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.

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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.  The Buxton group is in abeyance at present.  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

Joint meeting with Manchester Christians – Sunday 6 April, 5pm-7pm

Venue: Cheadle Village Hotel,Cheadle Road, Cheadle, SK8 1HW

Topic: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

We will be debating and discussing this famous book with the Manchester Christians (formerly Bible Debate group) at their invitation.
Derek McComiskey will be introducing the book for the Humanists and a speaker (to be advised) will be putting a Christian point of view.

A contribution of £4 per head will be requested to meet the room hire (£5 for non GMH members)

Fundraising Dinner – Sunday 27 April at 6pm (ending around 8.30pm)

At the Lal Qila restaurant, 123-127 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, Mancester M14 5AN in support of the World Humanist Congress being held in Oxford in August 2014.

Robert Ashby, Chair of the BHA Board of Trustees, will speak on the importance of the Congress to Humanism and the opportunities it will afford

Richard Scorer will introduce his new book ‘Betrayed: the English Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse Crisis’

There will be a Raffle!

Cost £35 per head, for a delicious buffet style meal with a range of options including vegetarian. (Discount of £3 a head for parties of five or more).

Enquiries and bookings to our Chair, Guy Otten.

Joint meeting with the Ahmadi Community – Saturday 17 May, 3pm-6pm

Venue: Ahmadi Mosque, 15 Greenheys Lance, Manchester, M15.

An opportunity for each of us to listen to and get to know each other.

The format is for each side to have an introductory speaker who sets out their beliefs and something of the background of their community. This will be followed by questions and commenst from the floor. There will be a break half way through with light refreshments.


Introductory Course

We have developed an introductory course on Humanism – the course material for the Autumn 2012 presentation can be viewed here. The Spring 2014 presentation is being held on seven successive Mondays commencing 3 March 2014.

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

To enquire about future presentations, please contact the Secretary.