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 are a Partner group of the British Humanist Association and affiliated to the National Secular Society.

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

Special Events

Darwin Day – Thursday 12 February 2015
7.00pm – 8.45pm
(doors open 6.30pm)

Is Man Just Another Animal?

A talk by Steve Jones
Steve Jones is a professor of genetics, science writer and broadcaster, and a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association. He gave the first BHA Holyoake Lecture in Manchester in 2009. Steve will speak for about an hour and this will be followed by questions and discussion.

Venue: The St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester  M12 6Z
(full disabled access and free on-street parking nearby)

Tickets £5 (£2 for students)

We anticipate a strong demand for tickets and suggest early booking in view of the limited seating capacity at the venue.



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: What makes a Humanist?
Session 2: Humanism in practice: promoting happiness and well-being
Session 3: The historical roots of Humanism: some key thinkers
Session 4: Humanist morality
Session 5: Humanist perspectives on key moral issues
Session 6: Meaning and purpose of life for Humanists
Session 7: Humanist principles revisited and course review

The next presentation will be held at Friends Meeting House Manchester on seven Mondays from 16 February to 30 March 2015. For further details see BookingForm-Feb2015 or contact the Secretary.