Next Meetup

NSW Humanist Meetup's new year will start at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday January 27 at Humanist House, 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale with a talk and discussion looking at humanism itself. Later in 2019, Sydney will host a modest yet ambitious convention at Humanist House on The Future of Australian Humanism. At the Meetup on January 27 we will discuss what remains precious in the humanist tradition, as well as what form the movement for humanism needs to take in the years to come, to attract and hold members, volunteers, funders and intellectual, inspirational and pragmatic leaders. Being based in human values, humanism is a fluid conception needing individual flexibility and recurrent discussion, and all this is overdue in the 21st century. This is a century in which humanity itself might become technologically malleable. There has never been a more important time for humanism to provide an alternative to all kinds of phony ideologies. Input from new and younger Meetup members will be vital to the discussion. The speaker will be Murray Love, President of Humanist Society of NSW. Sunday Open House events are for those new to Humanism, seeking to renew Humanism, having new perspectives on Humanism, or making new friendships in a Humanist community. At these gatherings there'll be conversation and campaigning, partying and philosophising, views and visions. The Sunday Open House events are designed to appeal to all kinds of non-believers looking for an alternative to pub venues in an atmosphere that allows time and space for good conversation on interesting topics.

Humanist House

10 Shepherd St, Chippendale · Sydney

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, a delight in the world as it is and as it could be.

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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