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HuVAT meetings
Humanist Viewpoints Afternoon Talk (general format more varying)

HuVAT Sunday 14th May 2017 3.00 for 3.15 p.m. will be

Vice-President John August gives a spoken and visual presentation on his many technological adventures. We'll see engineering and industrial history, and also interesting and cute artifacts encountered both in Australia and internationally: the Roman cistern beneath Istanbul; the pyramids of Wollongong; the Celtic stone circle of Glenn Innes; the thin innovative dam at Medlow in the Blue Mountains, scoffed at by British engineers, it still stands as a tribute to Australian ingenuity; the elaborate bypass system which pushes sand from Tweed Heads, NSW back into Gold Coast, Qld. There's the Egyptian inspired dam near Picton, the rocket launch pads at Woomera, the shale oil works at Newnes, and the steam mining pump near Prestonpans, Scotland (site of a rare Jacobite victory in the 1745 rising). And John promises many more items, 'plain, curious, odd and bizarre' from Australia and around the World. The simple enjoyment and sharing the lessons of human ingenuity is an important aspect of humanism.


The HuVAT program was started in February 2001 as a means for members and friends to meet regularly to talk about issues of direct interest to the Society to help the formation and development of Society policy.
Supper available for a small donation.

They are held on

  • usually the second Sunday of the month
  • note starting time is 4:00pm
  • at Humanist House 10 Shepherd St Chippendale.
  • Members and prospective members welcome to attend.

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(Note while this meeting series is sponsored by us its program is often not representative of the views of the Humanist Society at all. In fact it may run topics contrary to our interests! David Duffy's interest is to provide a regular venue to air matters of contemporary interest. If you are interested in what the Society as a body is concerned about click the HuVAT tab above).

21 Jun Parliamentary debate: "Populism is the voice of the people"

Mr Glynn Curran vs Dr Joseph Azize

Is populism the true voice of the politically disaffected or has it been hijacked by 'humbug'.

28 Jun "The crisis in water, world wide"

Mr Robert Goldie

Cultural environmentalist, student of human resources.

  Ring 9212 2122 for details for dates not covered here  

The Open Forum has been running for 44 years.

They are held

  • Every Wednesday
  • Starting at 8pm
  • at Humanist House 10 Shepherd St Chippendale.
  • Public Welcome.
  • Phone a recorded message service for last minute updates to the program.
    (+61 2) 9212 2122
  • Note: if there is no guest speaker a discussion evening on a topical issue occurs.
  • Supper available for a small donation.


The Wednesday Open Forum meetings are sponsored by the Humanist of Society of NSW to promote lively debate about topical issues. It has been held every Wednesday since 1971. You are welcome to come along and bring some friends. With a wide range of speakers and audience participants, views expressed by speakers and audience cannot be taken as a reflection of Humanist views .

Humanism fosters constructive intellectual exchange which can become impassioned at time. This requires a commitment from you to appropriate behaviour at all times. Unruly or offensive behaviour will not and cannot be tolerated.

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David Duffy the long-time convener!
Tel: 4782 1130 AM only

The Society also runs the HuVAT (Humanist Viewpoints Afternoon talk) series usually on the second Sunday of each month 4 pm. These meetings are more orientated to the Humanist position as such. Click the HuVAT tab above.

NSW Humanist Meetup

`New Humanists Sunday Open House' 3-6PM on Sunday 28th May 2017

NSW HUMANISTS MEETUP THIS SUNDAY LOOKS AT "HUMANIST PILGRIMAGES" Just a reminder that this Sunday 28 May programme from 3-6 pm at Humanist House, Chippendale has been amended to Humanist Pilgrimages.

Some of our regular attendees saw the earlier version of this event in August last year at HuVAT. If you missed that you might like to see this one.

This will be a more expanded version and include efforts to convey humanism to newcomers.

It's a special day for travellers, those who plan to travel, and those who travel in their imagination to evocative places. We'll show you don't need religion to find meaning and inspiration in human achievements and awesome nature. Some go many miles to find an eclipse, some are building a special clock in a mountain to be a site for 10,000 years. Sometimes amazing things just happen wherever you are.

We'll look at special evocative places - Antarctica, Volcanoes, Mountains, Deserts. And Animal encounters - Pandas, Whales, Mammoths. We'll look at sites and relics related to heroes of humanism like Bruno, Galileo, Darwin, Shelley, Russell, Hitchens, Socrates, Shakespeare, Sartre and others.

We'll go slowly, exploring Humanism along the way, and allowing participants to share their own stories of special feelings that far off and nearby places have aroused and encounters they have had that aroused special feelings.

To see further details go to https://www.meetup.com/nswhumanists/events/238868936/

Click here to go to their regular Meetup group`s logo page.

No information at present

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- "Taking Humanism Seriously"

Sunday, June 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Humanist House 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale, Sydney
(Humanist House is a few doors behind the old Hotel Broadway, just across and downhill towards the city from the Broadway Shopping Centre.)

On Sunday 18th June 2017, 1.00-5.00 p.m. we celebrate World Humanist Day - our theme is 'Taking Humanism Seriously'.
1.00-1.20 - Welcoming members & visitors
1.20-1.30 - Opening address by Murray Love, President, Humanist Society of NSW - 'Taking Humanism Seriously'
1.30-2.00 - Keynote address by Lyndon Storey PhD., national President of CAHS (Council of Australian Humanist Societies) - 'Serious Considerations for the Australian Humanist Movement'
2.00-2.15 - Light refreshments & Informal conversation
2.15-3.00 - 'Open Workshop on the Future of Humanism' A Humanist revival is needed to bring thoughtful caring to a selfish world & careful thinking to a confused humanity.
Chair: John August
Panel: Murray Love & Lyndon Storey
Participants will be free to comment or put questions to panel

3.00-3.30 - Hot refreshments & Informal conversation

3.30-5.00- 'The Humanism of Serious Moments' - A window on the inner world of humanity - Share illuminating experiences as a listening friend for those in difficult and isolated moments in a hospital setting. Our guest speaker Lyndon Storey reveals a second life - his work in compassionate engagement with patients at Canberra Hospital as a Humanist Chaplain. Lyndon will also present a video interview with Charles Foley who preceded him in this work and has many moving tales to tell.

We'll have another break 4.10-4.25, finish the refreshments, then Murray will present questions to Lyndon on his work, and MC a Q&A from the audience, on matters of secular pastoral care and on humanism itself, before Lyndon has to head back to Canberra in the evening. Privacy and sensitivity will be respected but there is more than enough left for insights and emotional growth experiences that can come out of such fascinating work.
It's a special day for Humanists and we'd love to see a big turnout just to celebrate together. If there's 'one day of the year' to try to make it along, even if just to see all the other Humanists - this is it. Please come and share food and drink and discussion and celebrate Humanism. It's a way of life needed more than ever in the 21st century.

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