Future Meetings

Fake News and Post-Truth

Date:       Monday 17th April 2017, 7.30pm 
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

In the final war of the Roman Republic Octavian used a campaign of disinformation to aid his victory over Marc Anthony, later changing his name to Augustus and dispatching a flattering and youthful image of himself throughout the Empire, continuing to use the image in to his old age. Political propaganda and spreading untruths is nothing new but the internet has greatly increased the ability of unscrupulous media sources to spread lies and untruths. On the 28th anniversary of the creation of the world web web its inventor, Humanist Tim Berners-Lee has written an open letter suggesting that there should be a “crack down” on fake news sites on the internet which he says damages democracy and a political campaign for regulation of the internet. Others will be concerned that increasing media regulation will itself stifle democracy and free speech and end the openness of the web. Who decides what is and is not “fake news”?

Our April 2017 meeting will be a discussion of Fake News and Post-Truth led by our chair, John Hawkins. All welcome.

There will be no meeting at the Tiger Inn on 15th May 2017 because of the closure for refurbishment
. (A meeting of the executive committee will be taking place instead at an alternative location)
The AGM is being moved to July.

Chaplaincy Services in Hull and East Riding Hospitals

Date:       Monday 19th June 2017, 7.30pm 
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our June meeting will be a talk by Reverend Adrian Klos, Senior Chaplain at Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust about hospital chaplaincy services, the role they play in an increasingly non-religious society and what services are available for Humanists.

Adrian Klos is the Head of Chaplaincy Services at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.  Originally working as a bricklayer he began training for ordination as Baptist minister in 1993 during which time he served alongside communities in Manchester, Chicago and Arequipa.   Adrian’s ministry is inclusive and person centred which has led him to engage in dialogue with various belief groups to provide the broadest support base for those drawing on chaplaincy care in Hull.  It is chaplaincy support and how to engage with belief groups around the city that will form the basis of the discussion this evening.  Headings to be explored will include: what is chaplaincy; who can deliver chaplaincy support; why does the NHS provide chaplaincy care; what does a chaplain’s role include; what is benefit of volunteers in chaplaincy care; who requests chaplaincy support?

Annual General Meeting and Open Discussion

Date:       Monday 17th July 2017, 7.30pm 
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our July meeting will begin with a brief AGM to elect the executive committee for the coming year and will be followed by our usual open discussion. If anyone is interested in serving on the executive committee, please contact the group secretary before the AGM (tim.stephenson@herhg.org.uk).


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