Morality, Theology and Autonomy: On Overcoming Causes of Misunderstanding and Conflict in Religion and Society

Date:       Monday 16th October 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our October meeting was a talk by group Chair John Hawkins on the subject of Morality, Theology and Autonomy. Religion has the reputation for causing endless conflict in history but many human beings stick by their religious beliefs and practices in the face of persecution and social disadvantage. Those beliefs and associated practices often appear irrational, absurd and/or incomprehensible to many people today. John explored the underlying issues looking at religion from a historical perspective having regard Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and other World Religions and Ideologies.

50 Years of LGBT Rights

Date:          18th September 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:      the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of 21. British Humanists have played a significant role in the development of LGBT rights, though much of the opposition to LGBT rights has come from religious interest groups. This is an area where Humanists have influenced society for the better.

Stephen Mirfin is the Co-chair for the LGBT Staff Support Network for Humberside Police and talked to us about LGBT rights past, present and future at our September 2017 meeting.

The above lecture was given by Peter Tatchell and hosted by the Sheffield Humanist Society in 2014.

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

Date:       Monday 21st August 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our August meeting was a discussion of the role of empathy in guiding our moral choices lead by group secretary Tim Stephenson with a particular focus on the new book by Yale University Psychology Professor Paul Bloom titled “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion”. The videos above and below gave a taste of the position that were argued for, that of rational compassion.

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 began with a brief AGM to elect the executive committee for the coming year and was followed by an open discussion. The topics discussed included a recent UK Humanist conference and freewill.

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 was 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 was chaplaincy support and how to engage with belief groups around the city that formed the basis of the discussion. Headings explored included: 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?