What we're about

Humanists are atheists and agnostics who make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.

The North Yorkshire Humanist Group began life in January 2005. We meet regularly to discuss issues of interest to humanists, and to support national and local campaigns that are relevant to humanists. Visitors and members come from all over Yorkshire (and beyond). The Group continues to grow and expand its activities.

We are an independent local group, who is a partner of Humanists UK.

Upcoming events (5+)

"Providing emotional support for people in distress" - The Samaritans

Denham Room of the Priory Street Centre

£2.00

The Samaritans were established in 1953, starting as a small one-man operation set up to provide a “999” line for people who were feeling suicidal. At the core of this early service was a desire to support people to find a way to help themselves on their terms. York Samaritans was established in 1967 and is now part of a large organisation across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The service has broadened, whilst still supporting those who have suicidal feelings the Samaritans are there to provide emotional support for anyone who may be experiencing difficulties or distress. Some of our York volunteers will talk to you about the Samaritans, giving an insight into who we are, what we do, how we do things and why we do things. On a local level we will tell you something about the work that we do in York That desire to support people to find a way to help themselves on their terms, which underpinned the setting up of Samaritans in 1953, remains relevant today. We believe that listening is a powerful tool and we will give an insight into how we listen and how you might be able to support someone by listening too.

"Fantastic planets, and how to find them" - Dr Emily Brunsden

Denham Room of the Priory Street Centre

£2.00

Imagine living in a world with three Suns, red jungles or endless night. These ideas have moved from fiction to reality as we discover more and more fantastic planets in our galaxy. This talk explains how we find such amazing worlds, how we know what they might be like and what we are still searching for out there. Dr Emily Brunsden is a Lecturer in the Department of Physics at York University. She specialises in Astrophysics and is the Director of Astrocampus - a teaching and outreach observatory at the University. Emily’s research interests include the spectroscopy of pulsating stars and higher education in physics and astrophysics.

Soapbox evening

Denham Room of the Priory Street Centre

£2.00

A Soapbox Evening, following on from our (usually brief) AGM. This is a chance for anyone to kick-off a short discussion about any topic of their choice. Come along and pose a question, give a point of view, have a rant, get something off your chest …. the floor’s yours! Come and kick-off a short discussion about any topic of your choice

"Universal Basic Income" - Dr Louise Haagh, University of York

Denham Room of the Priory Street Centre

£2.00

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