- Community Outing: Twilight Walk at Mulligans Flat BOOK NOW
You MUST book your tickets here: https://mulligansflat.org.au/event/woodlands-twilight-tour-24-04-19/ Cost is $49.50 per person. SPACE is LIMITED and this event is open to the public so BOOK NOW! A night tour at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is a unique experience to step back in time and experience the Australian bush as it was 100 years ago. At night things really come to life in the Sanctuary. Nocturnal animals awaken hungry and looking for food. An Ecologist will take you deep into the Sanctuary, inside the predator-proof fence, where native animals are thriving in the absence of foxes and feral cats. On the tour you might be lucky enough to witness the Eastern Bettong foraging on native truffles in the wild (this species has been extinct from the Australian mainland for almost 100 years). Or see a tiny sugar glider eating nectar from the top of a flowering eucalyptus tree (photo was taken by one of our members on this tour in January). You can observe various kangaroo and wallaby species feeding in their natural environment. Possums are often spotted slowly walking along the ground from tree to tree, as they have adapted to their predator free environment.
- ACT Humanist Society Forum: Jordan Peterson and Humanism
We will learn more about Jordan Peterson and discuss whether his teachings and his popularity are significant for humanists and Humanist organisations and if so, what action should be taken. The Forum is also a great opportunity to meet members of the ACT Humanist Society. This month's forum will be held at a new location: Meeting Room 6 The Griffin Centre 07/20 Genge Street, Canberra City Please phone Mary-Anne on[masked] if you arrive late and cannot get in.
- Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees
Join Canberra Humanists at the Refugee Action Campaign’s Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees. Meet at the Petrie Plaza Carousel at 12:30. Look for the “Canberra Humanists Supporting Refugees” sign. Enough is enough! Further details:: https://www.facebook.com/events/856286414702865/
- Humanist social gathering and discussion
Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on " China's Social Credit system - implications for the West and the role of free will." There will be a ten minute introduction to spark discussion. Everyone will have an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted. We will be in a room called the "Castle room", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle room is, just ask at the Bar. For any last minute problems or issues, Liz's mobile is[masked]. Hope to see you there.
- ACT Humanist Society Forum: the EAT-Lancet Planetary Diet
CAN THE WORLD SHIFT TO HEALTHY DIETS FROM SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS? The Lancet is a family of journals that uphold the highest standards in medical science. On 16 January 2019, the Lancet published Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems, produced by 19 Commissioners and 18 co-authors from 16 countries. Food systems are currently damaging human health and damaging the environment. The Commission quantifies a standard reference diet based on extensive scientific research, that can be adapted for all food cultures and production systems in the world. A global shift toward this diet would vastly improve human health and wellbeing and significantly reduce environmental damage. We will learn more about this issue and discuss whether it is significant for humanists and Humanist organisations and if so, what action should be taken. The Forum is also a great opportunity to meet members of the ACT Humanist Society. The Forum is held at a member's home in O'Connor so please contact Mary-Anne on[masked] for the address
- ACT Humanist Society - short course on Humanism over six Sundays
NOTE: To enrol in the course please go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=472423& The ACT Humanist Society is offering a short (6 classes on consecutive Sundays) course on Humanism. With the latest census results showing more than 30% of Australians rejecting religion Humanism is the leading candidate to replace religion as a source of values and meaning in life. Humanistic thinkers predate Christianity and Islam and there are a wealth of sources to draw from in understanding Humanism. The course presents key humanist concepts with a view to encouraging people to analyse them, and use them to develop their own ideas, rather than presenting them as a rigid official orthodoxy. Enrolling in this course is a chance to find out more about Humanism, and to meet other Canberrans interested in Humanism The course will be at the Weston Creek Community Centre and starts on Sunday March 10, finishing on April 14. Classes are from 10:30am till midday. Prices: $60.00 for employed people, $30.00 for others. For ACT Humanist society members $40.00 for employed members and $20.00 for other members. To enrol in the course go here https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=472423& For more information please contact Lyndon Storey email: [masked] phone:[masked]
- Community Outing: Love & Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate
Meet at the National Gallery near the ticket desk. Enter a world of Love & Desire as the Tate lends exclusive masterpieces from its unsurpassed collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://nga.gov.au/lovedesire/. In mid-nineteenth century Britain, a group of rebellious young artists emulated the spirit of early Renaissance painting in protest against the art establishment of the era and society at large. Radically flouting convention, these artists revelled in the use of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering. The Pre-Raphaelites drew inspiration from the great love stories of history and literature, the tempestuousness of lustful entanglements, and the wonder of religious icons. They created a new artistic genre, sometimes poetic and sexy and sometimes raw, that combined medieval romanticism with modern life to produce literary scenes, portraits and landscapes rich in symbolism. Love & Desire features 40 of the Tate’s most famous and best-loved works, alongside 40 loans from other British and Australian collections. With masterpieces such as John Everett Millais’ Ophelia 1851–52 and William Holman Hunt’s The Awakening conscience 1853, this exhibition is a stunning survey of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. These masterpieces are rarely lent and most have never been seen in Australia before—this exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
- Humanist social gathering and discussion
Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on " How can we best use our time? Time is our most irreplaceable asset—we cannot buy more of it. We cannot get a second of it back. We can only hope to waste as little as possible. Yet somehow we treat it as the most renewable of all resources." There will be a ten minute introduction to spark discussion. Everyone will have an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted. We will be in a room called the "Castle room", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle room is, just ask at the Bar. For any last minute problems or issues, Liz's mobile is[masked]. Hope to see you there.
- Humanist Book Club: Semiosis
This is the first get together of the Canberra Humanists Book Club. Let's get together and discuss "Semiosis". What happens when a group of Humanists leave a battered planet and begin a new life elsewhere? Can they live up to the values they held before leaving home? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35018907-semiosis
- ACT Humanist Society Forum: Building empathy for our indigenous people
February is Black History month. At our next ACT Humanist Society Forum we will think about and discuss how our community can build better understanding and empathy for Australia's indigenous people, both here and interstate. The Forum is also a great opportunity to meet members of the ACT Humanist Society. The Forum is held at a member's home in O'Connor so please contact Mary-Anne on[masked] for the address