- ACT Humanist Society Member's Forum: Humanism and Popular Culture
ACT Humanist Society member's forums are for members and guests who are considering joining. This month we will discuss Humanism in popular culture. What TV shows, movies and books have you seen that support Humanist values or mention Humanism? This month's forum will be held at its usual location, a member's home in O'Connor. Please contact Mary-Anne on[masked] for the address.
- Humanist social gathering and discussion: NEW START TIME
STARTING 30 MINS EARLIER THAN USUAL. Meet at 5:30 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion at 6pm on "Free Speech."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.
- Vote Climate Rally
Change our politics, not our planet! Bob Brown's convoy protesting the Adani coal mine will culminate in a massive Vote Climate Rally here in Canberra, on the lawns of Parliament House on Sunday May 5. Speakers for the morning include Bob Brown, Richard Flanagan, School Strikers Tess and Taliah, Kelly O'Shanassy, Blair Palese, MC’ed by Alex Sloan ..and Paul Kelly will join us to sing! With the momentum of our inspirational school strikers, we need to keep building our groundswell of ordinary Australians calling for climate action. Bring friends and family - all welcome. Organised by StopAdani Canberra and the Bob Brown Foundation.
- Humanist Book Club: Soul of an Octopus
Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways. Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2U9s5cc Kindle edition with audio: https://amzn.to/2HP82Jv Book depository paperback: https://bit.ly/2CDb9Rv Or from your local bookstore.
- 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]