What we're about

SELHuG is a group for humanists, and people interested in a non-religious world view, in south-east London.

We hold monthly meetings, often with a speaker, to discuss philosophy and ethics, current affairs and social justice issues. We organise public and social events, and support humanist campaigns and charities. SELHuG is also a hub for professional and volunteer practitioners in south-east London such as humanist celebrants, school volunteers and interfaith activists.

The regular monthly meetings are on the first Thursday of every month in New Cross. We usually hold another social event at another point in the month (walk, museum or exhibition visit, lunch, etc) and have an ongoing campaign to allow Humanists on BBC's 'Thought for the Day' which has us meeting outside Broadcasting House on the second Tuesday of every month.

Lots of our members aren't on Meetup so the numbers on here aren't always very descriptive of the numbers attending a particular event! We usually have an average of 20 - 30 people at monthly meetings.

More details and a sign up to our newsletter can be found at http://selondon.humanist.org.uk/

Upcoming events (2)

We are History exhibition

Somerset House

Let’s start the New Year with a social visit to this small but thought-provoking exhibition.
We will meet in the entrance hall on the Terrace rooms side of Somerset House at 11.20.
You need to book the 11.30 slot online as numbers are controlled, but it’s FREE and you can just add a donation at time of booking or on the day. https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/we-are-history
Somerset House is a short walk down the Strand from Charing Cross station.
We will meet in the café afterwards (the internal café nearest the exhibition).

The exhibition is described as:
We Are History, a new group exhibition offering a different perspective on humanity’s impact on the planet by tracing the complex interrelations between today’s climate crisis and legacies of colonialism. The exhibition spotlights the works of 11 artists with personal connections to countries in the Caribbean, South America and Africa, bringing to the fore the perspectives of their communities, not as an afterthought in climate debates, but as the source of resonant ideas and imagery related to social and environmental justice.

Defining Humanism

Online event

An exploration of definitions old and new delving into the most fascinating subject of all – “What is life all about and how should we live it?”

Is individual freedom at the heart of the good life? Or is it civic engagement? At what point does libertarianism become destructive? Is society still at risk of making science a religion? Should maximum personal fulfilment really be the aim of Humanism?

Exploring definitions of humanism plunges us into the most fascinating ideas and conversations. Working out a philosophy for humanity requires knowledge of what people are like and how societies work – still very much a work in progress! It also requires knowledge of the wider natural world and our relationship with it.

But the problems we face are pressing; we urgently need good ideas. A look at definitions past and present show the dangers of the day and how humanists have ‘pushed back’ against war, totalitarian governments, terrifying technologies and more.

What are the threats we face today? How will we define Humanism to help us now?

Join the conversation with Hester Brown, SELHuG Secretary, as she explores definitions starting with the 1952 Amsterdam Declaration agreed by the first World Humanist Congress, forerunner of Humanists International, and its 2002 update.

Past events (164)

Ethical Dilemmas

Online event

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