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Happy Birthday Sir David!

Today is Sir David Attenborough’s 90th birthday. This is a quote from ‘Life on Earth’, included in a ‘Humanist Anthology’, available from the BHA. “Man’s passion to communicate and to receive communications seems as central to his success as a species as the fin was to the fish or the feather to the birds. We do not limit ourselves to our own acquaintances or even our own generation. Archaeologists labour to...

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Jane Goodall on Being Human

A video from an interview with primatologist Jane Goodall made for Yann Arthus-Bertrand‘s film ‘Human‘.

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Bishops in the House of Lords – time to go

The UK is the only democratic country to have religious representation in its legislature as of right, which is absurd. Now that the Church of England has sanctioned its US branch because it supports equal marriage, there’s even more reason to boot the bishops out of the Lords. Sign this petition and write to your MP. The petition states: Remove Church of England Bishops from the House of Lords. With the...

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Human rights and religious murders

December 10th is Human Rights Day, when The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948, is celebrated worldwide. Last year, the International Humanist and Ethical Union released its latest Freedom of Thought Report, while in Ipswich we contributed to a local celebration. The IHEU introduced its report as follows: The 2015 edition of the report documents how persecution of the non-religious...

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Merry Midwinter, and think of the refugees

Hope you’ll have a good time over the holiday. If you haven’t already done so, please consider the refugees struggling in the cold. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says they don’t have enough money to help as many as they’d like. Click here to go to their site.

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Atheism & War – meeting in Ipswich, 10th November

Our November meeting, the day before Armistice Day, is about Atheism and War. Elisabeth Thomson will lead the discussion, using prose and poetry. You’re welcome to bring your favourites. To start you off, here’s Mark Twain’s scathing indictment of war and the patriotism and religious fervour that’s motivated too many. For details, see our events calendar. The War Prayer O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to...

Operation Christmas Child – what’s wrong with it?

Every year we remind people why it’s not good to get involved with the Samaritan’s Purse scheme, Operation Christmas Child – search our website for previous posts. An article in Humanist Life explains the reasons, or some of them. Apart from the homophobia and evangelism aimed at children, it’s a huge waste of money.

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Denis & Colin, father and son atheists

Our Chairperson Denis Johnston and his son Colin talked about their attitude to faith (they don’t have any) with local BBC journalist Jon Wright. The resulting conversation is on the BBC’s Faith in the World Week website. Click here to hear what they said, or some of it. The full interview can be heard here. (From our home page, click on the title to access the links.)

Humanist Ceremonies – change of availability

Due to illness, we regret that our ceremonies team will be severely diminished for the foreseeable future. We may be able to help with a small number of funerals in the Ipswich or Colchester areas for families already known to us and we can advise anyone who wants to do a DIY funeral. It’s advisable to contact us by email or phone us on 01473 658828 before making any arrangements.