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Dorset Humanists welcomes atheists, agnostics, sceptics, secularists and all who question organised religion. Join us to live without religion, using reason, evidence, science and ethical behaviour. See 'About Us' and 'About Humanism'. Receive the free monthly pdf Dorset Humanists Bulletin/Newsletter. A partner of British Humanist Association.

‘One Life’ Course: Exploring Humanism and Atheism

October/November 2014. All sessions: 7.30pm to 9:30pm
The Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

LogoBHA2012.1The ‘One Life’ Course: A six week introduction to Humanism and Atheism (Course Tutor: Chair of Dorset Humanists, David Warden)

This popular and enlightening course is intended for everybody who is interested in Humanism and wishes to discover more about its principles and the activities of Humanists. It's a great opportunity to explore life's big questions from a non-religious perspective, while meeting and interacting with interesting new people in a positive friendly environment.

During the course we’ll discover how Humanism provides a rational, non-religious way of approaching life’s ‘big questions’, and how it offers values that help us to live happy, worthwhile and fulfilled lives.

Session schedule:

   1. Humanist Beliefs and History: Tuesday October 7th 2014

   2. The God Debate: Monday October 13th 2014

   3. Secularism and Religious Privilege: Tuesday October 21st 2014

   4. Ethics & Morality without Religion: Tuesday Nov 4th 2014

   5. Prospects for Happiness: Tuesday November 11th 2014

   6. Possibilities for a Good Society Tuesday November 18th 2014

   (No meeting on 28th October due to half-term break).

There will be a small charge for this course to help cover venue hire. All sessions 7.30pm – 9.30pm at The Green House Hotel, Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX.

Total Course cost (The total course cost is the same regardless of how many sessions you choose to attend)

   · £15 for non-members, or £12 for members of Dorset Humanists.

   · Early booking discount: £2 off members’ and non-members’ prices if booked before 15th Sept.

   · Flat rate of £5 for students (whenever booked).

Please make cheques payable to ‘Dorset Humanists’, or contact us for BACS payment details.

Please book early to avoid disappointment due to a limited number of places

Some feedback from previous ‘One Life’ courses:

· “An amazing course – it’s been fantastic!”

· “Just what we need to introduce people to Humanism”

· “As a Christian I felt at ease and accepted by those present.”

· “My mind continues to buzz about many issues arising from the course”

clip_image002[2]Course Tutor: David Warden BA, MA, Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chair of Dorset Humanists.

For further information, email David Warden at or phone 07910 886629, or talk to us at one of our meetings.

(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).

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

September Bulletin

DWThe recent World Humanist Congress in Oxford was a stunning success – please look inside this month’s Bulletin for our report and pictures.

Humanists are sometimes accused of being too human-centred. Our next talk by Emeritus Professor Norman Mclean, who is also Chair of South Hants Humanists, will help us to explore the philosophy and practicalities of animal rights.

As we approach the next election, Humanists should be concerned about the basic requirements needed to live a fulfilled and decent life. Housing is one such requirement yet in the UK today 600,000 people are homeless even though 740,000 residential properties stand empty. Please come along to our evening talk this month by Jude Todd who’s been on the frontline of this social problem.

Also in this month’s bulletin, we outline details of the forthcoming launch of Bournemouth Sunday Assembly on Sunday 28th September.

Finally, a quick reminder about our One Life course in Humanism and Atheism, which starts in October. We still have a limited numbers of places available and there’s a discount for anyone booking before 15th September!

For full details of all our events and news see inside the Bulletin. We hope to see you soon.

Best wishes,
David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

New Forest Nightstop

New Forest Nightstop 24 September 2014Wednesday 24th September 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With New Forest Nightstop Coordinator, Jude Todd

At the age of sixteen, Jude Todd was sleeping on the streets or in derelict buildings. She suffered considerable personal abuse, was exposed to drink and drugs, and rummaged in bins or begged to get food. In this talk, she will be sharing her personal story of surviving two years of homelessness, and explain how this led her to create New Forest Nightstop which offers safe, free emergency accommodation to homeless young people. One of the most surprising aspects of this inspirational charity’s service is that volunteer families allow the homeless to stay with them in their own homes. Welcoming families, along with suitable advice and support, help ensure vulnerable young people in difficulty are able to recapture their potential and avoid falling into the downward spiral of long term homelessness. The support given by Nightstop not only raises young people's self-esteem but their chances for employment, training, health and housing are also much improved. Join us for an informative introduction to this charity’s vital work, interspersed with a selection of uplifting stories about those who’ve been helped by the charity.

“Join us to hear Jude’s personal story of life on the streets, and learn how an inspirational local charity is tackling youth homelessness”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

[Dorset Humanists’ Winter Appeal 2013/2014 raised £1727 which was split equally between the charities Refuge and New Forest Nightstop. Refuge provides a range of support services for women and children escaping domestic violence, and New Forest Nightstop offers emergency overnight accommodation for homeless 16-24 year olds].

(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 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) for a PDF.

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

August Bulletin

DWSome of you will be going to the World Humanist Congress in Oxford this coming weekend. 1,000 delegates from across the globe will be attending this exciting and prestigious event which is being hosted by the British Humanist Association. If you're not going don't forget to follow on-line and we'll bring you more news next month.

Meanwhile, we hope to see you on Thursday 14th August at our popular YouTube evening. This will also be an opportunity to meet our Indian friend Swami Manavatavadi who runs a small secular humanist school in Northern India. If you have an unwanted laptop that you would like to donate to his school please contact me by 14th August.

If you were unlucky enough to miss Peter Tatchell’s excellent recent talk for us, you can read an edited transcript of the talk in this month's Bulletin or watch the YouTube recording.

Sunday Assemblies, also known as ‘Atheist Churches’ are due to launch in Bournemouth very soon. Sunday Assembly was founded in London in January 2013 by comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans as “all the best bits of church but without the religion, and with awesome pop songs”. There are now Sunday Assemblies across the world, and Bournemouth will be one of around 100 more towns and cities officially launching their assemblies on 28th September 2014. Before the big launch, our local organisers are meeting fortnightly to build a team and gather like-minded people who want to help out, or just join the fun. The next fortnightly meeting will be at 10am on Sunday 17th August at Flirt Cafe in Bournemouth Triangle. Everyone welcome!

Finally, please support the British Humanist Association's campaign to persuade the government to allow Humanist celebrants to conduct legal Humanist marriages. It will be many years before we have another opportunity like this again, so it’s important that we work together and ensure the government receives a clear message that we want Humanist marriages legalised. Please follow this link for some easy actions you can take to help.

Many thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.
For full details of all our events and news please see the Bulletin.

David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists