Please consider donating to Chester Humanists to help us continue to work locally
We offer a friendly and relaxed environment to meet, discuss and connect with like-minded people.
Regular meet-ups with talks on a variety of topics
Socials where we chat around a table or discuss particular themes
An introduction to Humanism through our exploratory 'One Life Sessions'
Support for annual events like the 'Great Get-Together'
We have a range of events to suit everyone - see sections below for dates of what's coming up
Chester Humanists Virtual Coffee Morning
Saturday 17th April 10am - 11am
Join us for a friendly social meet up with other humanists - perhaps meet new people or reconnect with old friends.. either way for however long you can spare there's a chance to catch up with some like minded people.
This is a drop in event - whether you can stay for an hour or simply "pop" in for a few minutes it will be really good to see you. BYO Coffee or whatever your preferred beverage/drink may be.
Free speech and cancel culture - Where to draw the line?
- Peter Tatchell
7pm Wednesday 21st April 2021
People are being cancelled for being offensive. But some of the most important ideas in history caused great offence in their time. Being spared offence is not a human right.
Increasingly, one misjudged comment can get you cancelled. Apologies are dismissed. The possibility of redemption excluded. This has echoes of McCarthysim and the Salem witch trials.
While the threat to free speech is sometimes exaggerated, there is a worrying trend to ban and censor. It must be resisted. The best way to tackle bigoted ideas is rarely by no-platforming speakers - apart from people like violent extremists. It is far better to defeat them in open debate, to show why their views are wrong by marshalling better ethics, reason and evidence. This is the way to change hearts and minds and build a consensus for a kinder, more compassionate society.
Peter Tatchell was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1952 and has been campaigning since 1967 on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBT equality and global justice. His human rights inspirations include Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankhurst and Martin Luther King.
Wednesday, 19th May, 6:45pm
Join us online for an evening of discussions on a range of topics. Bring along a few ideas for things to discuss or simply join in. There is always a broad spectrum of views and discussions can be totally engrossing. Where else do you get a chance to mull over issues with like minded people interested in life and the world around us?
Register now to secure your place - it will be lovely to see you. .
The branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place before the discussion, If you are interested in joining our committee or have some specific skills you would like to make us aware of please get in touch. If you would like to stand for election for the position of Chair, Secretary or Treasurer or perhaps in some other capacity please contact us at least 7 days prior to the meeting. More information is on our website.
As part of our commitment to publicise Humanism and support other local community groups who share our aims, we will participate in the following annual events:
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we currently have no upcoming annual events.
In addition to the activities already mentioned, we are also exploring a number of other smaller initiatives, such as regular book clubs, social gatherings and Sunday Services. Please contact us for more details.
Ad-hoc meet ups in a local pub or restaurant to chat around a table and get to know each other or to discuss a particular theme
One Life Sessions
Finding meaning in Life, Happiness, Critical thinking and finding out about the world, Living Well - the Environment and World around us - Spirituality
Six interactive discussion based sessions that look at different aspects of Humanism
Join the course or come along for a particular session
Dates are currently being confirmed and will be posted as soon as they are available
Please contact us if you would like more information or want to sign up for the next course
We also campaign for a rational approach to public ethical issues in order to contribute to a public life where decisions are made on evidence rather than on the basis of irrational beliefs or religious doctrines. The campaigns we engage in are driven by interest from our members.