Watford Area Humanists

Promoting Humanism in South West Hertfordshire

  • 7th October 2015

    Watford Area Humanists is hosting a talk by Alexandra Stein, Ph.D., writer and educator specializing in the social psychology of ideological extremism and other dangerous social relationships. She will cover her time in a cult, her escape, and how she now educates the public on the signs of cult activity and brainwashing techniques used by cults. She has appeared in television documentaries including Channel 5’s recent ‘Trapped In A Cult’.

    Time: 7.00 p.m.
    Date: 20th October 2015
    Venue: Reason Coffee Shop & Bookstore, 116 The Parade, Watford, WD17 1BD.
    Ticket cost: £5.00 (includes tea or coffee and biscuits)
    RSVP: john.dowdle@watford.humanist.org.uk (to plan for numbers attending)

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  • 1st October 2015

    We will meet at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at Reason Coffee Shop and Bookstore to consider Exploring Humanism – a six-week series of learning sessions, examining key aspects of Humanism, looking at:-

    • What do Humanists believe?
    • What are the historical roots of Humanism?
    • Where do Humanists get their moral values from?
    • How do Humanists handle moral dilemmas?
    • What is the meaning and purpose of life for Humanists?
    • What do Humanists do?

    Additionally, we shall consider other local, regional and national activities we – as Humanists – can be involved in.

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  • 30th August 2015

    We are meeting together at 11.00 a.m. next Saturday 5th September at the Reason Coffee Shop & Bookstore, 116 The Parade, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 1BD.

    We will be joined by Alex Williams, who has recently returned to Watford after working for a year teaching English in Jordan.

    Alex will conduct a humanist poetry reading of his latest book – Black Iris – as well as recount some of his experiences in a predominantly Muslim country.

    We will additionally consider the British Humanist Association Annual Review 2015, to gain an assessment as to how Humanism is currently progressing in the UK.

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  • 17th June 2015

    World Humanist Day - 21 June

    These questions – and Other Big Questions for Kids – are the subject of a new book published by Wayland Books.

    The authors – Michael Rosen (writer, broadcaster and Professor of Childen’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London) and Annemarie Young (publisher and writer of story books and non-fiction for children) are supplemented by contributions from well-known humanists such as Stephen Fry, Philip Pullman, Jim Al-Khalili, Shappi Khorsandi, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Natalie Haynes.

    We shall examine this new book, as well as the programme of Humanist Care and the roles of Humanist Celebrants at our next meeting at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 4th July 2015 at Reason Coffee Shop & Bookstore, 116 The Parade, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 1BD.

    We will also explore the possibility of introducing a series of talks, lectures and discussions on the subject of critical thinking skills.

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  • 8th June 2015

    At a meeting held on Saturday 6th June 2015, it was agreed to re-form the Watford Area Humanists group and to re-affiliate to the British Humanist Association as a partner group.

    John Dowdle was elected President, Neal Emery as Secretary and Derek Foster as Treasurer.

    Humanists think for themselves about what is right and wrong, based on reason, experience and respect for others.

    They find meaning, beauty and joy in the one life we have, without the need for an afterlife.

    Humanists look to science instead of religion as the best way to discover and understand the world.

    Humanists believe that people can use empathy and compassion to make the world a better place for everyone.

    Member meetings are held at 11.00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at the Reason Coffee Shop & Bookstore, 116 The Parade; with evening public meetings being held in the same venue from 7.30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

    Details of public meetings and other events can be seen at http://watford.humanist.org.uk.

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