• Meet and socialise with like-minded people;
• Campaign on humanist, atheist and secularist issues;
• Exchange ideas and debate;
• Learn (e.g. through guest speakers);
• Represent atheist, humanist and secularist views in local affairs, and provide a balance to the influence of religious groups;
• Promote and celebrate scientific and rational thinking;
• Promote humanism as a life-stance;
• Have fun!
We usually meet on the first Saturday of the month at Ely Library. There is a £2 fee to cover the cost of room hire and an additional £12 annual membership fee to cover expenses for speakers. Details and times of meetings will be posted on this website. You can also follow us on Facebook and Meetup.
For more information, or if you would like to volunteer as a committee member, please contact us via the email address below.
Although we hope local humanists will also join Humanists UK, it is not necessary for membership of Ely Humanist Group.
To view the Ely Humanist Group Constitution please click HERE.
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think for themselves about what is right and wrong, based on reason and respect for others.
Find meaning, beauty and joy in the one life we have, without the need for an afterlife.
Look to science instead of religion as the best way to discover and understand the world.
Believe people can use empathy and compassion to make the world a better place for everyone.
Believing that it is possible to live confidently without metaphysical or religious certainty and that all opinions are open to revision and correction, [Humanists] see human flourishing as dependent on open communication, discussion, criticism and unforced consensus.
– Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy
Throughout recorded history there have been non-religious people who have believed that this life is the only life we have, that the universe is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. They have trusted to the scientific method, evidence and reason to discover truths about the universe and placed human welfare and happiness at the centre of their ethical decision making.
Today, people who share these beliefs and values are called humanists and this combination of attitudes is called Humanism. Many millions of people in Britain share this way of living and of looking at the world, but many of them have not heard the word ‘humanist’ and don’t realise that it describes what they believe.
It is one of the main purposes of Humanists UK to increase public awareness of what Humanism is, and to let the many millions of non-religious people in this country know that, far from being somehow deficient in their values, they have an outlook on life which is coherent and widely-shared, which has inspired some of the world’s greatest artists, writers, scientists, philosophers and social reformers, and which has a millennia-long tradition in both the western and eastern worlds.
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