In this blog you'll find details of our past events, as well as other information about what Plymouth Humanists get up to

School Speakers training

We were fortunate in November to have a School Speakers training course run in Plymouth by the British Humanist Association.  Thanks to our friends in Cornwall Humanists for arranging it.

18 people attended, mainly from Devon and Cornwall, but also from as far away as Birmingham.  The course lasted a full day and was an excellent introduction in how to engage with young people about Humanist.  There was also good advice on how to build relationships with schools. The BHA’s Understanding Humanism website is a rich source of resources to help school speakers, and also for anyone else wanting to better understand Humanism.

Book Club – the Young Atheists Handbook

We were very fortunate to have Alom Shaha, author of the Young Atheists Handbook, speak to us over Skype for 30 minutes at the start of November’s book club.  He answered a wide variety of questions, including telling us how well the book had been received in schools (the BHA provided a copy to every secondary school) and giving his thoughts on how he’d write it differently, now four years have passed since its publication.  A good discussion amongst the eight people who’d come along then followed, continuing until the B-Bar closed and we had to leave!

October's talk - Aliyah Saleem and Faith to Faithless


Aliyah Saleem was a skeptical child, once being told one by her Imam to stop asking questions and reading books. Despite being sent to Islamic schools and going through a period of being a devout muslim (when she prayed not the five times a day required, but six) she gradually lost her faith. It was Carl Sagan's famous ‘Pale blue dot’ image and words that finally snuffed out her belief in god.

Human Rights in a Time of Uncertainty

Our first meeting after our summer break was a timely talk about the current threats to human rights legislation from Chris Ramsey of Amnesty International, attracting around thirty people to the B-Bar to hear him. 

Summer Activities

I’ve been a little tardy with blog posts recently, but rest assured we’re as active as ever.