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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?

SCOTUS is about to hear oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Dept of Revenue, another chance for the Court to critically undermine the Establishment Clause and funnel tax payer money to religious private schools. Here's what we think: https://t.co/pgYtLqpFpD

I’m with Chris Wakefield @ArchaeoOutreach today - archaeologist at the incredible @MustFarm Bronze Age site and in charge of outreach - let me know if you have any questions for him! #BritainsPompeii



"Nobody would dream of setting up a hospital that catered only to Christians, Muslims, Jews or Hindus, or introducing faith-based carriages on trains. Yet the state education system is being used to divide children up according to faith." @RSylvesterTimes https://t.co/GNoOAdRj3v

Well done to @cajardineMP raising a point of order on which Govt department should host an inquiry into @dignityindying and flagging her Westminster Hall debate tmrw. The Speaker acknowledged the frustration on this issue and encouraged Christine to press further.

For the Spectator USA (@SpectatorUSA) ‘Cancelled’ edition I have fleshed out my response to cancel culture: ‘Defend your friends’. https://t.co/8uFHjTepiX

Because XR's actions are not peaceful protest.

And the anti-fracking campaigns aren't peaceful protests either.

Both deliberately cause obstruction, and both are notable for wilful criminal damage.

Words don't mean anything to you. https://t.co/qcdHxNdeZB

The word ‘innovation’ is invoked with alarming frequency by companies trying to sound up to date but with little or no systematic idea about how it occurs. https://t.co/xGeEcfPshu

Great to meet up with Sam Fitzsimmons of the Integrated Education Fund @IEFNI to discuss our campaigns to ensure children of all belief backgrounds in NI – and beyond – are educated together, not apart. The financial and social cost of segregation is too great!

Chris Wakefield wanted to challenge preconceptions about archaeology on social media with his #MustFarm outreach https://t.co/aORsMHa9bG #DigitalComm @UOBengage

Mimas in front of Saturn—a view composed of image data captured by #Cassini in infrared, green, and ultraviolet wavelengths on January 20, 2006 from a distance of about 1.43 million km from Mimas.

Now Chris Wakefield @ArchaeoOutreach is talking to us @unibirmingham about #MustFarm #DigitalComm @UOBengage workshop - as seen on BBC4 last night: https://t.co/9qGGa0HBVC #BritainsPompeii - Let me know if you have any questions for him!


.@peterpomeranzev's new book documents how we increasingly live in a virtual world governed neither by borders nor law or reason: https://t.co/4GLDmgwuss

My comment about refugees was prompted by reading an interview with the wonderful and much-missed Judith Kerr (linked earlier). She cherished her British citizenship and wouldn't think of diluting it post-Brexit. She loved Britain because it had shown her its best side.

Mental health is one of the biggest issues in prisons. From Maghaberry in NI and across the UK, our work providing non-religious pastoral care is vitally important, and we know it helps prisoners' #mentalhealth https://t.co/GbfWKxo1XV

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