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  • 16th November 2016


    John Dowdle, President of Watford Area Humanists, about to lay a remembrance wreath on behalf of all humanists and non-religionists at the Watford Peace Memorial on Sunday 13 November 2016.

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  • 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

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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 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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  • 16th May 2015

    Spring Holiday Monday 25th May 2015

    Multi-Cultural Community Centre,
    St Michael and All Angels’ Church and Littlebury Hall
    70 Durban Road West,
    WD18 7DS

    The Sacred Space is a quiet room where people of different faiths and none can come together to discuss a topic of interest together or demonstrate something of their faith and worship.

    The discussion session is from 1.00 – 2.30 pm and will be facilitated by Yogesh Joshi and Mohammed Rafiuddin.

    John Dowdle will participate in the discussion on behalf of Watford Area Humanists.

    Supportive humanists and secularists are asked to attend the discussion session and participate.

    Note: parking controls will apply in the area on the day.

    Map of venue location is at https://www.google.com/maps/place/Multi-Cultural+Community+Centre/@51.65498,-0.408455,13z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xf49ab3aae8209071?hl=en


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  • 24th April 2015

    What are Professional Ethics?

    John Dowdle President

    John Dowdle FRSA

    At a time when British senior politicians have recently had to step down after being exposed by undercover journalists, and a group of former teachers and school administrators in Atlanta, Georgia have been jailed for up to seven years for their involvement in a test cheating scandal, is this not a timely moment to ask the question “What are Professional Ethics”?

    In his talk, John will be asking – and hopefully answering! – a number of key questions:-

    • What do we mean by “ethics”; and
    • What are “professional ethics”?

    John will consider case studies including the Engineering Council, General Pharmaceutical Council and the American Ethical Union. What can we learn from these bodies and is there a case for establishing a quasi-professional ethical watchdog in the UK?

    After the talk, there is a discussion session, in which all participate and contribute towards.

    John Dowdle is a Member of the Conway Hall Ethical Society, Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Life Member of the British Humanist Association and Life Member of the National Secular Society. John is also President of Watford Area Humanists.

    As a former politics and business studies’ lecturer, John is particularly interested in investigating the role that professional ethics can play in achieving a truly humane society – and how we can all contribute towards them.

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