We are a friendly group of around 70 Humanists covering North East Hampshire and West Surrey centred on Farnham and Alton. We have regular twice monthly meetings – an informal meeting in a pub the first Wednesday of the month and a discussion group or talk on a Sunday evening half way through the month. We also have social events such as rambles, boating trips, pub lunches and visits. For the past six years we have staged an annual debate raising over two thousand pounds for charities based locally and in the third world. The debate topics have ranged over faith schools, voluntary euthanasia, can there be a just war, electoral reform, Britain needs nuclear fuel and Britain should become a secular state.
As well as providing Humanist Ceremonies, we support the provision of Humanist chaplains e.g. in prisons and hospitals. Like most people, members of our group are also active volunteers for a number of organisations and charities.
Who are Humanists?
Humanists are atheists and agnostics who share a non-religious ethical outlook and seek to create a more open, just and caring society – British Humanist Association website.
- We believe we can make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values.
- We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment.
- We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.
- We support human rights and respect the diversity in our community.
- We campaign for inclusivity of non-religious people and there being no discrimination based on religion or belief e.g. in education, government, employment and provision of services.