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.
supporting non-religious people in hospitals and other settings
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 7.30–9.30pm
149–153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP
Religious people have ready access to pastoral support in hospitals, prisons and other institutions. But what about people who have no religious belief? It is important for people to have the option to receive support from a like-minded person at a time of crisis. There is a huge imbalance, though, in the provision: about a third of people in prison and between 22% and 45% of people in hospital say they have no religion, yet all except one of the 800-odd paid chaplains are religious, as are 99% of the thousands of volunteers. Humanists UK is trying to redress this, so that everyone can benefit from pastoral support appropriate to their needs, values and beliefs.
At this meeting, Simon O’Donoghue, who leads Humanist Care, the pastoral arm of Humanists UK, will be joined by two of our members who are pastoral support volunteers.
Please note that the Moseley Exchange building is fully accessible, with disabled access to meeting rooms via a lift, and with hearing loops.
Hope to see you there!
‘What Science has to say about evolution, creationism, the age of The Universe and the biological processes which have produced homo sapiens.
How this has contradicted directly what many religions taught.’
My lifelong interest in science developed further when reading physics and meteor astronomy at Manchester University. When a lecturer at Coventry University I concentrated on small computer systems.
On Thursday 7th March:
‘Are Faith Schools Dividing Society’
Presented by Dr. Ruth Wareham, Humanists UK’s new Education Campaigns Manager.
Venue: Conference Room, Sydney Stringer School, 2 Primrose Hill Street, COVENTRY, CV1 5LY
Stoke Green, Coventry, has just welcomed its own Green Man, alongside a new avenue of trees, which will in time, replace some elderly horse chestnuts. Thanks to Bob Jelley for photo.
On Remembrance Sunday local Humanists were represented in wreath laying at ceremonies in Coventry, Bedworth, Leamington, Nuneaton, Rugby and Warwick.
Many thanks to Bob Jelley for organising this and all the volunteers taking part.
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.
Coventry & Warwickshire Humanists
The Pink Triangle Trust
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
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.
CAMP QUEST UK SUMMER CAMP FOR FREETHINKING KIDS
AGE 7 – 11
May 28th – 31st 2017
AGE 12 – 18
August 20th – 26th 2017
For more information visit
Running camps in the UK since 2009, Camp Quest UK provides a varied, stimulating and nurturing environment for young people.
We mix physical activities like archery and climbing with mental activities like philosophical discussion and craft.
Our staff are volunteers who want to give young people a place to ponder the bigger questions in life among similarly inquisitive peers.
“Camp Quest was the first place I’ve felt like I fit in” – Lucy, a camper
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