You can see our past updates and newsletters in our archive here.
Here are some of the topics we’ve covered in our main meetings. As you can see, they include ethical issues intended to help SWLH people come to their own conclusions, others are on campaigning issues, or science, or the arts….
Once a year the meeting is a higher-profile Public Lecture, usually held at a venue in Kingston:
2019 – Sarbjit Kaur Athwal, Clive Driscoll “Understanding ‘honour’ based violence”
2018 – Prof Francis Pakes “Does prison work?
2017 – Dr Helena Cronin “Sex differences at work”
2016 – Prof Chris Stringer “Latest thinking on human evolution”
2015 – Prof Chris French “The Psychology of Ghosts and Haunting”
2014 – David Babbs (38Degrees) “Democracy beyond elections”
2013 – Prof Jim Al-Khalili “Written In The Stars: how to live happily in a deterministic universe”
2012 – Roger Martin (Population Matters) “Population & Poverty”
2011 – Simon Singh “”Should alternative therapies be available from the NHS if they help people feel healthier and happier?”
2010 – Caspar Melville, Natalie Haynes “Taking Offence”
2009 – Dr Thomas Dixon “Evolution versus Creationism: A Very American Conflict?”
2008 – ‘Question Time’ with Rabbi Danny Rich, Rev Lesley Charlton, Rashid Laher, Marilyn Mason “Faith & Atheism: shared values or irreconcilable differences?”
Other main meetings have featured:
How music works
Humanist Campaigning in a Tough Environment
Should humanists eat meat?
Pros & Cons of the Arms Trade
London’s Housing Crisis
Experiences of Humanist Pastoral Support in Prisons & Hospitals
Intelligent Machines & Ethical Humans
Sex Difference at Work
‘Death Matters’- what does death mean to Humanists?
Faith to Faithless – supporting people who have left a faith
“I don’t know much about art, but….”- sharing of favourite books, film clips, paintings, photographs…
Humanism, Parliament & Government
The Big Change in Religion & Belief in Britain – a Humanist Response
The Black Atheist experience
Where do Morals come from?
What is lost without religion? Can Humanism fill the gap?
Humanism: what’s it all about?
Humanism and Religion: hostility in principle, or understanding and cooperation where values are shared?
Can Humanists be Spiritual?
Africa – Is it just a basket case?
What is our moral responsibility to future generations? What does that imply for sustainable living in practice?
Under what circumstances, if any, should religious clothing or symbols be banned?
Health Rationing: What are the ethical and other implications of the growing tension between the limited funds available for health care and the growing demands of medical advances and an ageing population?
The afterlife, what’s the point?
What’s happening in our schools?
Should drugs be legalised?
How can humanists help the environment? And why should they?
What is Humanism for?
The Spirit Level
Should Humanists be Pacifists?
The decline in violence – based on Stephen Pinker book ‘The Better Angels of our Nature”
What are the limits to freedom of expression?
The Refugee Crisis: why not open the country’s doors to anyone who wants to come in?