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About Kent Humanists

Kent Humanists meet on the third Sunday of each month at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in Humanism and are not restricted to members, we ask only for a nominal contribution towards the hire of the hall.

You can become a full member of Kent Humanists for an annual subscription of £15.00 or £10.00 if you are a member of the national organisation Humanists UK. Students who take advantage of Humanists UK free subscription scheme may also join Kent Humanists for free. Please email kent@humanistgroups.org.uk for further details.

The 2019 Committee are:

Steve Bowen - Chair

Wendy Rumsey - Secretary

Martin Nunn - Treasurer

Peter Morgan, Glynis Rollings, Elizabeth Bailey, Murray Hallwood.

Our Charity of the year 2018-2019

At each AGM Kent Humanists choose a charity to support for the year. This year's charity is The Canterbury Foodbank Riverside Church Thanet Way Chestfield Whitstable Kent CT5 3JQ and there is an opportunity to donate cash and goods (see below) at our monthly meetings.

A community project and registered charity (no. 1153791) providing emergency (three-day) food parcels to individuals and families in short term financial crisis across the Canterbury District (Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages). They are a Christian-led project that brings together volunteers of all faiths and none to provide a vital service to people in short-term need. Our committee member Leigh Derbyshire is a volunteer representing Humanists.

Shopping List:

Breakfast cereal, Whole milk (long life and semi skimmed),Pasta (Tinned),Ham (Tinned),Sweetcorn (Tinned),Carrots/Peas (Tinned),Corned Beef (Tinned),Tuna / Fish (Tinned),Fruit (Tinned),Sponge pudding (Tinned),Custard (Tinned or Carton), Smash instant potato or tinned,Tomatoes (Tinned),Disposable nappies/wipes,Baby food,Cat/Dog Food,Gents deodorant,Washing powder and household cleaning items,Washing up liquid,Shaving foam,Multi-purpose cleaning spray, Loo cleaner,Cleaning cloths,Kitchen roll,Toilet roll,Sanitary items,Toiletries.

Humanist Speakers

Kent Humanists are always pleased to consider requests to talk about any aspect of humanism to your group or society. Please contact us directly if this is of interest.

We also have a number of trained school speakers accredited by Humanists UK available for assemblies, classroom talks and diversity days with material suitable for all year groups. Please book through Humanists UK who will forward the request to us.

Our program for 2018-2019

Humanist Pastoral Care

Sunday 28 April, 2:30pm–4:30pm

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

A talk by Kent Humanist Member Janet Hope on non religious pastoral care.

*Please note the deviation from our usual third Sunday to avoid the Easter weekend*

Apostasy in the UK

Sunday 19 May, 2:30pm–4:30pm

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

Presented by Faith to Faithless Humanists UK’s support programme for so-called ‘apostates’ and those who leave high-control religions. Our speaker will be Faith to Faithless' founder Imtiaz Shams

The Moral Case For Abortion

Sunday 16th June, 2:30pm–4:30pm

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

A second chance to discuss this important issue with Ann Furedi. The legal landscape has changed significantly since her visit last year with the referendum to legalise abortion in the Republic of Ireland now fuelling calls for similar changes in the north.

What if free will is an illusion? A talk by KH member Steve Bowen

Sunday 21st July, 2:30pm–4:30pm

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

*Rescheduled from February*

The findings of neuroscience are consistently suggesting that for humans to have true free will is very unlikely, if not impossible, and although philosophers and theologians have debated its existence for thousands of years there has never been a resolution. Theologians insist free will is “god given” and in fact require it to answer the problem of personal evil. Philosophers differ, with the likes of Daniel Dennett suggesting “freedom evolves” and in the other camp Susan Blackmore who denies free will entirely. Others look to quantum uncertainty to break the deadlock. This session will review some of the current thinking on free will and discuss the moral and justice implications should we decide we don’t, in fact, possess it.

Summer Social

Sunday 18th August, 2:30pm–4:30pm

Venue TBA

Our annual summer get together for members and guests Details to follow.

Humanist art and culture of the Cuban revolution

Sunday 15th September, 2:30pm–4:30pm

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

Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, Research Associate from Kings College London, will come and speak to us about the Humanism at the heart of Cultural Policy in the Cuban Revolution

Is Music a Universal Language? A talk with music by Teddy Prout

Sunday 20th October, 2:30pm–4:30pm

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

Teddy Prout is a classically trained musician and was the director of performing arts at a large academy in West London for many years. He is now the Director of Community Services at Humanists UK, but continues to write and perform music. Teddy will be exploring the concepts of music, if there is such a thing as 'humanist music', and how humans use it to create meaning in our lives.

AGM 2019

Sunday 17th November, 2:30pm–4:30pm

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

This is a member only event and your opportunity to elect a committee for the following year and nominate a charity to support. Plus we look forward to your feedback on the year's events and welcome suggestions for for future meetings.

Winter Social

Sunday 15th December 2019, 2:30pm–4:30pm

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

Our annual bring and share yule get together for members and friends. Venue TBA but probably St Stephen's Hall :)

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