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Patrons: Dr Robyn Williams AM
Dorothy Buckland Fuller AM MBE
A non-profit organisation  

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Our motto:  Rational Humaneness

Humanism

Some quick answers*:

A lifestance of personal fulfilment without belief in the supernatural.

Dignity and value of the human individual in an unknown universe.

Positive agnosticism and or atheism.

A movement that defends and promotes secularism.

A positive position evolved from freethinker positions.


* Place mouse slowly over coloured words for additional explanations.

 

Image saying newWe have published a small book to give a more complete answer as to what we see is Humanism, click Articles to the left.

Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice. Free of supenaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values - be they religious, ethical, social or political - have their source in human nature, experience, and culture. Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather from scriptures, theological or ideological abstraction, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.

A special declaration about Humanism was adopted by the IHEU in 2002.

For more on what we think Humanism is, click on the Student Resources link at the left.


Our Objects:
  1. To encourage a rational approach to human problems, to promote the fullest use of science for human welfare, to defend freedom of expression, and provide a constructive alternative to theological and dogmatic creeds;
  2. To gain and maintain for non-religious people the same rights as are enjoyed by members of religious bodies;
  3. To encourage an awareness of and the responsibility to the connection and interdependence between human and other life forms, and duty of care owed by present generations to future generations and the environment;
  4. To encourage informed and reasoned discussion of issues in a manner that shows respect for the individual and his or her views;
  5. To encourage respect for the universal human rights of men and women free from discrimination on the basis of race, class, disability, gender, age, nationality or sexual orientation.
Some raison d'etre of a Humanist society includes:
  • meet likeminded people in a specifically non-religious setting allowing you to talk freely about things you can't do generally in society;
  • it is a venue to network with people resisting the encroachment of religion into public life;
  • participate in advancing and evolving secular philosophy.

Humanists advocate the separation of church and state. We support John Goldbaum's archived TV advertisements campaigning that religion be kept out of politics. Click here for more about this area of concern.

Our patrons reflecting two sides of Humanism - to promote the fullest use of science for human welfare...

Dr Robyn Williams AM

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Humanist of the Year 1993, Member of the Order of Australia 1988, a talented actor, science journalist and broadcaster, Robyn, presents Radio National's Science Show, Ockham's Razor and In Conversation. Robyn has written more than 10 books and received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the Universities of Sydney, Macquarie and Deakin.

Dorothy Buckland Fuller AM MBE

Photo of Dorothy Buckland Fuller

Mother, bilingual sociologist, peace activist. Dorothy is also an environmentalist, a feminist and committed to the cause of reconciliation with indigenous Australia. As founder of the Ethnic Communities Council Dorothy was, and is still, a vital influence in the ethnic communities.

More views

More about our views and philosophies. Includes link to our Euthansia Report, still remarkably current, published in 1973.

What is AHOY?


"Australian Humanist of the Year"
Since 1983 Australian Humanists have bestowed the award of Humanist of the Year on a person who has made an outstanding contribution to public life, consistent with Humanist ideals and values.

The selection is coordinated by Australian Humanists (Council of Australian Humanist Societes - CAHS), who call for nominations from State Humanist Societies.

What we do and what we have done:

  • Publish a newsletter Viewpoints for members and other on our mailing list
  • Distribute the Australian Humanist the journal of the Council of Australian Humanist Societies
  • Have a variety of reports published
  • Involved in various lobbying activities - a current one is to challenge the demand of Fred Nile to close down the public school ethics classes. We encourage people to write "No Religion" in the last few Censuses if that is their real position. Archive of our how you should answer the Census' Q10 page.
  • Over time, since the 60s, we were responsible for the formation of the Council fo Civil Liberties; the Preterm foundation; the Secular Defence Society; the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (now Dying with Dignity); Alternative Publishing Co-operation (APCOL); the Penal Reform Association; the Abortion Law Repeal Association; the Cancer Information and Support Society; the Gay Counselling Service; and Toleration: A Coalition Against Fanaticism; the Australian Institute of Philosophy for Children and Amnesty International. The existence of secular marriage celebrants today is a result of our lobbying efforts in the 60s and early 70s.
  • The monthly HuVAT meeting program is also a social get togethers.


Our affiliations:


Organisations we have liasons with:


Australian Skeptics Inc. PO Box 20 Beecroft NSW 2119
Phone (02) 8094 1894 0432 713 195

Others
GLAPD - (African) Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International - GLAPD Int. Ltd. Affie Adagio 0421 101 163
UNAA - United Nations Association Australia Affie Adagio 0421 101 163
WEA - Workers Education Association Sturt Duncan  


A special human rights project we support:

We support by donation the IHEU project to gain liberty for the Dalits - the "untouchables" of India.


Life event celebrants:


Don't want meaningless religious gobbledegook for celebrations of important personal events but still want a celebration that is appropriate?

Then Humanist Societies are THE organisations to get in touch with!

Did you know that the civil marriage celebrants system was the results of our lobbying efforts in the late 60s to early 70s?


Membership


If you feel you can sign agreement to the objectives (click Home tab), why not consider joining?

Why join?

  • Political - the governments, the bureaucrats and the media respond to numbers;
  • Contact - You get our newsletters, know when meetings occur.
  • Social - meet other like-minded people, that want to meet you;
  • Contribution - there's lots to do to promote the secular cause. We have a structure to facilite you doing things. Some things to do include training for and participating in undertaking teaching ethics classes in your local public school; help produce programs for broadcasting on public radio; help organise meetings; draft submissions to government inquiries; write and review articles for our newsletter or these web pages; facilitate socials - only one active person can make a big difference!, etc.

To apply for membership download application form and our privacy policy

and post it to: PO Box 784 Edgecliff NSW 2027 Australia or
Phone: Mob: (61 4 or 04) 27 816 373
Fees are $35 single, $45 double and $20 concession.

Our constitution (as amended Sep 2016)


Office bearers 2016/17:

Murray Love President Mob: 0406 438 521,

Ian Bryce Vice-president Tel: (61 2) (02) 9810 4931, Mob: 0408 177 007,

Fay Love Secretary or post request to The Secretary 10 Shepherd St Chippendale 2008

Treasurer


Contacts:


Murray Love Viewpoints editor Mob: 0406 438 521

Recorded message (61 2 or 02) 9212 2122

Street address: Humanist House 10 Shepherd St Chippendale 2008.


General enquiries (also broken links): Webmaster Victor Bien:   Mob: 0427 816 373


Please note that the email links only work if you run an email program on your computer. It does not work if you use a webmail account. If so please phone us. We cannot afford to baldly place email addresses here to protect ourselves from spammers.

Links:

Need an abortion?

Dying with dignity

GLAPD - Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development

The Humanist Celebrants Network

Support the campaign for same sex marriages

Click to email the Vice President of the IHEYO (International Humanist Ethical Youth Organisation)

The NSW Humanist`s Meetup group`s logo Group.

The Sydney Atheist`s Meetup group`s logo Group.

Upcoming Wayside chapel events Wayside Chapel logo

Join a Humanist discussion group:

Secular singles




EXCELLENT SMALL HALL

Photo of hall inside.Outside view of Humanist House

AVAILABLE FOR MEETINGS,

FUNCTIONS & EVENTS

  • very low rent
  • Location: 10 Shepherd St Chippendale this is one street south of Broadway near the Broadway shopping complex, near Sydney U and the UTS, near bus stops, better parking after 6 pm, phone on premises.
  • Seats up to 60;
  • Street access, no stairs;
  • Good acoustics, no need for a PA;
  • Intimate atmosphere;
  • All facilities incl. crockery and cutlery;
  • Preference is given to non-profit associations whose objectives are consistent with ours.

Map of location

from Sydway map 65 E5 used by permission of Sydway P/L logo  Sydway Publishing Pty Ltd

 

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phone David any mornings on:
Tel: (02) 4782 1130

To arrange an inspection
phone Gillian on 9660 9658
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