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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.

Buxton Group in abeyance

At the meeting on 18th October, after a very interesting talk on the Human Rights Act by Guy Otten, and after a full and frank discussion, the decision was taken not to continue with monthly meetings of Buxton Humanists.  Very occasional meetings may still be held in Buxton.

Exploring Humanism – an Introductory Course

The third public presentation of Exploring Humanism – an Introductory Course will be held at Friends Meeting House, Manchester from 7pm to 9pm on six successive Monday  evenings, commencing 1 November 2010. The cost is £14.  The course covers the following topics:
Session 1    Humanist beliefs and practice
Session 2    The historical roots of Humanism
Session 3    Humanist moral values
Session 4    How Humanists handle moral dilemmas
Session 5    The meaning and purpose of life for Humanists
Session 6    Humanism today – and review of the course

If you would like to know more about the course, see the course leaflet or contact the secretary Some places are still available for this presentation.

Buxton Group – October 2010

There will be a meeting of the Buxton group on Monday 18th October 2010 at 7 for 7:30 in the piano lounge at the Old Hall Hotel.  The speaker will be Guy Otten, chair of Greater Manchester Humanists who will speak on “Human Rights”.

News from Buxton group – Apr 10

The April meeting of the group took place at the Old Hall Hotel on 19th April and took the form of a discussion of issues raised by “The Book of Atheist Spirituality” by Andre Comte-Sponville.  Almost everyone there was dismissive of the concept of spirituality whether they had read the book or not.    Chris and Pauline Neilson from Greater Manchester Humanists were welcomed to the meeting as they are considering starting up a local group in Stockport.  The next meeting is on 17th May at the Old Hall and the speaker will be Deb Hill, headteacher at Buxton Community School, who will be speaking as herself rather than on behalf of the school, about developing moral values in a secular setting.  We will then have a 3 month break before the next meeting on 20th September.

Member’s Forum

We now have a forum – for GMH members only – on the thinkhumanism website. 

To participate in the GMH forum, you will need to be registered as a user with forum.thinkhumanism.com. Then send a message via the forum to the GMH group moderator (Elio Pennisi, our international member who lives in Italy) so that he can arrange for you to be added to the GMH user group.

To enter the private forum, go to forum.thinkhumanism.com. The GMH Forum is near the bottom of this list, under Special Interest.