What we're about

Welcome to Canberra Humanist Community!

Our group runs discussions on a range of interesting topics, a Community Forum where you can have your say about how the Community is organised and get to know other Canberra Humanists, and community outings to various points of interest around Canberra.

If you’re not sure what Humanism is all about yet, you can find out more at https://humanistsaustralia.org/humanism , or ask us at one of our Meetups.

Our Meetups are a safe space for engaging in discussion. With us, you can voice your opinion, and have your views heard and respected. You can feel free to challenge the ideas that are put forward, and engage in robust discussion about them. We ask you to treat each other with mutual respect and consideration. While debating the ideas, there is no place here for criticism of people. We speak respectfully to each other, even when we disagree.

Those who come to our Meetups are asked to adhere to the Humanists Australia Code of Conduct ( https://bit.ly/ha-conduct-pdf ). We do not allow harassment of any kind, or promotion of any goods, services or groups unrelated to humanism (except by prior permission of the organisers).

Upcoming events (4+)

Humanist Book Club - The Poisonwood Bible

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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -- from garden seeds to Scripture -- is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

This intense and character-driven novel, which was nominated for the Pultizer prize for fiction, will given us the chance to explore themes such as colonialism, white evangelical efforts in Africa, perceptions of disability and much more. Hope to see you there!

This is a combined in person and Zoom event.
The in person meeting will be held at the City Labor Club, 16 Petrie Plaza, Canberra City. In the area upstairs.
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Support Mubarak Bala - imprisoned in Nigeria for blasphemy

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Join Bruce Taggart outside the Nigerian Embassy in support of Mubarak Bala.

Mubarak Bala is a Nigerian atheist and president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria. Bala has faced persecution and arrest for leaving Islam and publicly expressing atheist views. He was sentenced in April to 24 years imprisonment for blasphemy.

What is Humanism?

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For tens, even hundreds of thousands of years, humans have been wondering about their place in the universe, and pondering fundamental questions about their existence. Find out how Humanism is a framework for answering these fundamental questions.

This is a presentation lasting approximately 45 minutes by Mary-Anne Cosgrove, Canberra Humanists Community leader. It will be followed by a Q&A session.

The slides for this session are available here: http://bit.ly/what-is-humanism-cbr

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Discussion Group: Voluntary Assisted Dying

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Voluntary Assisted Dying, introduced by Mary-Anne.

IN PERSON - venue to be determined

BY ZOOM: Details below.

Arrive at 6:30 if you're new to the group and would like to find out more about Canberra Humanists or Humanism in general. Discussion will start at 6:45pm, over dinner.

There will be a brief introduction to spark discussion. Everyone will have an equal opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

Join via Zoom on your smartphone, tablet or computer at the link below, or to join by phone (audio only), call[masked] and enter:
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For any last minute problems or technical issues, call Mary-Anne on[masked]. Hope to see you soon.

Past events (242)

Discussion Group: Gender Identity

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