Greater Manchester Humanists were founded in 1992 (though under a different name). We believe an earlier group was active in Manchester from the 1950s until the mid-1970s: we do know of a meeting in April 1965 of a group called Manchester Humanist Society. We are a Partner group of the British Humanist Association and affiliated to the National Secular Society.

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As Humanists, we are concerned with values and moral issues from a non-religious standpoint. Like many people in our largely secular society, we have done our best to work these out for ourselves, and are constantly re-assessing them in the light of changing circumstances. We are also actively concerned to apply our values and to work towards the achievement of a more open, just and caring society. Our meetings are open to all – membership is not required.  We meet in central Manchester and Stockport.  See here for details of when and where we meet.

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Forthcoming GMH Events

Regular Meetings

Second Wednesdays – 7.00 for 7.30pm – Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Third Wednesdays – 7.15 for 7.30pm – Stockport group, The Boars Head, Vernon Street (near Market Place), Stockport, SK1 1TY
Fourth Wednesdays – 2.30pm – Stockport group social get-together – Rhode Island Coffee Bar, 2 Little Underbank, Stockport SK1 1JT (upstairs)(not December)

For details of future meetings, see here


Introductory Course

We have developed an introductory course on Humanism – the course material for the Autumn 2012 presentation can be viewed here.

Course overview:
Session 1: Humanism: an introductory survey
Session 2: Humanism in practice: promoting happiness and well-being
Session 3: The development of Humanism: some key thinkers
Session 4: Humanist morality
Session 5: Humanist morality: further perspectives
Session 6: Meaning and purpose in life for Humanists
Session 7: Humanist principles revisited: the global dimension to Humanism –  and course review

The current presentation is now in progress at Friends Meeting House Manchester on seven successive Monday evenings from 5 October 2015. We anticipate further presentations in 2016. The cost is expected to be £20 (reduced to £17 for early bookings). For further details contact Rob Grinter the course leader.  He will be happy to answer any queries about the course.