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About Kent Humanists

Kent Humanists meet on the third Sunday of each month at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in Humanism and are not restricted to members, we ask only for a nominal £2.00 contribution towards the hire of the hall.

You can become a full member of Kent Humanists for an annual subscription of £15.00 or £10.00 if you are a member of the national organisation Humanists UK. Students who take advantage of Humanists UK free subscription scheme may also join Kent Humanists for free. Please email for further details.

The 2019 Committee are:

Steve Bowen - Chair

Leigh Derbyshire - Joint Secretary

Wendy Rumsey - Joint Secretary

Martin Nunn - Treasurer

Peter Morgan, Glynis Rollings, Elizabeth Bailey, Murray Hallwood.

Our Charity of the year 2018-2019

At each AGM Kent Humanists choose a charity to support for the year. This year's charity is The Canterbury Foodbank Riverside Church Thanet Way Chestfield Whitstable Kent CT5 3JQ and there is an opportunity to donate cash and goods (see below) at our monthly meetings.

A community project and registered charity (no. 1153791) providing emergency (three-day) food parcels to individuals and families in short term financial crisis across the Canterbury District (Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages). They are a Christian-led project that brings together volunteers of all faiths and none to provide a vital service to people in short-term need. Our committee member Leigh Derbyshire is a volunteer representing Humanists.

Shopping List:

Breakfast cereal, Whole milk (long life and semi skimmed),Pasta (Tinned),Ham (Tinned),Sweetcorn (Tinned),Carrots/Peas (Tinned),Corned Beef (Tinned),Tuna / Fish (Tinned),Fruit (Tinned),Sponge pudding (Tinned),Custard (Tinned or Carton), Smash instant potato or tinned,Tomatoes (Tinned),Disposable nappies/wipes,Baby food,Cat/Dog Food,Gents deodorant,Washing powder and household cleaning items,Washing up liquid,Shaving foam,Multi-purpose cleaning spray, Loo cleaner,Cleaning cloths,Kitchen roll,Toilet roll,Sanitary items,Toiletries.

Our program for 2018-2019

Yuletide Lunch

Sunday 16 December 2018, 12.30 for 1.00 pm,

at 34 St Michael’s Place, Canterbury CT2 7HQ

Please join us for seasonal festivities at the home of Richard and Lesley Norman, 34 St Michael’s Place, Canterbury CT2 7HQ. Please bring an item of food or drink to share. It would be helpful if you could let Lesley and Richard know what you will be bringing. Please phone 01227 760467 or email Directions: From the St Dunstan’s Church / London Road roundabout, go along Forty Acres Road, the fourth turning on the left is St Michael’s Road, and St Michael’s Place leads off to the left. Or if you’re coming from the direction of St Stephen’s Church (our regular meeting place) go along Beaconsfield Road, and St Michael’s Road is the second turning on the right. As you come into St Michael’s Place, number 34 is in the far right corner in front of you.

Members’ Discussion: New Year’s Resolutions?

Sunday 20 January 2019, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

What would your New Year’s Resolution be for the world this year? Come and share your hopes for the future in an informal discussion to kick off 2019.

What if free will is an illusion? A talk by KH member Steve Bowen

Sunday 17 February, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

The findings of neuroscience are consistently suggesting that for humans to have true free will is very unlikely, if not impossible, and although philosophers and theologians have debated its existence for thousands of years there has never been a resolution. Theologians insist free will is “god given” and in fact require it to answer the problem of personal evil. Philosophers differ, with the likes of Daniel Dennett suggesting “freedom evolves” and in the other camp Susan Blackmore who denies free will entirely. Others look to quantum uncertainty to break the deadlock. This session will review some of the current thinking on free will and discuss the moral and justice implications should we decide we don’t, in fact, possess it.

Humanism and Education: a talk by Luke Donnellan, Head of Education for Humanists UK

Sunday 17 March, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Religious Education in schools is at a crossroads with ever more calls for it to be inclusive of nonreligious worldviews. However, many teachers and schools still struggle with their understanding of what it means to be non-religious. What are the new challenges facing those who want to see high-quality education about humanism and what are Humanists UK doing to meet these challenges?

To be arranged

Sunday 28 April, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

To be arranged ..but please note the change of date, to avoid the Bank holiday weekend. Sunday

A talk by a speaker from Faith to Faithless

Sunday 19 May, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Faith to Faithless is Humanists UK’s support programme for so-called ‘apostates’ and those who leave high-control religions. Details to follow.


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