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.

Darwin Day Celebration – Friday 12 February 2016

Dr Susanne Schultz  of the Life Sciences Dept, University of Manchester, will give this year’s Darwin Day lecture entitled:

” Religion, Cooperation and pro-Sociality
– Are Religious People more Cooperative? ”

Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, 78 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3NJ

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £5 (£3 for students/unwaged) available from:
Note: an additional booking fee is payable to Eventbrite

In addition, there will be stalls and exhibits displaying such things as 3D art, geology of the solar system, the universe(!) and the relationships between art and science. Several Manchester schools will be displaying projects on the topic of evolution and Charles Darwin.
This part of the evening is open from 6pm for everyone to come in and browse for free.

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 next presentation will be held on seven Monday evenings from 4th April 2016 ending on 23rd May (with no meeting on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May).

Venue: Friends Meeting House Manchester
Time:   7.00pm – 9.15pm

Cost: £20 – with early bird reduction for bookings received by Monday 7th March

See booking form here

For further details contact Rob Grinter the course leader.  He will be happy to answer any queries about the course.