Here you’ll find the latest news snippets we have picked up on. Please contact us if you think there is something we should feature here.
Humanists UK invited for the first time to participate in Remembrance service at the Cenotaph. Click here
Ban hymns and prayers in schools say academics. See TES article here
Ireland set to hold blasphemy referendum on 26 October
Full story from NSS here
First humanist head of an NHS Chaplaincy and Pastoral Support team
Full story click here
Serving vicar wins Secularist of the Year. Click here for full story.
Humanists UK expresses dismay at BBC Religion and Ethics Review
The Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service included people of no faith
At the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service held at St Paul Cathedral this morning it was announced that the service was for people of all faiths and none.
That it included people of no faith was also mentioned on the BBC TV’s lunchtime news bulletin.
Does this mean that the statistics showing a majority of UK citizens have no faith (53% according to the latest British Social Attitudes survey) are now accepted? Let’s hope so.
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Joan Bakewell wins Humanist of the Year 2017 award. Click here for Humanists UK article.
George Broadhead comments in our December newsletter.
GIVE AS YOU LIVE. How you can directly help the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust. All you have to do is go shopping! It’s easy, click here
IHEU Freedom of Thought Report click here
Archbishop of Canterbury attacks non-church schools. Humanists UK report here
NSS accuses Welby of ‘cynical abuse of religious privilege’ over Lords education debate.
NSS Report here
Thanks to the efforts of Bob Jelley and other volunteers, C & W Humanists have been organising a Humanist contribution to Remembrance Sunday by laying wreaths at local ceremonies for the last 5 years.
This year Bob has ordered six wreaths and we are hoping to cover all the local ceremonies. Bob has organised representatives for Warwick, Nuneaton, Leamington Spa and Coventry. If anyone would like to volunteer for Rugby or Bedworth on November 12th Bob has kindly offered to deliver the wreath to the volunteer in advance. He will also ring the relevant council to get details of assembly points and timings and then give that info to the volunteer.
Bob has also reminded us that the weather may be cold and the ceremonies can be religious and dour!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Latest British Social Attitudes reveals 71% of young adults are non-religious, just 3% are Church of England.
See full Humanists UK report here
See our latest post for Dr. Brian Nicol’s opinion piece on faith schools.
Ofsted head criticises segregation as Islamic school is taken over. NSS report here.
Noel Conway’s assisted dying hearing concludes in High Court. Humanists U.K. report here
See our post for George Broadhead’s thoughts.
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BHA responds to Archbishop’s general election letter here
C&W Hum’s George Broadhead comments – ‘The Church of England is clearly rattled at the increasing proportion of the population that have no religious beliefs (as all polls and surveys show), its own steady decline in adherents and the increasing secularisation of the country. All this despite the continued privileges it enjoys and the extensive support it gets from the Establishment and the media.’
Irish police investigate Stephen Fry over a complaint of blasphemy. NSS report here
BHA report here
The latest The Birmingham Humanists Courier! paper.li/brumhums/13094
Happy faces at the Bistro Pierre, Leamington for our New Year dinner. Many thanks to Andrew for organising this.
What does Trump’s victory mean for Humanists?
Check out our topical guest blog written by Julian Webb, Membership Administration Officer for the Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Students and member of Exeter Humanists. We like to cover the major events in world politics! click here
“Schools should be inclusive and open to all“ says Dr Brian Nicol. Read more in our latest blog post. Click here
Many thanks to Andrew Ireland for arranging our recent Walk & Lunch social. Here’s three of our walkers catching the sun.
“Being religious or spiritual is linked to being more depressed” Dr Raj Persuad
News of C&WH member John Gainer
We are pleased to hear from John that he is back home after spending six days in hospital for a hip operation. The op was successful and his recovery is going well. Best wishes to you, John and we hope you are up and about soon.
Secularism: freedom, fairness and human rights
A short video from the NSS click here