North West Humanist Conference 2011


                                   united on purpose

 What the world most needs at this moment is a means of convincing human beings to embrace the whole of the species as their moral community.   For this we need to develop an utterly non-sectarian way of talking about the full spectrum of human experience and human aspiration.  We need a discourse on ethics and spirituality that is every bit as unconstrained by dogma and cultural prejudice as the discourse of science is.

Sam Harris Killing the Bhudda

Announcing our inaugural regional conference

Organised by Lancashire Secular Humanists, Liverpool Humanist Group and Greater Manchester Humanists

Humanism for the 21st Century

Saturday 8th October – Sunday 9th October 2011

(Optional pre-conference evening entertainment on Friday 7th October)

St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ

(A few minutes walk from Piccadilly station. Ample free on-street parking nearby)

The Conference Objectives are:

  • To enrich the knowledge and commitment of new and existing members
  • To develop links between local Humanist Groups – particularly those in the North West
  • To develop links with other like-minded groups in the North West
  • To help participants move forward in living their lives as Humanists
  • To enthuse participants with the message that we have something really worthwhile to offer
  • To help promote the value of Humanism to the wider public


Friday 7 October:
Evening Pre-conference entertainment (showing films of interest to Humanists)
Saturday 8 October:
From 9.00 am Registration
9.30 am Opening of conference
9.45 am Keynote address by Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association (BHA); followed by break-out groups and plenary discussion
1.00 pm Buffet lunch on site
2.30 pm Panel discussion on conference theme chaired by Guy Otten. Panellists: Andrew Copson; Dr Evan Harris (BHA Vice-President); Professor Ray Tallis; and Professor Carole Truman
5.30 pm Close
Evening: Informal dining at various locations (facilitated get-togethers)
Sunday 9 October:
9.30 am “Why more equal societies almost always do better” Kathryn Busby, The Equality Trust
11.10 am “Why bother? – with so many apparently insoluble global problems…” Marilyn Mason, Humanists for a Better World (H4BW)
12.30 pm Conference close

Tickets:          £42 including lunch and refreshments (£36 early-bird reduced price for bookings received by 18 August 2011)

For further information, and to book a place, please download our booking form here.


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