What we're about

We are a small group of humanists gathering at least once a month in Bristol.

We meet at least once a month; we hold a talk/lecture and are exploring other forms of events. We also have informal chats from time to time.
If you're not religious and would like to meet like minded people, if you are curious about what humanism is or simply if the theme of the activity of the event is appealing to you, please join us.

Our events are usually free and we pass a hat for any voluntary donations towards our running costs, partnership fees and to cover any speaker's expenses.

Upcoming events (3)

Death Cafe - discuss the reality of death; enjoy feeling more fully alive!

Our second event in our new venue, Unitarian Meeting Hall. Death Cafes are a recent 'movement' to open up a positive discussion of death, and especially how we make best use of the one life we have. This clearly aligns very strongly with the humanist view of life. The movement, started in Switzerland in 2004 by the anthropologist Bernard Crettaz was called Cafe Mortel. His idea was that death has been 'taken over' by medical professionals. Taken up in the UK by Jon Underwood, Death Cafes create an informal, social and supportive place where we can talk about death - perhaps the last great taboo! And by talking about death we can work out how we can live our lives more fully! The discussion has no agenda, objectives or themes. As Death Cafes always involve tea/coffee and cake.....there will be cake! Our event will be run by Mary Tutaev who facilitates the regular Death Cafe held at Arnos Vale cemetery. PLEASE NOTE that this is a discussion group NOT a grief support or counselling session. If you are grieving for someone and need support then Death Cafe is not for you, there are many organisations that provide grief counselling. Note - this is the 'May' meeting - there will be no meeting on May 6th, as it is a Bank Holiday New regular venue - Unitarian Meeting Hall, Brunswick Square, BS2 8PE. We ask visitors to pay £3. Members are free. You can join for £10 (or £2.50 low income rate) for the half year. You can join on the night or via our website http://bristol.humanist.org.uk/membership/

Bristol Humanists Spring Social @ Prince Street Social

The Prince Street Social

Why not come along and meet fellow humanists, sceptics, rationalists and atheists? We are holding a spring social to get to know one another better, outside of our regular monthly meeting. The event is to help launch our new membership scheme, and is open to members of Bristol Humanists. However if you are not already a member you can just come along and join on the night! Or beforehand, by going to our website http://bristol.humanist.org.uk/membership/. It is not expensive - £10 for half year (or £2.50 low income), and that will get you in free to all of our monthly events. We look forward to seeing everyone who has already joined....and all of you new joiners.

Reproductive rights and wrongs; the ethical issues considered- with Dr Jon Ives

Since the first 'test tube baby', Bristolian Louise Brown, was conceived using IVF as far back as 1978 the science of human reproduction has developed beyond anything that seemed possible back then. But has our understanding of the moral and ethical issues kept pace with the science? If you have ever considered the philosophical questions raised by reproductive medicine then this is the event for you. Dr Jonathan Ives will give an overview of a range of current issues in the ethics of reproduction, alongside a broad survey of the kinds of argument often deployed. The talk will highlight the ethical controversy surrounding genetic engineering, mitochondrial DNA transplant, embryo selection and state funding of assisted reproduction. He will also look at the development of and investment in new assisted reproductive techniques such as uterus transplant, definitions of parenthood and the policing of parenthood. He will then consider, in light of these practices, a range of arguments related to their rights and wrongs, including: the right to reproduce, reproductive liberty, ‘playing God’ and arguments about 'naturalness', safety, family privacy and parental rights, and the well-being of the child. The talk will not aim to answer questions or take a particular position, but rather it will aim to generate questions and facilitate discussion. Dr Jonathan Ives is Reader in Empirical Bioethics and deputy director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine in the University of Bristol Medical School. Jonathan is a philosopher and social scientist who undertakes research into bioethical issues including reproduction, fatherhood, families, clinical ethics, research ethics and mental health. He teaches medical students as well as supervising PhD and Masters students, and delivers training around the world on bioethics research methodology and research ethics. He is on the medical ethics committees of the Royal College of GPs, and has sat on a wide range of clinical and research ethics committees. His work has been funded by Wellcome Trust, NIHR Department of Health, ESRC, AHRC, National Research Foundation of Korea, Brocher Foundation, amongst others. There will be refreshments at the event, and a continuation of the discussion in a pub afterwards. The event is open to anyone with an interest in the topic. There is a requested fee of £3 (£1 unwaged etc) to cover venue hire. It is free to members of Bristol Humanists. You can join on the night if you wish, or beforehand via our website http://bristol.humanist.org.uk/membership/

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