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SELHuG is a group for humanists in SE London to meet like-minded people. To socialise, enjoy talks and discussions, cultural and scientific outings and keep up to date with campaigns. Monthly meetings third Thursday of every month in Catford; other events throughout the year.
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What is Humanism?

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Room 137, Richard Hoggart Building (main building), Goldsmiths College, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
What is Humanism? Humanism is a philosophy for every day, a set of ideas to help us live life well and make sense of the world. It is open to every single person. It does not depend on belief in God. Come and hear Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of ... [ more ]

Gender segregation: How fundamentalists are dividing Britain

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
What does the rise of fundamentalist movements mean for the secularist goal of creating a more free, equal and fair society? What tactics are fundamentalist groups using to challenge secular laws and norms? Using the example of the on-going campaign ... [ more ]
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Martin  A I'm afraid our speaker had to cancel at the last minute for this talk. We ended up having a very interesting discussion evening instead! (see more here: http://selondon.humanist.org.uk/last-minute-change-for-19-january-meeting/). We will ... [ more ]

The Science of Climate Change

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
How is human activity affecting natural climate change and what do current trends tell us? Speaker: Dr Andrew Haggart, Principal Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Greenwich What is the science behind our knowledge ... [ more ]

December monthly meeting: mythmas celebration

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
Please join us for our annual Mythmas celebration. A chance to meet up, relax and have fun The evening itself will be on the same lines as usual… MUSIC! BOOK AUCTION! QUIZ! FOOD AND DRINK! GOOD CONVERSATION! Please bring: Either some food or ... [ more ]

What is Secularism?

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, Catford, SE6 2TS
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What is Secularism? Does secularism mean non-religious, or a level playing field where all faiths and beliefs are respected? Can we still enjoy Christmas, and should there be faith schools? Stephen Evans from the National Secular Society (NSS) is ... [ more ]

The Politics of Broadcast Religion

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, Catford
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
A talk by Dr Kenneth Wolfe, author of the much quoted history, “The Churches and the BBC 1922-1956”, on religion and public broadcasting in the UK. Dr Wolfe’s research into relations between the churches and broadcasters, from the founding of the ... [ more ]

Shelley: A Humanist out of Time

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Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, Catford
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
A feast of Shelley lyrics in a contemporary format; a thought-provoking return to an era dominated by religious orthodoxy and a tribute to the ‘wild spirit’, who imagined another future. Songwriter and Shelley specialist John Webster will introduce ... [ more ]

AGM and social

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, Catford
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
Our Annual General Meeting is a chance for us to review and celebrate the year, for members to receive reports from Officers and for elections to the committee to take place. We also welcome suggestions to be put forward about the direction of the ... [ more ]

Mental Health and Wellness

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, Catford
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
Mental health and wellness: what are the best ways of looking after ourselves and others? Speaker: Libby Oakden Many of us know someone close to us who have had mental health problems or may have suffered ourselves. Why do some people become ... [ more ]

SELHuG at Lewisham Interfaith Walk for Peace

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starting at the Catford Synagogue
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Last year we joined in with the Lewisham Interfaith Walk for Peace and found it to be a richly rewarding experience. We will be joining the walk again this year and further details about stops along the way are below. Please consider joining us and ... [ more ]

SELHuG at Nunhead Cemetery Open Day

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Nunhead Cemetery
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Nunhead Cemetery Open Day is a wonderful community event which attracts thousands of people from across London. Many local groups are represented alongside lots of different activities and things of interest for all the family. SELHuG has a stall ... [ more ]

Time to mention the 'D' word

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Lewisham Unitarian House, 41 Bromley Road
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
Although we live in an age where more or less anything goes on social media, people still pussyfoot around when it comes to talking about dying. At this month’s event we are going to talk about death, looking at initiatives inspired by Dying Matters ... [ more ]

Why Everyone should ask for Evidence

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Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, Catford
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. These claims can’t be regulated; ... [ more ]

Social in Greenwich

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Gypsy Moth, Greenwich
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
It’s always great fun to meet up with members outside of the regular monthly meetings. Whatever kind of outing we organise – to a place of interest, a gallery or exhibition – one of the joys is being able to share the experience and talk with ... [ more ]

Being a refugee in London

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Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, Catford
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) is a small, locally run charity working with about 120 refugees and asylum seekers in the local community. Lewisham has a high refugee and asylum seeker population, and AFRIL aims to relieve poverty and ... [ more ]

Climate Justice after the Paris Talks

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Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, Catford
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
Climate Justice after the Paris Talks: What was really agreed and where do we go from here?  Did you wonder what was actually agreed at the climate discussions in Paris towards the end of last year? What did it mean and would it actually change ... [ more ]

Ethical Discussion

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Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, Catford
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
This month we will be enjoying our regular annual tradition of using one of our monthly meetings to spend time discussing amongst ourselves interesting topics, usually involving some ethical or philosophical dilemma, instead of having an external ... [ more ]

Review of Mythmas Celebration

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If you couldn't make our monthly meeting in December and might have wondered what we got up to, there is a brief recap on our website here: http://selondon.humanist.org.uk/review-mythmas-celebration/

Review of British Museum visit

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If you want to know how our trip to the British Museum went and what we thought of the "Faith after the Pharaohs" exhibition, go here: http://selondon.humanist.org.uk/review-faith-after-the-pharaohs/

Mythmas Celebration and Refugee Food Collection

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, Bromley Road, Catford
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
Please join us for our annual Mythmas celebration. A chance to meet up, relax and have fun. The evening itself will be on the same lines as last year…Music; a Book Auction; a Quiz; Food and Drink; Good Conversation! Please bring: Either some food ... [ more ]
Renate C
Instead of Mythmas, why not celebrate the Winter Solstice, which isn't a myth?  So,  Winter Festival is quite appropriate.
Samuel B
A good suggestion!  Mythmas is meant as a humorous and lighthearted title only.  Maybe we will rebrand in future years - although I wonder if celebrating the Winter Solstice specifically might strike some people slightly of Wicca? I'm not sure it ... [ more ]

The Black Atheist Experience

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We were very lucky to be joined at our November meeting by two of the co-founders of London Black Atheists to talk about ‘Overcoming the challenges of being black and being an atheist’ To read more about the evening please go ... [ more ]

Faith Group meeting

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Following the attacks in Paris, our ex-Chair James Dobson joined members of the various Faiths represented in Lewisham to demonstrate local solidarity and to get police updates.  You can read more ... [ more ]

Refugee discussion review

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If you couldn't make our meeting in October, we had a fascinating presentation and discussion about lots of aspects of the refugee crisis.  To find out more go to http://selondon.humanist.org.uk/review-ethical-discussion-on-the-refugee-crisis/
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The Black Atheist Experience

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, Catford, SE6 2TS
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
For our regular monthly meeting in November, we are lucky to be joined by two of the co-founders of LBA to talk about ‘Overcoming the challenges of being black and being an atheist’ Biographies: Lola Tinubu: I am originally from Nigeria. I have ... [ more ]

Humanist and Muslim perspectives on the modern world

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Conway Hall
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Jim Al-Khalili in conversation with Ziauddin Sardar: Humanist and Muslim perspectives on the modern world A major event at Conway Hall. It will probably be the final opportunity to see Jim Al-Khalili talk before he ends his period as British Humanist ... [ more ]