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.В  We meet in central Manchester, and also in Bolton and Oldham. In addition, Stockport Humanists meet in Stockport.В  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 Tuesdays – 8.15pm – Humanist Discussion Group, The Waterhouse, Princess Street, Manchester M2 4EG (not July, August or December)

Second Thursdays – 7pm – Bolton group, Mercury Hotel (bar), 540 Manchester Road, Bolton, BL5 3JP

3rd Sundays – 2.30pm – Oldham group, The Squire Knott, 55 Yorkshire Street, Oldham OL1 3SL

Third Wednesdays – 7.15 for 7.30pm – Stockport Humanists, The Boars Head, Vernon Street (near Market Place), Stockport, SK1 1TY
Fourth Wednesdays – 2.30pm – Stockport Humanists social get-together – Rhode Island Coffee Bar, 2 Little Underbank, Stockport SK1 1JT (upstairs)(not December)

For details of future meetings at Friends Meeting House, see here or contact the Secretary .

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 –В  and course review

The next presentation will be held on seven Tuesday evenings from 19 September to 31 October 2017.

Venue: Friends Meeting House Manchester
Time:В В  7.00pm – 9.15pm
Cost: ВЈ20 – with early bird reduction to ВЈ17 for bookings received by Monday 4 September 2017.

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