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

Spirituality without a soul: can Humanism contribute to spiritual development in schools?

The word ‘spiritually’ is one that often divides Humanists, but Jackie Watson, our November speaker, made a strong case for why we, at least sometimes, need to embrace it.

November '18 Book Club

Our book clubs continue to run regularly, meeting every two months.  For November we read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, which was a favourite of many of those came along for the discussion.  It’s great to see that these meetings are still so popular – next time we’re going to talk about Richard Dawkins’ ‘Unweaving the Rainbow’, which should appeal to many of our members.

Death Cafe

We held our first Death Café in the middle of November, something we have been thinking about for some time.  We were delighted to be able to run this as a joint event with Plymouth Unitarians, and took advantage of their Church Hall, which was the ideal venue (plus members of their congregation provided drinks and some excellent cakes!)  Both Humanist and Unitarian facilitators helped run the event, which was an open and accepting environment for all, regardless of their beliefs. Although the topic may seem a little morbid, the discussions were very positive, and we’ve had some great feedback from those present (there were almost 30 people there).  If you'd like to learn more about the Death Cafe movement, you can visit their website.

October talk - Open Mic Night

For our main October event we had an ‘Open Mic Session’, where three of our committee gave short talks.  Jamie aimed big and discussed our place in the universe, and the possibility and nature of life on other planets.  Martin’s talk looked at the pros and cons of giving money directly to those in need and how basic universal income could work, while Tim gave an account of his experience as a Humanist school speaker.  The topics were interesting enough for some people in the B-Bar just for a meal to join in the post talk Q&A session!

Refugees and the work of aid groups

Our first talk after our normal summer break was an inspiring look at how passionate and motivated individuals can get together and help those in need.