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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.

Upcoming events (5)

NSW ZOOMANISTS ONLINE: LES ALLAN ON WHY HE CALLS HIMSELF A HUMANIST

On Sunday 12 July 2020 at 3.00 pm online via Zoom, NSW Humanists Meetup's first ever Zoom speaker will be Les Allan of rationalrealm.com. The title of his talk will be: 'Why I am a Humanist'. The event will finish by 5.00 pm. Les lives in Melbourne where he explores the nature of reality, the norms of rational belief, and how we apply them to our core ideas. With people's personal beliefs and our socially shared paradigms demonstrating such bewildering diversity, rationalrealm.com seeks to deconstruct many of the irrationalities of our time. Les's own early experiences shaped his Humanism. In his talk Les will describe three dimensions of humanism: reason and evidence, compassion and equality, and autonomy and dignity. He will illustrate with historical and contemporary examples, drawing out what it means to live a good life - a life of meaning and purpose. Please RSVP as usual to the event, but participation will require a PC with Zoom software and broadband Internet. To be connected you will need to supply an email address. Please send your email address to [masked]. We apologise in advance for any delays in getting things underway on the day, as many new adjustments are likely to be needed. Latecomers may experience significant further delays, so please be on time. On this occasion we will have a purely online event, but we will explore hybrid events in the future, with some having the choice to gather at a single location, such as Humanist House at Chippendale.

FACE-TO-FACE@HUMANIST HOUSE: HUMANISM IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC

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Our next FACE-TO-FACE, three-dimensional, 'in person' Meetup will be on Sunday 26 July 2020 at Humanist House in Chippendale, 3-5PM. It is vital to be on time. This will be the first such event held since March 8. The theme for the discussion will be 'HUMANISM IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC'. There'll be a short talk to get things started. Humanism is always about humanity and community, and lock-downs and social distancing make this difficult. Yet we hope those who make it to this event will be those wanting to share with others face-to-face and ready to think about how new communities and friendships can bond across the 1.5 metre barrier. NSW Humanists Meetup events have always been for those new to Humanism, seeking to renew Humanism, having new perspectives on Humanism, or making new friendships in a Humanist community. Yet pandemic conditions impede outreach to new people. This is a serious problem and we will be making a serious effort to find serious answers. We will need to find new ways to find each other. 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. A virus safety plan will be in place, and everyone attending will be expected to comply with its requirements. 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.

NSW ZOOMANISTS ONLINE: MURRAY LOVE ON ALTERNATIVE HUMANISMS

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NSW Humanists Meetup's ZOOMANISTS ONLINE event for Sunday 9 August 2020, will be Murray Love speaking on ALTERNATIVE HUMANISMS. Murray is the President of the Humanist Society of NSW. In order to grow in a competitive 21st century world, the Australian Humanist movement will need to consider alternatives. This means trying to appeal to a more diverse population, and learning to place our various Humanistic ideas and ideals in a networked context. We can also look at historic and contemporary usage of the terms Humanist and Humanism that many 'Humanists' might be unaware of. On Please RSVP as usual to the event, but participation will require a PC with Zoom software and broadband Internet. To be connected you will need to supply an email address. Please send your email address to [masked]. We apologise in advance for any delays in getting things underway on the day, as many new adjustments are likely to be needed. Latecomers may experience significant further delays, so please be on time. This may be a purely online event, but might also be a hybrid event, with some having the choice to gather at a single location, such as Humanist House at Chippendale.

FACE-TO-FACE@HUMANIST HOUSE: ETHICAL ATHEISM

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NSW Humanists Meetup's FACE-TO-FACE@HUMANIST HOUSE for Sunday 23 August 2020 will be titled ETHICAL ATHEISM. Ethical Atheism can be considered as Humanism stripped to the basics. We will also be inviting members of a small associated Meetup named Sydney Ethical Atheists. This event will make the most sense if it attracts members unsure about taking on the label Humanist, yet ready to accept they have grown out of religion, while still wanting to be part of an Ethical community. Some might prefer to call themselves 'spiritual' - without implying a life beyond the world we know. And there's no requirement to call yourself an 'Atheist'. We're using the A word to stand starkly beside the E word and make the point clearly. As usual, we will have a short talk to get things started. There is a limit of 20 people in the building. Humanism can get complicated pretty quickly. So we'll peel things back, and begin with the slightly less complicated issue of living an Ethical Life without religion. Here again, we might use different descriptions, but basically we mean living a good life, and leaving things better for having been there. Atheism is simply choosing not to believe in any gods. for the simple reason that no-one has ever found any realistic evidence for them. There are those who claim trees and tides are evidence for a god but this is no different from thinking thunderclaps are the hammers of Thor! Atheism and Theism are based on exactly the same evidence, so we won't be discussing those much. But there's plenty to discuss in the word 'Ethical'. Of course there are many ways to be ethical, and the last thing we need is to be arguing or finger-pointing over who is more 'ethically correct' than whom. Let's leave that to the virtue signallers on Twitter. If you're ready to share in an ethical community, come along and make a start. But remember it's BYO ethics. Don't come along to judge everyone else, and decide if they're good enough for you. That's not how it works. Hope we see you there. 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. A virus safety plan will be in place, and everyone attending will be expected to comply with its requirements. 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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