What we're about

Welcome New Humanists - those new to Humanism, renewing Humanism, with new ideas on Humanism, or seeking new friendships in a Humanist community.

Humanism is a flexible, open-minded life philosophy which forgoes religious delusion. We explore our common humanity in an awesome world. There is no dogma but a shared reality and basic human values like compassion, reason and fairness. Humanism can be seen in the best aspects of the modern Enlightenment - secularism, science, social democracy, human rights - yet with a post-modern skepticism, a concern for the biosphere, with a delight in the world as it is - and as it could be.

Much of what follows has been affected by social and legal responses to the current pandemic, so please expect a significant degree of adaption in pursuing our goals which always include community-building.

A Humanist Meetup offers a caring community where we grow as persons - enhancing human capacities, fine-tuning ethical sensitivities, finding nourishing companionship, becoming 'citizens of humanity'. This works best for those who come often. Good people take time to get to know, and understanding grows when we view and cultivate our humanity from a range of key perspectives. Of course those who wish to just try a taste from time to time are also welcome.

There's no entry charge for our Meetups - just donations for food and drink. At 3pm on 4th Sundays of the month is New Humanists Sunday Open House - an open, safe, friendly space facilitating comfortable discussion and enjoyable learning, partying, philosophising, discussing, listening, sharing, growing, laughing, Topics are broad enough for participation at all levels, yet deep enough to enhance humanist understanding for those engaging wholistically.

Once members are comfortable at Humanist House they may consider our sponsors the Humanist Society of NSW. At 3pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month we have society speaker events. (Note these aren't always customised for newcomers in the same way as Open House events. The Society is now over 50 years old with a treasured heritage.)

We're building a community, so please don't be shy in offering thoughts and suggestions.

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MASK-TO-MASK RE-ENACTIVISM INTER-EXCHANGE

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NSW Humanists Meetup will be holding its first MASK-TO-MASK on Sunday 14 November 2021 from 3.00 to 5.00 pm, at Humanist House in Chippendale titled 'MASK-TO-MASK RE-ENACTIVISM INTER-EXCHANGE'. Please come along to kick things off again.

It's called MASK-TO-MASK because we'll still need to have masks on our faces while we're indoors. Please bring a mask and please wear it, along with all the other requirements regarding distances and vaccinations.

It's called INTER-EXCHANGE to really stress the point that it'll be about sharing ideas and aspirations rather than expecting an entertaining talk or to just vote for someone else to do something. But no-one needs to be an expert, or have a special action plan before they speak. The only thing you need to BYO is your brain and some goodwill. We can dream big as long as we don't impose on others.

It's called RE-ENACTIVISM because activism has been a bit difficult lately and energy need to be revivified. I thought it was just a made-up word but there really is a word 'enactivism' meaning "a position in cognitive science that argues that cognition arises through a dynamic interaction between an acting organism and its environment." This doesn't sound so very far from what we hope for on the day!

Too often 'activism' isn't distinct enough from political agitation, but a better activism is a long-term process bringing more to the lives of those involved and to those they hope to help. We want to think about things we can do together, building a community around being better humans in a better world. All in small steps of course.

I know people will ask what I'm talking about and one model might be the kind of things a men's shed can achieve - at its best, of course. But then once you put up a model people get focused on that one thing - but it's just an example people!

Please come along and share your dreams. We'd love to see you.

FACE-TO-FACE@HUMANIST HOUSE:

Humanist House

FACE-TO-FACE@HUMANIST HOUSE events allow a wide community of nonbelievers to share ideas in a dedicated space, in an atmosphere that allows time and space for good conversation on interesting topics - subject of course to pandemic requirements.

There will be a limit of 20 people attending so please be on time on the day i.e. 3.00 PM. There will be some extra routines needed. There will not be food and drink available but please bring your own snacks. Soft drinks are available across the laneway.

Please RSVP to indicate an intention to come, but a place cannot be guaranteed except by early attendance. As some people overbook or appear unexpectedly, the number of RSVPs is never a guide to how many actually turn up. Nor can we reserve places for an unticketed event.

AFTERNOON TALK

Humanist House

Our speaker events on the second Sunday of each month will continue on Zoom until conditions allow for relaxed attendance at our headquarters in Chippendale. Watch this space for details closer to the event time.

FACE-TO-FACE@HUMANIST HOUSE:

Humanist House

FACE-TO-FACE@HUMANIST HOUSE events allow a wide community of nonbelievers to share ideas in a dedicated space, in an atmosphere that allows time and space for good conversation on interesting topics - subject of course to pandemic requirements.

There will be a limit of 20 people attending so please be on time on the day i.e. 3.00 PM. There will be some extra routines needed. There will not be food and drink available but please bring your own snacks. Soft drinks are available across the laneway.

Please RSVP to indicate an intention to come, but a place cannot be guaranteed except by early attendance. As some people overbook or appear unexpectedly, the number of RSVPs is never a guide to how many actually turn up. Nor can we reserve places for an unticketed event.

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