Humanism is a way of thinking and living that aims to bring out the best in people so that all people may have better opportunities in life. Humanists seek the truth by reason, not revelation, and so hold that there is no God and no afterlife and therefore we must take responsibility for our own lives and for the community and the world in which we live. Human values are based on the recognition of what makes life worth while for humankind. These values give us rights, freedom and dignity, but also give us responsibilities. Humanists believe that people alone, through personal commitment, rational discussion and collective effort can achieve a better world. We may each pursue these ideals individually, in fact 36% of the population agree with Humanist principles, but we must work together if our beliefs are to have an impact on society. Superstition, prejudice and lack of humanity ruin many lives. Some religious groups succeed in enforcing their beliefs and morality on the rest of society because their members support their organisations. To counter this threat it is essential for individual Humanists to support those organisations that promote and defend specifically Humanist values.
As an affiliated group of the British Humanist Association (BHA), the Humanist Society of West Yorkshire acts as a focal point for Humanists throughout West Yorkshire. Regular meetings are held at the Swarthmore Centre, Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD, usually on the second Thursday of each month, October to June, at which invited speakers give interesting talks on Humanist related topics, invariably followed by lively discussion! You may park free in the Joseph’s Well Car Park in the evenings. The AGM is held on a Thursday in April,. There is also a summer social event in July. All necessary information is given in the monthly Newsletter to members. Other activities include non-religious funeral ceremonies, weddings and naming ceremonies, participation in the Leeds and Bradford Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education, giving talks to schools and representing Humanism on local media.
If you are a Humanist stand up and be counted. We need your support. Annual membership subscription is £15 single and £23 household (cheques made out to Humanist Society of West Yorkshire). The concession rate for full-time students, state pensioners and those on income-related benefit is £10 single and £15 household.
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