Chiltern Humanists provide fellowship and education for Humanists and other non-religious people throughout the Chilterns: from Aylesbury to the M25 and from Beaconsfield to Berkhampstead, - and beyond.
We hold regular monthly meetings, usually with an outside speaker in Wendover on the second Tuesday of the month or Amersham on the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings last about an hour and aim to provoke debate on secular issues, the oddities of religion and to challenge comfortable assumptions. Discussion from 7:30, talks start at 8:00.
We also hold regular social events.
Non-members are very welcome to all of our meetings.
We also have a library of interesting books on many topics.
Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Humanist Out of Time
John Webster, from the Oxford Humanists group, will give an audio-visual presentation on Shelley and the humanistic aspect of his thought. A reprint of Shelley's ground-breaking essay, The Necessity of Atheism, edited by Nicolas Walter, has recently been made available on Amazon by The Freethinker; it closely follows the original edition of 1811.
John will point up some of the humanism-related issues arising from Shelley?s work and show a DVD ?Shelley?s Golden Years in Italy?, which includes songs (progressive folk) drawing on his lyrics, narration by Benjamin Zephaniah, who is a Shelley admirer, and images from Italy. John has already shown the film to groups in Cambridge, Oxford and North London. It is an innovative approach to the poet, putting him into a contemporary format, and this promises to be an inspirational evening.
Wednesday 10 May Amersham Small Barn Hall
Humanism and Green Politics provisional
Siân believes it is up to us, and us alone, to look after our wonderful planet and all its people.
She is a green campaigner, politician and author, and a Patron of the British Humanist Association. Since joining the Green Party in 2001 she has been a candidate in numerous council and parliamentary elections, and was the Green candidate for London Mayor in 2008 and 2016. In 2016 she was elected as a member of the London Assembly.
As a campaigner, Siân has worked on a range of green and social issues, setting up the Alliance Against Urban 4x4s in 2004 and Reheat Britain, which successfully brought in a boiler scrappage scheme. A supporter of the Atheist Bus Campaign, she also focuses on social justice issues, and is a patron of the Fair Pay Network.
Siân has written a number of illustrated books on green issues and home improvement, including 50 ways to make your house and garden greener and Mend it!. Her next book will show how to make attractive household items from random articles of junk. She also contributed a chapter on having a greener festive season to The Atheist's Guide to Christmas.
It will be interesting to learn how far Siân's Humanist outlook has inspired her political activity, or vice versa.
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