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The crisis in our prisons

Sunday 21 May 2017, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

A talk by Andrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns for the Howard League for Penal Reform, the oldest penal reform charity in the UK, which was established in 1866. It works with parliament and the media, with criminal justice professionals, students and members of the public, to spread the message that too much money is spent on a penal system which doesn't work, doesn't make our communities safer, and fails to reduce offending. It campaigns on a wide range of issues including short term prison sentences, real work in prison, children in prison, and community sentences.

Transgender 101

Sunday 25 June 2017, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Although Transgendered people have probably been with us throughout human history, the issue of gender identity has never been so prominent in social or political discourse as it is today.

The debate ranges beyond the desire of some men to be women and vice versa to questioning the whole concept of gender as a simple binary between feminine and masculine. Some are beginning to doubt that gender is even a meaningful distinction and that is an entirely subjective social construct.

Our speaker Zeke is Kent Student Union's LGBT+ campaign officer with the remit bring light to issues transgender students face at Kent.

Zeke identifies as agender, transgender and non-binary, terms which will be explained during the course of the talk and no doubt explored in the ensuing discussion and Q&A.

Please note that this meeting has been moved from our normal 3rd Sunday of the month

The future of Human Rights

Sunday 16 July 2017, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Huw Kyffin, chair of Canterbury Amnesty, will be talking about some of the uncertainties around Human Rights issues and legislation both nationally and internationally.

Summer Social

Sunday 20 August 2017

Venue: To be announced

Community Services at the BHA

Sunday 17 September 2017, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Teddy Prout, currently the Director of Community Services for the BHA, will be talking about his work with the BHA in developing services in education, pastoral support and ceremonies.

Previously Teddy was a senior leader in education, working in a large academy in West London. He came to the BHA from Mencap where he led national projects for children and families.

The work of the National Secular Society

Sunday 15 October 2017, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Kent Humanists are affiliated to the National Secular Society (NSS) whose aim is to promote secularism, ie, the separation of the state from religion. The NSS do not want to wipe out religion and make society secular in an ideological sense. Rather they want everyone to have the freedom to follow their own religion (or non-religion) in the private sphere without special priviledges to any religious body or belief-system in the public sphere. Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of NSS and Terry Sanderson, president, will be speaking.

Annual General Meeting

Sunday 19 November 2017, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Yuletide Social

Sunday 17 December 2017

Venue: To be announced

Where we meet

As of our first session in January 2017 we started meeting in a new venue—St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB. We nomally meet on the third Sunday of the month from 2.30pm to 4.30pm (but please check our program as occasionally we have to depart from this pattern). All Welcome!

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