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?

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 was a discussion of Fake News and Post-Truth led by our chair, John Hawkins.

Religious Education in Schools

Date:       Monday 20th March 2017, 7.30pm 
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

What place does Religious Education have in UK schools in the 21st century? Should children be taught about non-religious world views such as Humanism as part of Religious Education? Our speaker for our March meeting was David Horsley who was for many years a history master at Trinity House School in Hull and is a former Mayor of Beverley. He is a theology graduate of Lampeter University and continues to be actively involved in local politics. David addressed these and related questions in relation to Religious Education and schools.

Can life have meaning without God? – Public Debate

Date:       Wednesday 1st March 2017, 7pm-9.30pm
Venue:   Middleton Hall, University of Hull, Cottingham Rd, Hull, HU6 7RX

This is not an event being hosted by the Hull and East Riding Humanist Group, it is a public debate being hosted by the University of Hull.

The debate is free but you must have a ticket in advance to attend. It should be of particular interest to members of our group because it is a debate between the CEO of the British Humanist Association, Andrew Copson and Andy Bannister (Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity).

Update 10.03.17: Click here to see the video of this debate