We held another lively zoom session to review and discuss whether the various guises of Critical Justice Theories are compatible with humanism. Given that much of this scholarship is based on post-modern concepts that there is no objective reality the whole area appears to be at odds with the rational scientific approach of most humanist
To celebrate the end of lockdown we held our first ever summer garden party in Windsor which despite some members still feeling a little covid hesitant was well attended with some 20 people vying for seats and sausage rolls. We hope to make this a regular annual event in future as everyone appeared to have a great time!
For our first face to face talk in November Prof Robert McKeever from UCL in London spoke to us movingly about the Dignity in Dying Campaign to legalise Assisted Dying in the UK. Both the NSS and Humanist UK are campaigning hard to change our out of date laws which have not kept paced with modern medical developments.
Preview of the above very moving film by David George of Utility Films. A moving film letting people talk about their experiences of watching loved ones slowly die with terminal illnesses. Windsor Humanists fully support the Humanist UK campaign for assisted dying with appropriate safeguards.
Alistair Lichten from the National Secular Society talked to us via Zoom on the NSS campaign to end all faith schools & also compulsory morning worship. Humanist UK also have an active campaign against faith schools which we consider to be an anachronism in a majority non religious diverse
country such as the UK. We support teaching comparative religion.
To celebrate the local inter faith groups WAMCF's 40th anniversary CHair Dr Anthony Lewis was invited to talk about 'Why do Humans Suffer?' as part of a series of inter faith dialogues on different topics. Other speakers included other local faith leaders such as Jonathen Romaine the Rabbi of M'head Synagogue.
In May we held a lively zoom to discuss the compact guide to just 8 Humanist Values that are described in the new booklet 'From Atheism to Humanism' - which was developed by the Humanistically Speaking Team - a valuable resource for School Speakers and all those involved in inter faith dialogue.
Mike Flood spoke about the dangers that on-line fake news plus alternative facts present to our hard won freedoms. We had hoped to meet face to face but covid restrictions made this yet another zoom event but we had a great turnout despite this & a lively discussion afterwards!
The National Secular Society Chief Stephen Evans gave us an excellent overview of the NSS and secularism in the UK in November, followed by a lively Q&A session which had an unexpected focus on the campaign to end all gential cutting of children. Clearly a difficult topic for many.
In September we had a lively discussion evening reviewing members best books which they had read recently which had had a signifcant impact. Our members are clearly a well read and very diverse bunch in their outlook and focus which made for a great evening and an even better discussion.
Our very own founding member Roger Heppleston gave a passonate talk about how the moderate religioius and non rel;igious need to co-operate to save earth's environment and to secure the enlightenment. Roger is now taking his talk on a nationwide tour to other humanist groups and yoiu can buy his book via the link aboe on amazon.
Windsor Humanists hosted in March the last in the 3 year series of multi faith dialogues organised by WAMCF. The event was a great success attended by over 60 people from across the Borough. EHT topic for discussion was apt - What Does it Mean to be Human? The picture above shows Roger doing a stirling job on the car parking and thanks go to Lucy for speaheading the effforts in the kitchen!
Head of Ceremonies Isobel Russo visited Windsor in September to speak to us very passionately about her personal motivation for promoting humanists ceremonies. Her talk was heartfelt being based on her own life experience which was very moving. There was a lively Q&A session afterwards.
Prof Chris French gave a brilliant and entertaining talk in Nov 2017 about his research into the anomalistic science of the paranormal, and how 80% of us still to some extent hold on to superstitions and belief in unseen forces. Many water diviners are scientists despite the technique being no better than guesswork when tested properly!
Jay Harman from the BHA spoke to us in November 2016 about the BHA campaign to resist the spread of Faith Schools in the UK and ensure fair admission and access for all pupils to the best schools reagrdless of the beliefs of their parents. Press the above image to link to the BHA web pages for more details on the campaign.
Luke Donnelan from the BHA spoke to us in May 2016 about the excellent resources now available to Parents, Teachers and pupils about humanism. This is one of the BHA campaigns that Windor HUmanists are currently actively supporting. You can link to the resources by pressing the image above.
The best attended of all our events in 2016. There was a vigorous and lively debate just a week before the vote with a wide range of views and opinions expressed both for Leave and Remain. A follow debate was held in September on British Values jointly with teh Slough Faith Partnership which was equally lively and well attended. Debates are clearly popular!
Group Annual Meeting 2015 (GRAM) - in November Roger Heppleston and Anthony Lewis represented WIndsor Humanists at this annual meeting which is used by the BHA to liase and co-ordinate the local Partner Groups from around the BHA. See the Gallery under the information tab above for a selection of pictures from this event.
Discussion Evening on the Impact of Extreme Religion on Humanity organised in partnership with the Slough Faith Partnership following the showing of the film Timbuktu by the Slough Film Co-operative as part of the National Inter Faith Week -Tuesday 24th November 2015 - over 20 people attended and contributed to a lively discussion which ranged across many complex issues including the process of radicalisation, segregation of religious groups in their respective 'belief islands' and the infuence, or not, of faith schools in hindering integration.....
Understanding between religious families and their gay children - Tuesday 13th Oct 2015 - Matt Ogsdon talked to us about his charity work for the Nazand Matt Foundation which he set up following the tragic death of his partner Naz. The local paper the Slough & Windsor Eton Express featured Matts talk in their News section - see the Information tab above for a copy of the article - link
Memes, Society and Human Evolution Tuesday 13th June - our local member Roger Heppleston gave us a tour of his recent new book Memes, Society and Human Evolution on Tuesday 9th June which was followed by a lively Q&A session - Rogers book can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk
Our First Open Mike Night at the Waterman Arms in Eton on Tuesday 12th May 2015 - Peter Wilson started proceedings with a most excellent irreverent Comedy Warm up, Duncan Pollock followed with a warm heartfelt erudition on his take on Humanism, Helen, Rosie and Ellie gave us a mature thoughtful overview of what is taught in RI & Ehtics in one of our local schools, I asked the group for help with my issues with religious freedom of conscience, and finally but by no means least Peter then described his family's heart wrenching experience of coping with mental ill health. There was lively and very active Q&A throughout the night with both supportive, challenging and insightful contributions from the 18+ people. The format was a great success. We also had several new members attend. Thanks again to Gillian at the Waterman Arms for providing the venue for our use.
First Speaker Event Tuesday 10th March - David Savage founding member of Farnham Humanists and BHA Head of Pastoral Support described to the 20+ people attending his motivations for being a humanis and his efforts in improving the pastoral support to the non-religious in the NHS and in prisons.
Inaugural Social Meeting of the Windsor Humanists was held on Tuesday 13th January 2015 at the Duchess of Cambridge pub on the Highstreet Windsor - 22 people turned up at this first ever event and it was incredible how despite having never met before it felt like a meeting of friends, it was certainly a meeting of like minded free thinking people....... a great start to an exciting journey.
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