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The refugee crisis

For a local perspective, Martin Simmons, Communications Officer at Suffolk Refugee Support in Ipswich, will give a talk entitled, ‘Refugees: A Local Perspective on a Global Issue’ tomorrow evening. It will be part of the Ipswich and District branch of the United Nations Association AGM on Friday, 4 September 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Collinson Room at the Friends Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Road, Ipswich IP1 3JH. All welcome. No...

July 2015 newsletter

Short and sweet but with all the details about upcoming meetings, the first on Tuesday 14th July. Put the dates in your diary now. Click here to download the newsletter now (PDF).

Lunchtime concert in Ipswich

Anne O’Byrne and David Fisk will play at a free lunchtime concert in St Mary-le-Tower in Ipswich on 10th July. Dublin soprano Anne O’Byrne trained in Ireland and England before embarking on a career in opera and concert, working with many leading conductors – Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davis, and producers – Jonathan Miller, Trevor Nunn – singing over twenty major roles, including Handel in Melbourne, Australia (Oriana in Amadigi),...

Suffolk ceremonies on BBC Radio Suffolk

Retired Suffolk Humanist Ceremonies celebrant Margaret Nelson was on BBC Radio Suffolk on Sunday morning, talking about DIY weddings. As we no longer provide wedding celebrants, this is an option that couples might consider. Click here to listen to the programme – move the slider to 40 minutes in.

May newsletter & AGM

Our latest newsletter is ready, with reports of our activities over the past year and an invitation to our AGM and a pub lunch. Click on the heading and then click here to download it (PDF).

14th April meeting: Richy Thompson on Faith schools

Our events calendar seems to have deleted itself, so apologies for not posting this sooner. We have a guest speaker on Tuesday 14th April. Richy Thompson from the BHA is coming to talk to us about faith schools. Around a third of all state-funded schools are schools ‘with a religious character’ – the legal term for ‘faith’ schools. This number has grown in recent years as successive governments have increased...

A capricious, mean-minded, stupid god . . .

Stephen Fry was interviewed by Gay Byrne for RTÉ One’s ‘The Meaning of Life’ today. Knowing that Fry is an atheist, Byrne asked him what he’d say if he was “confronted by God” at the Pearly Gates. Fry replied, I’d say, bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world to which there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right, it’s utterly,...