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Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists welcomes atheists, agnostics, sceptics, secularists and all who question organised religion. Join us to live without religion, using reason, evidence, science and (hopefully!) ethical behaviour. See 'About Us' and 'About Humanism'. Receive the free monthly pdf Dorset Humanists Bulletin/Newsletter. Dorset Humanists are a British Humanist Association Partner and a National Secular Society Affiliate.

The Difference that Darwin has Made

Difference that Darwin has Made 12th February 2015Thursday 12th February 5.30pm 
Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3NS

A Darwin Day Celebration with Professor A. C. Grayling

Join us for a Darwin Day celebration with renowned humanist philosopher A.C.Grayling. Professor Grayling will be explaining how Darwin’s theory of evolution represented a new paradigm in human history, radically changing our understanding of our place in the universe, and that Darwin’s discoveries continue to have a huge impact on our lives due to their ongoing influence on a multitude of scientific disciplines. His talk will be followed by light refreshments. Please note that you will need a ticket to attend this event, and availability is limited.

Booking Information and Ticket Prices

Advanced Booking: Members: £2 per person; Non-members: £4 per person; On the door (if any seats are still available): £5 per person. To check ticket availability and/or purchase tickets please contact Lyn Glass on 01202 558763, or email lyn.glass@btinternet.com.

A C Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are "The Good Book", "Ideas That Matter", "Liberty in the Age of Terror" and "To Set Prometheus Free". He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Index on Censorship and New Statesman, and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service. In addition he sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society. He is a past chairman of June Fourth, a human rights group concerned with China, and is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council for the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, the Patron of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association, a patron of Dignity in Dying, and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. Anthony Grayling was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world. His latest books are "The God Argument" (March 2013) and "Friendship" (September 2013).    Anthony Grayling's new book, "The Challenge of Things" will be published in March 2015.

Please 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.

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http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

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

Escaping from Mormonism

Escaping from Mormonism 28 January 2015Wednesday 28th January 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With former Mormon, Ben Taylor

Founded in the 1820s by Joseph Smith, a gifted opportunist with a talent for creating self-serving revelations, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka ‘the Mormons’) demands strict obedience from its adherents, and controls almost every aspect of their daily lives.

Ben Taylor will be sharing his personal experiences of being raised as a devout believer in this secretive cult, revealing how he spent most of his adolescence being routinely questioned about his ‘sexual purity’ by bishops, parents and peers. He was also obliged to knock on countless doors with Mormon missionaries, tithe at least ten per cent of his income to the church, and shun ‘apostates’. At the age of nineteen he greatly expanded his horizons by joining the army, with his military duties having included the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and a tour of Afghanistan.

Ben Taylor reveals the harsh realities of growing up inside the Mormon church”

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/

We’d really appreciate it if you can 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

DWOur Jane Bannister Winter Appeal raised more than £1550 - a wonderful result! Thank you so much for your generous contributions to these worthwhile charities (full details inside this month's bulletin).

We've got two great meetings coming up in January - Greg Claeys on humanism and politics, and a highly personal account of leaving Mormonism from Ben Taylor. I hope you will be able to join us.

Also, don't forget to support Holocaust Memorial Day at the Lighthouse. Details inside. Dorset Humanists have a regular slot at this event.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-January-2015.pdf

We wish you a happy and prosperous 2015.
David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

********* Bulletin Correction *********

Please note that the venue for January’s Sunday Assembly was changed after the bulletin went to press. The Assembly will now be held at 11:00am at Rooper Hall, 5 Victoria Park Road, Bournemouth BH9 2RB. Coffee and biscuits from 10.30am.

Event Programme Update

DH Event Programme Oct 2014 - Feb 2015Dorset Humanists’ latest events programme is now available for download. It’s an extension of the previous issue and now covers the period to the end of February 2015. As always, it includes stimulating presentations and discussions with a great line-up of guest speakers, and we’ll have a further update for you in the New Year.

Everyone is welcome to attend our public events whether they are a member or not, so if you enjoy discussing some or all of these topics with like-minded people please come along. Our members and visitors are people with lively minds who want to learn, explore, discuss and debate, while ensuring our society is guided by sound values based on reason, evidence and compassion. We hope finding a group such as ours will also be a source of great friendship and fun!

If you like what we do, and share our aims and values, please consider our optional annual membership, which helps financially support our group and enables you to participate in determining future group activities, vote on constitutional issues, and elect committee members.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/Programme%20Oct%20-%20Feb%202015.pdf

December Bulletin

DWWe're just a few days away from the donor matching deadline for our Jane Bannister Winter Appeal, so if you are considering making a donation please contact us quickly! Full details are inside this month's Bulletin. We are again supporting two excellent charities - New Forest Nightstop and Refuge - so anything you can give this festive season will be hugely appreciated. Dorset Humanists is now a registered charity so we can also claim back tax if you complete a Gift Aid form. Full details from our treasurer Simon Whitlock (He can also be contacted via the ‘Contact Dorset Humanists’ section in the right hand column of this website).

Inside you'll also find some fascinating views on Christmas - including a Christian acknowledgement that Christians adapted Christmas from the pagans’ festivals, rather than vice versa as some have tried to claim.

We hope to see you on Saturday 13th December for mince pies and mulled wine at our last meeting before Christmas and we wish you a happy, safe and peaceful festive season.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-December-2014.pdf

David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

Humanism, Politics and our Future

Humaism, Politics & Our Future 10th January 2015Saturday 10th January 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Professor of the History of Political Thought Greg Claeys

Are you fed up with bankers’ bonuses, corporate giants evading tax, unaffordable housing, and incompetent government? In preparation for the May 2015 general election, Greg Claeys will be considering the policies of our political parties and how well they correspond with our secular humanist tradition of working for a better world.

Greg has extensively researched and written about the development of modern political thought, including an in-depth exploration of mankind’s various attempts to envision an ideal society, and will be drawing inspiration from reformers such as socialist Robert Owen, human rights pioneer Thomas Paine, and libertarian John Stuart Mill.

Greg is Professor of the History of Political Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London and is a popular speaker on both humanist themes and politics.

“Join us for a thought-provoking analysis of how likely our political parties are to fulfil our humanist aspirations”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

Please 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.

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/

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

David Warden to Present ‘The Science of Happiness’ for Sunday Assembly

Sunday 30th November  11.00am – 12.30pm
The Brunswick Pub**, 199 Malmesbury Park Road, Bournemouth BH8 8PX

We’re pleased to announce that Chair of Dorset Humanists David Warden will be the guest speaker for Sunday Assembly Bournemouth’s November Assembly. David will be presenting a condensed version of his very popular talk on ‘The Science of Happiness’ as part of the event’s theme of "How to live a Happier Life”. David has previously spoken on this subject at events for both Dorset Humanists and West Dorset Humanists, and he also incorporated an expanded exploration of the topic into Dorset Humanists’ well-received ‘One Life’ course on Humanism and atheism.

If you have you ever wondered what makes some people happier than others, and whether it Is it possible to attain greater happiness in life and sustain it without dramatically changing our personal circumstances, we expect you’ll be both surprised and inspired by what David reveals in his talk, so put away your copy of ‘the Secret’, turn off the chat show ‘self-help gurus’ and discover the real science of happiness at Sunday Assembly Bournemouth’s next meeting! The group are continuing to collect more food for a local food bank, so, if you plan to attend and are in a position to do so, please take along any long-life dried or tinned food you can spare, and they’ll make sure it gets to families and individuals who need our help.

Sunday Assembly Bournemouth launched in September 2014, becoming one of more than 60 similar groups worldwide in a rapidly growing non-religious community of people united by a desire to improve their lives, support their local communities and celebrate the wonder of life. The format they’ve adopted for their monthly ‘Assemblies’ is to take “all the best bits of church but without the religion”, and what this means in practice is that at each Assembly they explore a positive life-enhancing theme with a mix of inspiring readings, guest presentations and uplifting sing-along pop songs. So far the group has proved popular with local humanists, atheists,and agnostics but it remains to be seen whether they can also achieve their aim of attracting folks of a more religious persuasion too.

For more details on Sunday Assembly Bournemouth and this event, please visit their website here: http://bournemouth.sundayassembly.com/how-to-live-a-happier-life/

**  Please note: A small number of flyers for this event were distributed at a previous Dorset Humanists meeting with the wrong venue printed on them. November’s Sunday Assembly will definitely be at the Brunswick in Charminster, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused