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Hull and East Riding Humanist Group

A social group for humanists, atheists, secularists, sceptics and agnostics


Welcome to the 2019 website of the Hull and East Riding Humanist Group. Our group provides an opportunity for like-minded people to meet and discuss humanist values, principles and related subjects and to promote an awareness of the philosophy of humanism to the wider public. The past two decades has seen a significant increase in the number of local groups springing up around the country and although the Hull and East Riding group is small in size (about a dozen regular attendees) we think that there is every reason to hope that the number of people adopting a humanist world-view will continue to increase with time. If you are interested in science, philosophy and debating secular ethics, our meetings are definitely for you, it’s free with a voluntary donation of £1 per meeting, why not give it a try? If you would like to ask any questions about humanism or the activities of our group, please email Tim Stephenson, the group secretary (tim.stephenson@herhg.org.uk).

We had our first meeting on 15th September 2008, originally meeting in The Olde White Harte in Hull City Centre, moving to the Friends Meeting House in Bean Street in January 2009, then back to the Olde White Harte in April 2010, then moving to the Tiger Inn in Lairgate Beverley in January 2012 and then moving to the Willerby and Kirkella Parish Institute in January 2019.  We have regular meetings advertised on this website. Between 2010-2012 we also ran a succesfull campaign to have the well-known Scientist, Humanist and Broadcaster Jacob Bronowski recognised with a commemorative blue heritage plaque at his former home in Cottingham. Jacob Bronowski lived and taught in Hull in 1940 and made the TV documentary the Ascent of Man in 1973.

Donations made to the Hull and East Riding Humanist Group using the link above are gratefully received.

What is Humanism?

Humanism is the belief that we can live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves. We take responsibility for our actions and work with others for the common good.Humanism encompasses atheism and agnosticism but is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than these negative responses to religion. The 2011 Census showed a large increase in the number of people in our region stating explicitly that they had no religion (25% of the population).

How do we know what is true?

What should we think about death?

What makes something right or wrong?

How can I be happy?

@bengoldacre I remember the contgency planning- “for the purposes of enumeration of casualties a head counts as one’ and the helpful advice to get perfume from chemist shops to help deal with the smell.

When I do work conference video calls from home there's a victorian stuffed duck, a 1970s mannequin head and a pile of towels in the background. It's like I'm trying to brand myself as a serial killer.

“They have been deeply painful to many readers."

No sane Homo sapiens would feel “deep pain” from knowing of the existence of Laura Ingalls Wilder. These sorts of paroxysms need to stop being tolerated as evidence, much less as indictments.

Our only state school choice was local free school locals fought to get, them it was taken over by a Christian group. We were in it’s catchment area. It was not our first or second choice. Can we please discuss state funded faith schools @UKLabour?

For anyone calling @JustinTrudeau 'racist' for occasionally darkening his face, please look at his latest Twitter avi and realise how foolish you are being. There he is, in jovial conversation with a black man. Now please stop all this nonsense.


🔘 #SchoolChoice yields many individual and societal benefits, especially for disadvantaged students.

🔘 Empowering parents increases parental involvement and accountability.

🔘 Education policies should be informed by goldstandard research.



UK Government needs to bring greater clarity to this issue – not risk leaving schools hung out to dry and teachers harassed and intimidated by religious fundamentalists. https://t.co/iOlVzzA0W8

Harvard panel honoring Jim McCarthy on oceans & climate change: “There’s a dangerous arrogance to hopelessness...Total hopelessness assumes that we know everything there is to know.…When we think we know everything, we preclude opportunity.” https://t.co/beyyoArBaI via @Harvard

Are you an excellent listener? If so, you can help vulnerable people in hospitals, hospices, and prisons by becoming an accredited non-religious pastoral carer. Join the @NRPSN. Attend this training session in Belfast between 9-10 November. Email info@nrpsn.org.uk for more info.

"I take issue with the dominant psychological and scientific narratives that explain stress, disengagement, and discontent as a failure of individuals to take personal responsibility for their own self-care, social welfare and wellness." https://t.co/iXMbwbfxOP

On #JulianAssange’s “history of absconding”:
1. Whenever someone seeks protection from torture or persecution in a different jurisdiction, the persecutor calls it “absconding”.
2. International law calls it “asylum seeking”.


“I have ordered the law and human rights minister to convey this decision to parliament, to delay the confirmation of the criminal code bill,” the president said

Nod to the @NatSecSoc for the link


Two drumkits, plus singing and humming, nothing more. I had to miss @RattleandRattle in Oxford last weekend, god they're so good. Listen:

@Diplomat655 @churchofengland @Humanists_UK @RECouncil We are the only country in the world where there is a law requiring all schools to hold a daily act of collective worship of a broadly Christian character. Yet most kids are from non-religious families, and others from a variety of faith backgrounds. How can that be justified?

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