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West Building, University Campus Suffolk

Enter the UCS car park at Long Street from the junction opposite the Waterfront Building off Fore Street, Fore Hamlet, Back Hamlet and Duke Street. The West Building is at the top right corner of the car park (see campus map). To enter, press the button marked ‘SIFRE’ (you might need a torch to see the buttons after dark). The Inter-Faith Centre (marked SIFRE) is on the 1st floor. Either use the stairs then go straight ahead to the far end of the corridor, then turn left, or turn left at the entrance and go along the corridor for the lift.

If you haven’t already done so, make a will

Will Aid logoHave you made a will? It’s amazing how few people do, yet not having a will can cause your family all sorts of problems. If you haven’t, make a will in November through Will Aid and you’ll be helping other people at the same time.

A local solicitor writes your will, then instead of paying their fee you are invited to make a donation to Will Aid. The suggested minimum donation is £85 for a basic single will or £125 for a pair of basic mirror wills. You’ll be supporting nine charities.

Click here to find out more.

Click here to read about what can happen if you don’t have a will (blog post by a humanist celebrant).

Monthly meeting – The Age of Stupid

The Age of Stupid is an independently made film starring the late Pete Postlethwaite as a man who’s left alone to ruminate on how humanity has destroyed itself.

Please note that we will be in our new venue, the Inter-Faith Centre at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich (see map).

Not really the beginning and not quite the end

According to James Ussher, the 17th century Anglican Bishop of Armagh, the first day of creation began at nightfall preceding Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC, so it’s 6015 years old today.

And according to Harold Camping, the American Pastor who’s revised his predictions several times (because none of them were right), the world should have ended on Friday.

Both of them got their sums wrong, the sillies.

Circumcision – child abuse in the name of religion

Suffolk Inter-Faith Resource forums are usually very polite affairs, without any confrontation, but there was one occasion a couple of years ago when a couple of people, including me, got rather angry. A Muslim man raised the subject of male circumcision. The question was out of order, since we were there to discuss Hazel Blears’ document Face to Face and Side by Side with representatives of local government. The man wanted to know why Muslims can’t have circumcisions on the NHS. Doctors won’t do the operation on the NHS unless it’s for medical reasons, rather than religious ones. The man argued that Muslims who can’t afford private surgery sometimes have the procedure done by unqualified individuals who botch it, leaving the NHS to clean up the mess. He didn’t get any support. You could argue that they should be prosecuted for harming a child. The Qur’an doesn’t mention circumcision

Many people don’t realise that Muslims circumcise; the procedure is usually associated with Judaism, which is the subject of a post on P Z Myers’ blog – Ritualised child abuse: circumcision. I can’t bring myself to watch the video – I think you’ll need a strong stomach for that. Why would anyone subject their child to this?

GALHA’s annual fund-raising lunch, London

GALHA’s annual lunch. This year’s guest speaker is award-winning journalist Patrick Strudwick. Patrick writes for newspapers and magazines that include The Observer, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and Gay Times. See the link for ticket details.