Programme 2016-17

Next meeting

12 April

An informal evening of discussion between Greater Manchester Humanists and the King’s Church Christians from the University of Manchester.

Why do humanists believe what they do? Why do Christians believe what they do?

Contributions, thoughts, ideas are welcome from all participants.

There will be an opportunity to ask written questions selected ‘from a hat’.



Regular meetings

We meet at Friends Meeting House, Manchester on the second Wednesday each month – for programme see below. A number of us go on afterwards to The Waterhouse in Princess Street opposite the town hall.

The Humanist Discussion Group meets informally at The Waterhouse at 8.15pm, generally  on the third Tuesday each month (except July, August and December). Topics are announced in the GMH monthly newsletter and background notes can be accessed here.

Stockport Humanists meet at 7.15pm for 7.30pm on third Wednesdays at The Boars Head, 2 Vernon Street (near the Market Place). They also meet socially at 2.30pm on fourth Wednesdays (except December) at the Rhode Island Coffee Bar in Little Underbank. All welcome at both events. For further details, see or contact the secretary of the group.

Other local groups are developing in Bolton and Oldham. For details contact the GMH 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 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: the global dimension to Humanism – and course review

The next presentation is scheduled for seven Tuesday evenings from 17 September to 31 October 2017.

Venue: Friends Meeting House Manchester
Time:   7.00pm – 9.15pm
Cost: £20 – with early bird reduction to £17 for bookings received by Monday 4th September 2017.



Programme for Second Wednesday meetings


13th April:
AGM followed by an open discussion on An Issue of Culture led by Elio Pennisi

11th May:
Professor Mark Humphries
Brains and brain modelling

8th June:
Derek McComiskey

13th July:
Dr Keith Jensen
The Origins of the Prosocial Primate – The Evolution of Being Nice and Nasty

10th August:
Discussion introduced by John Coss
Is Humanism a religion?

14th Sept:
Heather Fletcher
The genocide of the Muslims of Srebrenica

12th October:
Imitiaz Shams
Faith to Faithless

9th November:
Jeremy Rodell
Duties of the Dialogue Officer at the BHA

14th December:
Christmas meal and social at Home

11th January:
Guy Otten
The Evolutionary Origins of Religion

8th February:
No meeting (Darwin Day event on 12 February)

8th March:
Joanne Williams
Rising Sea-Levels and the work of the National Oceanography Centre