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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?

There is no greater pleasure than watching nasty, nasty bastards - particularly the sort of nasty bastards that have the gall to pretend they're really nice and "kind and gentle"- getting their arse handed to them.

This is wonderful. So, so thoroughly deserved- and so beautiful.

15.1% swing from LAB to CON in Leicester East. While there were clearly local issues, it's not inconsistent with the talk we've been hearing about the Indian vote

I was ridiculed for writing this positive piece about Boris Johnson three months ago, from the Left and the Right. I said he was a winner. I was right. He’s the leader we need. https://t.co/j00LTON8wP

The Lib Dems have now lost all three Leave-voting seats which they held in England: Norfolk North, Eastbourne and Carshalton & Wallington. Turns out the "Bollocks to Brexit" message doesn't go down well with Leave voters...

So long as the hard Left remains in charge of the Labour Party, it will lose. But the hard Left will always come up with a reason as to why that’s nowt to do with its policies. From a Tory point of view, that’s glorious. Don’t change — carry on. 🤷‍♂️

I don’t buy the line that this result makes Scottish independence more likely. The case for Scottish independence collapses after we’ve left the EU. https://t.co/wBGXqlaycZ

For over a century, as governments have come and gone, @Humanists_UK has stood at the forefront of positive social change in this country. If you want to help us create a more tolerant society, where rational thinking and kindness prevail – join today! https://t.co/9ilNOIFmmy

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