Socialise and engage in stimulating and rational discussion with like-minded people. Work for a good life based on human values, not religious faith. Make the world a better place in the here and now, not a mythical hereafter. Celebrate the wonder of life and the search for scientific truth. Join our campaigns against divisive religious schools, religions dictating who can marry and against religious privilege generally. Formed in 2012 to promote Humanism in East London.
Dr Ruth Wareham said on her recent appointment as Education Campaigns Manager for Humanists UK:
"I am motivated by the firm conviction — cultivated through my career as a teacher and academic researcher— in the importance of inclusive, nonpartisan education which fully respects the rights and interests of children to form their own religion or belief. My research has led me to conclude that the problem of religious schools is one of the greatest problems in British life today."
Government plans for new discriminatory voluntary aided religious schools are aimed at areas like East London. Ruth will be talking about the current situation, her campaigning work, and what we can do to support it. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.
All welcome. Free entry. Doors open 7.00 for chatting and light refreshments. Meeting starts 7.30.
Join us afterwards at The George (opp Wanstead Tube) for further socialising.
Sample the wonders of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, London's largest urban woodland. Guided tour led by Park Manager, and Humanist celebrant, Kenneth Greenaway. (A claim to fame was conducting the funeral of Terry Pratchett). Ken is a brilliant and knowledgable speaker.
THCP was one of the great cemeteries created for the growing Victorian metropolis. It is rich in heritage, with many wonderful monuments, and is also rich in flora and fauna. It was closed to burials in 1966 and is now an amazing award-winning natural space in the heart of East London which has featured on BBC's Naturewatch programme.
Unlike most of our events there is a charge for attending. £12 waged; £10 concessions. Payment goes entirely to support THCP and will be collected at the park before the tour commences.
Meet at the Soanes Centre at the Southern Grove Entrance of the Park. Approx 5 minute walk from Mile End Tube. The centre has a toilet and light refreshments will be available.
Join us afterwards at one of the excellent traditional nearby pubs for further socialising.