Next Meetup

There will be a special event this Sunday November 18 at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. at Humanist House Chippendale. This will be the Sydney appearance of Babu Gogineni who is touring Australia in November 2018. Babu Gogineni is an Indian Humanist, rationalist, and human rights activist. He has been an Executive Director of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). He is a founder of the South Asian Humanist Association and the association Indian Humanists. In his activism, Gogineni campaigns against established privilege and abuse of rights done in the name of religion. He led IHEU's worldwide campaigns for the protection of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, and helped bring Pakistani freethinker Younus Shaikh to safety in Europe. In India, he successfully led the campaign for rehabilitation and protecting the rights of Sambhavi, a child who was claimed as a reincarnation of a Buddhist goddess. Babu will give a short talk and be available for an extensive Q&A on his work in India and the IHEU. He is an experienced and interesting speaker on humanism and secularism.

Humanist House

10 Shepherd St, Chippendale · Sydney

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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, 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.)

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