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).
||"An insight into how migrating birds may spread havoc"
A world without birds - couild we cope?
|Ms Natalie Cleary
Author and researcher.
||"Social media - the compulsive confessional"
The tell all confessional runs rampant; whatever happened to privacy and discretion?
|Mr Glynn Curran
|20 & 27 June
||"Weight training, body building and steroids; have they benefitted the image of sport?"
|Mr Helmut Cernic
A gym manager for 20 years.
||"Stephen Hawking, his life and legacy"
|Mr Ian Bryce
Physicist and aerospace engineer, Vice president, Humanist Society of NSW.
||"My pilgrmage - from a sceptic to a believer"
|Mr Roy Williams
Retired lawyer and author. He will disucss his journey from atheism to Christianity.
||Where no program is listed a group discussion takes place, topic resolved by those present.
9212 2122 for details for dates not covered here
The Open Forum has been running for 47 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
(+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.
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
Ethical Culture in Humanism
3 - 6PM Sunday 22 April 2018
The Ethical Culture movement was a 19th century forerunner of the Humanist movement, and merged into it. Some Ethical Societies remain but the members still call themselves 'Humanists'. We'll examine 'The Eight Commitments of Ethical Culture':Do the ideas of Ethical Culture still resonate in the 21 century? Please come along and share in the examined life. Ethics is central - Ethics begins with choice - We choose to treat each other as ends, not merely means - We seek to act with integrity - Personal progress is possible, both in wisdom and in social life - Self-reflection and our social nature require us to shape a more humane world - Democratic process is essential to our task: The democratic process is essential to a humane social order because it respects the worth of persons and elicits and allows a greater expression of human capacities. Democratic process also implies a commitment to shared responsibility and authority.
All details here in printable form are copied from our journal Viewpoints downloadable from Members page.
WORLD HUMANIST DAY
Workshop on the future of Humanism
Sunday, June 17, 2018 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.)
Each year we try to celebrate World Humanist Day in June with a deeper look at humanism and/or the humanist movement.
It's been a while since we opened up World Humanist Day to all speakers but we're going back there this year. Hopefully we'll keep things focused on solutions to the problem of growing the Humanist movement in the 21st century.
This is an urgent call (first made in March in the newsletter) for those with a real idea for rebuilding our future as an ethical movement founded in common human values and progressed through human reason, discovery and creativity.
If a talk becomes about something else, hopefully our audience will steer it 'back to the future' through suitable questions and comments.
No-one has contacted me although I have prompted some people and I will be working the audience on the day.
COME AND SHARE YOUR BEST IDEAS ON RENEWING THE HUMANIST MOVEMENT - THE QUALITY OF YOUR PARTICIPATION WILL MAKE THE DAY MEMORABLE
We particular need ideas from those born in the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and even the nineties. Those born in the twenties, thirties and forties will still have ideas but we have to involve all these younger generations in order to build a future.
We also need to hear from women, LGBTQ, those born overseas in Asia, Africa, Continental Europe, and other non-anglo-celtic areas, people breaking away from religions of all persuasions, those identifying as spiritual but not religious.
We need to hear from everyone with ideas we haven't heard before, about how to evolve a diverse humanist community. Or ideas we haven't heard often enough.
We need to hear from those with expertise in how to organise, fund, grow, market, and empower effective humanist community institutions. We need to continue to develop credible philosophical and ethical underpinnings for our movement requiring teamwork on intellectual discussion and activism.
Everyone will be free to speak but keep in mind there isn’t a secretariat or volunteer force available to take up ideas. The ideas for the future which will have some hope of fruition will be those which include an implementation strategy.
Ideas from this event will play a part in the joint convention we are planning with the ACT Humanists for 2019 where we will discuss the future of Humanism in Australia in earnest.
The humanist movement is diverse in its ways and means so please represent your own priorities on the day.
Murray Love, President
PLEASE CONTACT THE ORGANIZER/PRESIDENT ON
TO DISCUSS PARTICIPATION IN THE WORKSHOP ON THE FUTURE OF HUMANISM