- 'Extreme Christianity'
A brilliantly presented and illustrated filmed lecture looks at religious extremism and the way that sects of many types grow and mutate. Professor Alex Ryrie provides many fascinating insights through the lens of the adventist movements which began in the US in the early 19th century. The lecture ends by looking at two descendants of the early movements, the Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses. They still command the support of tens of millions of followers. The viewing of the lecture, given at Gresham College in 2017 as part of a series on ‘Extreme Christianity’, will be followed by a discussion. Free entry. Open to all. Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us afterwards at The George (opp Wanstead Station) for further socialising
- An Evening with Helen Pankhurst
Helen will be speaking about, and signing copies of, her book ‘Deeds not words’ published in 2018. She is keen on audience participation with plenty of time for questions and discussion. Her book charts how women's lives have changed over the last century, and offers a powerful and positive argument for the way forward. 'An incredible book . . . Informative, enlightening, and with the potential to change women's lives.' Sandi Toksvig. Helen is a granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, who had strong ties with East London, not least wth the East London Federation of Suffragettes, and is a great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst. Helen is an important women’s rights activist in her own right, and is committed to carrying on the work of the famous Pankhurst dynasty. Free entry. Open to all. Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us afterward at the convivial George pub (opp Wanstead Tube) for further socialising.
- Education event with Dr Ruth Wareham
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.
- Urban Woodland Forage
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.