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.
By now the causes of climate change and the problems arising from it are pretty well known. But why is so little being done to combat it? Extinction Rebellion (XR) has decided that the conventional, polite, democratic means of protest are inadequate and more radical action is required. It seems to be working - awareness of the problems has greatly increased but so has frustration with XR's disruptive methods.
The speaker at this meeting will be Robin Launder. He is a schools speaker for Humanists UK and also a humanist ‘faith tutor’ at Eton College. In addition, he is an activist and speaker for Extinction Rebellion. He will give a picture of the ecological and climate emergency that we are facing and, more importantly, what we can do about it. There will be elements of the talk that are gloomy, but also a hopeful message...all is not lost if we act now and we act decisively. Robin believes that the messages contained within the XR talk are completely consistent with humanist thinking. To find out whether you agree, come along and have a listen.
A fascinating topic for a meeting that we were due to hold back in April and had to be cancelled due to Covid lockdown. We are grateful to Robin for agreeing to reschedule and to hold this meeting online.