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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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.
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...
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.
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.)
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.
Our latest newsletter is ready for you to download now. The contents include: Humanists for a Better World (H4BW), the Climate March on November 29th, a pair of successful Cancer Research fund-raisers, an account of life as an inner-city primary school head teacher, putting faces to the names of our committee, and the usual dates for your diary. Click here to download the PDF.
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...
Norfolk Humanists are hosting a public meeting at UEA on Thursday 20th August. Click here for more information.
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).