers to RE being fully inclusive of humanism.
Unless the judgement is overturned on appeal by 23rd June, this is likely to have far reaching consequences.
What is Humanism?
Michael Rosen’s book, aimed at children, was published in 2016 with Annemarie Young. It asks “What is Humanism? How do you live without a god? And Other Big Questions
Check it out on Amazon Books:
if your school would like a free copy, as a gift from Cornwall Humanists
Voltaire Lecture 2019
Adam Rutherford gave the Voltaire Lecture on 24th May 2019.
His lecture was entitled,”How to Argue with a Racist”.
The lecture lasts for about 71 minutes.
With the recent murder of George Floyd in mind, you may wish to find out more.
See and hear the lecture on Youtube.
Above you can see the stall run by Cornwall Humanists at the Cornwall Pride 2018 event.
It was held at Killacourt, Newquay, a grassy area above Towan Beach, on Saturday 25th August. The weather was perfect with sunshine and a gentle breeze, showing off the rainbow costumes to best advantage.
Carrie and Peter ran the stall and had many people coming up close to try to recognise the photographs of well known supporters of Humanist ideas. There were free lapel badges with messages, and the “Good without God” badges were all taken.
Peter and Carrie chatted with many people as they came along and were happy to hear the positive views of Humanism expressed by most visitors to our stall.
The atmosphere was friendly and joyous, with some amazing combinations of rainbow clothing on display.
Well worth attending with our stall next year.
Moving on from Religion
Clive West has started a Facebook group for people who want to move on from a religious view of life.
He says this group was created to support those who have left religious groups or are doubting if following a religion is for them anymore.
You can see the new Facebook Group here.
Cornwall Humanists Member, Mark Preedy,
in discussion with Andy Bannister
Mark Preedy debates with Andy Banister
Congratulations to Cornwall Humanist member Mark Preedy for his excellent, rational thoughts at Creation Fest on 9th August at Wadebridge Show Ground. Andy Bannister was putting a Christian view. He is an experienced speaker, writer, teacher, and full-time Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity. Justin Brierley chaired a discussion in the Showcase Cafe between a Humanist, Mark Preedy, and a Christian, Andy Bannister. The discussion is to be broadcast at 14.30 on Saturday 12th August in the programme “Unblievable” for Premier Christian Radio.
In the public question time Peter Edmead, a member of Cornwall Humanists, asked Andy Bannister if he could supply one piece of evidence for his views. Dr Bannister told us that he could give five pieces of evidence for his Christian beliefs. He spoke about cosmic fine tuning as evidence, and the life of Jesus, but the questioner was not convinced that any evidence in a scientific sense had been supplied. There were seven known Humanists in the audience numbering hundreds. The Humanists were approached afterwards by people trying to convince them of the truth of Christianity.
The discussion was recorded for broadcast on Premier Christian Radio programme “Unbelievable” which goes out at 14.30 on Saturday 12th August. You can listen online or to the podcast https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes
Some members of Cornwall Humanists meet on the second Sunday of each month at the Sonder Cafe, 6 Prince’s St, Truro TR1 2ES.
It is an informal 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.
We usually meet from 11am to 12.30pm.
About the Sonder Cafe
In their own words – taken from the Sonder Cafe website:
“We are not the norm. We are a bar, a cafe, a restaurant, a takeaway, a coffee house, a meeting place and more!!”
Catholic Research Forum Report
Based on findings in Britain in 2015
48.6% of adult Britons now claim to have no religion.
43.0% identify themselves as Christian.
8.4% identify themselves with a non-Christian religion.
You can read the full 20 page report here.
University of Exeter Atheist, Humanist and Secular Society
Two day event in November
Inaugural South West Regional AHS Convention! This is an amazing two-day conference including speakers, comedians, and workshops at Exeter University. From November 14th 10am to the 15th of November, Exeter will host a series of speakers on a variety of topics to help arm the next generation of atheists, humanist, and secular students to take on the world ahead. The theme of our conference is ‘skepticism‘.
Or should they be taught as world religions, —- or history?
Thanks to Jasmine via John Langford for this post.