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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,...

January newsletter, out now

Our latest newsletter is ready for you to download. There are articles about our contribution to the annual Human Rights Day celebration based on Article 18 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, what group members thought about “British values”, and differing views about atheism and anti-theism. Click here to download it (PDF). Note: if you’re viewing this on the home page, the link won’t work. Click on the heading...

This is what secularism means, not what Donald Morrison thinks it means

Hardly a week goes by without someone displaying their ignorance in public about what secularism means. This is a simple explanation, for the benefit of anyone, like Baroness Warsi, Eric Pickles MP, the Pope, and Donald Morrison of the Free Church of Scotland (who pities secularists), who doesn’t know what he or she’s talking about. The video was produced by QualiaSoup for the National Secular Society.

New book about Suffolk people, their faiths and beliefs, including Humanism

We’ve been affiliated to the Suffolk Inter-Faith Resource (SIFRE) since its inception in 1991, at about the same time that our group was founded. Among other things, it’s allowed us to contribute to educational activities in the county, in schools and other statutory and voluntary bodies, including local government. An off-shoot of SIFRE became the East of England Faiths Agency, which provides speakers for all of these organisations, and members...