Author: Graham Connell

Holyoake Lecture 2017 – Towards a Humanist Politics – Manchester, 3rd October

The Holyoake Lecture, hosted by Humanists UK, is a prestigious annual lecture held in Manchester, which explores Humanism or a related topic in relation to contemporary or historical political ideas. Douglas Murray will deliver the lecture for 2017 on Tuesday 3 October from 7.30pm to 9pm on the title “Towards a Humanist Politics”. He will set out how a rational, empathetic, and forward-thinking approach to ethical issues and human problems can intersect fruitfully with politics. The meeting will be held at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. The tickets for this event usually sell out quickly so early booking is advisable via humanism.org.uk/holyoake2017.

National Secular Society – Bradlaugh Lecture – Manchester, 9th September

The National Secular Society (NSS) will be holding their inaugural Bradlaugh Lecture at the Manchester Art Gallery on Saturday 9 September, to mark the end of their 150th anniversary celebrations. Bryan Niblet, who published a biography on Bradlaugh, the founding president of the NSS, will deliver a talk entitled ‘Dare To Stand Alone’. NSS historian Bob Forder will also deliver a talk and there will be a drinks reception. The event will run from 2pm to 4pm and will coincide with the re-hanging of Walter Sickert’s portrait of Bradlaugh, which attendees will be able to view for the first time in decades. It is free to NSS members and is £5 for non-members. Spaces are limited and bookings can be made via the website.

Exploring Humanism: An Introductory Course, Starting in September

Seven Tuesday evenings, 19 September to 31 October 2017

7.00pm to 9.15pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS

The course has run for the last 8 years, and this year will be its thirteenth presentation!
It’s for anyone who is interested in finding out what Humanism has to offer as a non-religious way of answering the ‘big questions’ of life, and developing values that help us live enjoyable and worthwhile lives. Humanism provides the ideal value system for a secular society.
The course is interactive and enjoyable, with video clips, an input on Humanist ceremonies and group discussions of interesting and challenging issues with like-minded people. The course fee is £20 with an ‘early bird’ reduction to £17 for applications received by September 4. For further details and application form please contact Robin Grinter on robathome@ntlworld.com