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About Kent Humanists

Kent Humanists meet on the third Sunday of each month at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in Humanism and are not restricted to members, we ask only for a nominal contribution towards the hire of the hall.

You can become a full member of Kent Humanists for an annual subscription of £15.00 or £10.00 if you are a member of the national organisation Humanists UK. Students who take advantage of Humanists UK free subscription scheme may also join Kent Humanists for free. Please email kent@humanistgroups.org.uk for further details.

The 2019/2020 Committee are:

Steve Bowen - Chair

Wendy Rumsey - Secretary

Martin Nunn - Treasurer

Nicholas Reed, Glynis Rollings, Murray Hallwood.

Our Charity of the year 2019-2020

At each AGM Kent Humanists choose a charity to support for the year. This year's charity is The Kitchen CT9, part of the charitable company, Thanet Iceberg Project. The Kitchen provides home cooked meals largely prepared from surplus food either for free or an affordable donation. It offers a community space, a warm place to spend the day, mental health support and creative activity. It also runs a community fridge scheme.

"You drop off good but unwanted food
We check it is safe to eat and packaging is undamaged
We relabel it with clear guidance on its use by date
We store it in the Fridge or Freezer as appropriate
Anyone can help themselves to what is on the shelf."

There will be an opportunity to donate cash at our regular monthly meetings.

Humanist Speakers

Kent Humanists are always pleased to consider requests to talk about any aspect of humanism to your group or society. Please contact us directly if this is of interest.

We also have a number of trained school speakers accredited by Humanists UK available for assemblies, classroom talks and diversity days with material suitable for all year groups. Please book through Humanists UK who will forward the request to us.

Our program for 2019/2020

"Love and Dying" a film on assisted dying by Utility Films

Sunday 15th March 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

A chance to see an early screening of this film by Isle of Wight based filmakers David and Jill George (pictured). Lasting approximately one hour the documentary explores the subject of assisted dying and whether there should be a change in the current law, a question which is of particular interest to the humanist movement. We will follow the screening with a group discussion on the ethiclal issues raised.

Ariane Sherine: Talk Yourself Better

Sunday 19th April 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Ariane is a British musical stand-up comedian, comedy writer and journalist. She created the Atheist Bus Campaign, which ran in 13 countries during January 2009. Her talk is on the theme of mental health and therapy and is a very personal talk which features the Atheist Bus Campaign and the hate mail she received from religious people as a result.

The Work of the Defence Humanist

Sunday 17th May 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Defence Humanists brings together service personnel, veterans, Ministry of Defence staff, and their families to represent the interests of the non-religious in the armed forces. It organises events and community activities for its members and leads Humanists UK’s participation in Remembrance Day events and similar activities around the UK

Ann Furedi

Sunday 21st June 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

I'm sure everyone who came to Ann's discussion on "The Moral Case For Abortion" will welcome her as she returns to bring us up to date with the changes in the abortion landscape following the recent legal and political rulings in Eire and Northern Ireland

No More Faith Schools: A talk by Alastair Lichten of the NSS

Sunday 19th July 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

From faith schools to coercive worship, and from confessional RE to faith based sex education, our school system is full of inappropriate religious influence, privilege and discrimination. But it doesn't need to be this way, our many fantastic community schools show how we can move towards a secular, inclusive education system. The National Secular Society's head of education, Alastair Lichten, will talk about the Society's No More Faith Schools campaign, along with their other education focussed campaigns. Alastair Lichten is the Society's head of education, joined the NSS in 2014 to work on a variety of their campaigns, before focusing on education. He currently coordinates the No More Faith Schools campaign.

Summer Social

Sunday 16th August 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Please bring your friends and family and join us for our annual Summer "Bring and Share Social". Confirmation of details to follow.

Is the UK really a leader in animal welfare? A talk by The Humane League.

Sunday 20th September 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

We're a nation of animal lovers and as such we like to call ourselves a leader in animal welfare or even the leader in animal welfare but is it really true? In this talk we'll look bradly across different sections of animals in our society from companion animals, farm animals to those used in entertainment and research.

There will no doubt be somesurprises and some advances in law around the world that you won't have heard about but are setting new precedents in protecting the welfare of sentient beings other than humans.

Etty Hillesum - A Talk by Philip Knight with readings by Victoria Field

Sunday 18th October 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Etty Hillesum (1914-1943) was a secular Dutch Jew who wrote a diary of over 1000 written pages in Nazi occupied Amsterdam and then letters from Westerbork Concentration Campwhere she had volunteered to help her fellow Jews the best she could. The diary is a testimony to the development of her human spirit against the most appalling background and includes deep philosophical reflection on a number of issues including her thoughts about gender relations. She adopted a unique definition of God with which many humanists would find it hard to disagree and despite her historical circumstances insisted on the beauty of life refusing to turn bitter preferring instead love over hatred, dignity over humiliationand forgiveness over thoughts of revenge. She was murdered at Auschwitz in November 1943 aged 29. She wrote in her diary “We lack a historical sense; forget that even those about to perish are part of history. I hate nobody. I am not embittered. And once the love of mankind has germinated in you it will grow without measure” (Etty. pp. 491-2).

Annual General Meeting

Sunday 22nd November 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

A members only event. Your chance to feedback on the year's events, suggest ideas for the following year and elect your committee. We will also be taking nominations for the charity we will be supprting through 2021.

Winter Social

Sunday 20th December 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Please bring your friends and family and join us for our annual Winter "Bring and Share Social". Confirmation of details to follow.

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