Herewith the latest newsletter – click here to download it (pdf). Please note the event on the front page, the Human Rights Celebration at University Campus Suffolk. We hope that as many as possible will come to hear speakers from a variety of local organisations (including ours) offer their thoughts on Article 19 of the UN Declaration of Humanist Rights, which is about free speech. Everyone is very welcome. We’ll be in the atrium of the West Building at UCS on Tuesday 11th December from 8pm. Please let us know if you’re coming so we can cater for everyone. There should be someone at the door to let you in, otherwise there’ll be a notice telling you which button to press.
Camp Quest, the organisation that organises summer camps free from religion for children, is having a party at Conway Hall, London, on Saturday 15th December. If you have children and you’re interested in knowing more, this is an opportunity to find out. Click here to go to the CQ website.
With all the hoo-ha over women bishops (and how there aren’t any), there are two websites that might interest you. The first is the BHA’s campaign to get bishops out of the Lords website, Holy Redundant. The second is an e-petition that was begun when the church’s rejection of women bishops was announced. It reads, “No women Bishops, no automatic seats in the House of Lords.” If an e-petition attracts at least 100,000 signatures, it’s likely to be debated in the House of Commons. It’s a good idea to write to your MP too. We know that at least one local MP, Tim Yeo (South Suffolk) is a member of the Parliamentary Humanist Group, though he doesn’t seem to attend many, if any, meetings.
We’ve had a phone call from Chris Pitts of the Outside Project, who was hoping to drum up some support and maybe even practical help from us, especially as he hasn’t had a lot of interest from Christian organisations. To find out what it is, and maybe get in touch, see their website.
Founder members, active members and friends of the group have been invited to celebrate our 21st anniversary from 2-5pm on Sunday 16th December at Hadleigh library. If you’d like to come but haven’t had an invitation, please let us know.