What we're about

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Dorset Humanists is a friendly community group for humanists, atheists, agnostics and all non-religious people who want to live a good life and make the world a better place.

We meet several times a month in Bournemouth and other locations in Dorset for talks, lively debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, human rights, philosophy, politics and the environment. We have regular monthly pub social evenings, walks, cycle rides and meals.

Entry to events is free to members and non-members alike unless otherwise stated (an optional donation of £1-£3 towards venue hire is appreciated).

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Dorset Humanists is a partner of Humanists UK and an associate of the National Secular Society.

Join Dorset Humanists If you like what we do, and share our aims and values, become a member of Dorset Humanists. This gives you a greater sense of belonging, discounts on special events and evening courses, demonstrates to politicians and the world at large that we have a solid support base, helps support our group financially, and enables you to vote on group matters. Annual Membership is £15, students/unwaged £5.

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Coronavirus (@14th March 2020)

NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

• Don't attend a Dorset Humanists meeting if you have a high temperature (you feel hot to touch on your chest or back)

• Don't attend a Dorset Humanists meeting if you have a new continuous cough

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Government advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Stop coronavirus spreading:

• Do cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

• Do put used tissues in the bin immediately

• Do wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

• Do try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

• Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Upcoming events (5)

Coffee Club Online - All welcome - Tues 11th April 11am

Online event

Pour your own cuppa, click the link on the right, and say hello! You may like to suggest conversation topics in the chat function on the day or below in advance.

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We really want to stay in touch so we hope to see you. Just drop in and say hi and tell us how you're doing. David[masked]

Humanist Global Charity: Reaching Young Minds in Africa - 28th April 7.30pm

Join us for friendly meet and greet from 7.00pm. Talk starts at 7.30pm. Zoom Meeting ID:[masked]

Humanist Global Charity, founded in 2015, is a humanist charity based in California which works throughout the world. Our speaker Dan Beaton is a staff member. He will introduce the work of the organisation and the work he does teaching critical thinking, sexual health and nutrition. Dan studied philosophy to MA level at the University of Birmingham. He lives with his partner in London and they had the first humanist wedding in East Africa.

Steven Pinker and Daniel Dennett are Honorary Board Members of Humanist Global Charity which works toward a world with humanist values, that respects science, secular education, sustainability, kindness, & democracy. Its mission is to provide secular support to at-risk populations internationally, via educational opportunities, technological solutions, health assistance and small business grants. It works in 49 countries.


Pub social and film club with Dean - Thurs 6th May 7.30pm

Join us at 7.30pm or later for friendly social chat. Newcomers welcome and you can stay for as long as you like. Click the link on the right or input meeting ID plus password:

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To fill up a bit of lockdown time and give us something extra to chat about for 10 minutes or so we thought we'd do a film club. An easily accessible film that we can watch beforehand and talk about. You don't have to watch it and we won't be chatting about it all night so don't worry if you don't want to be involved with this bit.

Our third film choice is Four Lions which is available on Channel 4 On Demand until around the end of April so don't leave it to the last minute. Four Lions, a 2010 film by Chris Morris, is a farce about home-grown UK jihadis. A man who's disillusioned at the global treatment of Muslims wants to strike at the heart of the enemy. Thanks to Daniel for this film suggestion.

If you're not already registered with Channel 4 the process should be fairly straightforward. https://www.channel4.com/programmes/four-lions

The Equiano Project - Saturday 8th May 2pm

Online event

Join us on Zoom from 1.30pm for friendly meet and greet. Talk starts at 2pm.

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“Identity politics has failed us – it’s time for better ideas”.

The Equiano Project, founded in August 2020, is a forum for debate, discussion and ideas. It facilitates conversations about and promotes the values of freedom, humanism and universalism. Founder of the project Inaya Folarin Iman explains that the political ideology known as ‘identity politics’ has not brought about a more cohesive and tolerant society, but instead, has brought deeper division and social conflict. She says ‘It’s time for a new narrative on race’.

Our speaker Zara Qureshi (photo above) is Project Manager for the Equiano Project. Zara is a recent Politics and Modern Foreign Languages graduate and has spent the last six years of her life trying to master the art of asking questions about the world around her and think critically. In doing so, she’s been able to contribute her thoughts on London Live, BBC Radio Asian Network and in Parliament. As a direct result of her university experience on campus and in the classroom, Zara has been exploring race-related issues and free-speech issues.

The Equiano Project is named after the 18th-century writer and abolitionist, Olaudah Equiano.

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