The December meeting took the form of a social with bring-and-share food. The next meeting will be on Monday 18th January at 7 for 7.30 pm at the Old Hall.Â The subject will be the Basics of Humanism – there will be 3 sessions of around 20 to 25 minutes each – History of Humanism – Pat Thompson to lead; A good life without religion – David Seddon to lead; and the scientific method â€“ Marge Rose to lead.Â As usual, the meeting will be held in the Piano Lounge of the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. All welcome. Enquiries to Marge Rose on 01298 72310 orÂ email firstname.lastname@example.org
On 16th November, Cath Johnstone from Transition Buxton came to talk to the group about Buxton’s answer to the twin challenges of Climate Change and Peak Oil.Â She started off by showing that the ideals of Humanism are compatible with the goals behind the Transition Town movement.Â Climate Change is now widely discussed in the media but Peak Oil is rarely mentioned.(Note: Peak Oil is the term used for the point in time at which the maximum rate of petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production declines. Beyond this point, oil prices may rise to very high levels, especially with increasing demand from developing countries, with potentially disastrous economic consequences). We brain-stormed all the areas of our life that are dependent on oil and realised how much we rely on it.Â Cath told us that the Transition movement is a bottom-up approach to reducing that reliance.Â So far, Transition Buxton has groups looking at local food production, local transport solutions and – coming soon – renewable energy options for the area.Â Cath encouraged us all to start getting involved.
Exploring Humanism – an Introductory Course Led by Robin Grinter and Anna Whitehead started on 26 October 2009.Â At the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, M/C Â£12 for 6 weekly sessions.Â Further courses are planned – contact John Coss for details.
A C Grayling:
Main Auditorium, St Peter’s House, University of Manchester, Precinct Centre, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9GH
18th November 2009 from 18:30 to 20:00
A lecture organized by the British Humanist Association, Chaired by Professor John Harris
A. C. Grayling will address the controversy surrounding Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, followed by questions. The event will be chaired by John Harris, professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester and member of the Humanist Philosophers.
Anthony Grayling is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union’s delegation to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association. He has been a Guardian columnist and written for The Times, the Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect. Participating regularly in radio and television discussions, Anthony Grayling is one of Britain’s best known intellectuals.
Cost: Â£7 (Â£5 for members of the British Humanist Association or Greater Manchester Humanists) payable at the door. Doors open at 6pm.
The ethical jury session at Friends Meeting House on 14th October has had to be postponed.Â Â Â Robin Grinter has stepped into the breach and will talk about the 10/10 pledge.
The 10/10 campaign is designed to tell the world that there are a significant number of people and organisations in the UK who are prepared to commit themselves to do their best to reduce their carbon footprint by 10% in the year 2010. The aim would be to help towards a â€˜sea changeâ€™ in opinion, by encouraging others to do the same.
About a dozen people met for the third meeting of the group held on 21st September at the Old Hall.Â Pat Thompson gave a talk on the pressure group “Dignity in Dying”, formerly “EXIT” and before that “The Voluntary Euthanasia Society”.Â The subject of the meeting was timely as interim guidance on assisted suicide were due out 2 days later.Â Pat discussed the aims of the group and gave some idea of the situation in other countries.Â She had also brought her “living will” and she explained how to obtain one and its legal status.Â There followed a lively discussion on many of the issues.Â The next meeting is on 19th October when Barry Thorpe will present his views on faith schools.
The next meeting of the group will again be held in the piano lounge of the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton – 7 for a 7.30pm start on Monday 21st September.
Pat Thompson will talk about the work of the campaigning group “Dignity in Dying” formerly EXIT.Â She will discuss current issues, how the work relates to Humanism and how to make a living will.
The programme for the rest of the year is:
19th October :Â Faith Schools with Barry Thorpe
16th November : Transition Buxton with Cath Johnstone
21st December : Social evening
The last meeting of the group was held in the Old Hall Hotel on 20 July 2009 at 7.30.Â Around 12 of us, led by Anna Whitehead from GMH, participated in a taster of the “Introduction to Humanism” course developed in Manchester.Â It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and grateful thanks are due to Anna.
It was agreed that meetings would be held monthly on the 3rd Monday of the month and that formal committee arrangements could wait until we all got to know each other better.
No meeting in August
The next meeting of the group will be held on 21st September.Â Pat Thompson of the Buxton humanist group will talk about the campaigning group “Dignity in Dying” which works for greater choice, control and access to services at the end of life.
The meeting will again be held in the piano lounge of the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton on 21st September 2009: 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
On 14th October, Michael ImisonÂ (BHA Trustee and celebrant) will lead an Ethical Jury session at the Friends Meeting House
Please see our â€˜Where we meetâ€˜ page if youâ€™d like to come along
On 9th September, Sandra Palmer will speak on Christian Humanism at the Friends Meeting House
Christianity and Humanism are often presented as at loggerheads – two very different belief systems. Sandra will be exploring whether there are borderlands between these two â€˜faithsâ€™ and the approaches of those who live in those lands.
Please see our ‘Where we meet‘ page if you’d like to come along