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Chaplaincy was a difficult job to do from home when the pandemic started. So Jo Mutlow sat down and wrote a book which answered a sceptical chaplain who had once asked what on earth a Humanist chaplain could say without prayers and scriptures to guide her.

She is Regional Coordinator for Pastoral Carers in the Yorkshire and Humber region and a board member of the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network (NRPSN).

Currently working at Bradford Teaching Hospitals to ensure that non-religious patients and staff also benefit from pastoral and spiritual care, Jo will talk about the challenges of gaining entry to chaplaincy teams and the rewards of being there.

Here is an interview with Jo last summer, discussing her work during the covid crisis:…/a-commitment-to-be-there-for…/


Picture of Professor Mark Lorch in front a photo of vaccines. Text: When the facts don’t work – how to talk to science deniers Prof Mark Lorch

via Zoom, 7:30-9:30pm

Skepticism around vaccines is an acute problem in the midst of the covid pandemic as vaccines are key to us coming out of lockdown. Professor Mark Lorch will discuss ways to talk to antivaxxers about vaccines. He shared his thoughts at The Conversation back in November.

He is a chemist, writer and science communicator. He started his research career working on protein folding and has since delved into many other aspects of biological chemistry ranging from how organisms’ signalling molecules will be affected by ocean acidification to monitoring micro-pollutants in waterways.

Alongside his research, Mark is passionate about communicating science to as wide an audience as possible. He founded and directs the Hull Science Festival and leads on widening participation projects in the region. He still finds time to contribute to various media outlets, his prose regularly appears in the mainstream press, and he pops up regularly on broadcast media. He has also provided science consultancy services to film and game production companies.


Luke Donnellan – Director of Understanding Humanism
, Humanists UK

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Luke Donnellan is Humanists UK’s Director of Understanding Humanism. He manages the school speakers programme, teacher training, and production of educational resources.

via Zoom, Wed 24 Feb, 7-9pm

We have seen an increasing recognition that religious education must involve more than just teaching about religion and today humanism is being taught about as an example of a non-religious worldview in more schools than ever. However, there is still a long way to go for humanism to be given equal recognition to the world’s major religions within the curriculum.

Luke Donnellan will discuss the current state of RE in schools, explain the challenges to accurate, high-quality teaching about humanism, and describe work of Humanists UK’s education programme, Understanding Humanism.Luke is the Director of Understanding Humanism at Humanists UK, responsible for promoting the understanding of Humanism, especially in formal education settings. He manages Humanists UK’s school speakers programme; teacher training and CPD; and the production of educational resources.

Picture of Maddy Goodall, Text: ‘Well-doing and well-being’: a history of humanism in the UK

via Zoom, Tues 19 Jan, 7-8:30pm

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In celebration of Humanists UK’s 125th anniversary, Maddy will be talking about the long history and significant influence of humanism in the UK, with a specific focus on the development of the organisation we know today. Humanists UK was formed in 1896 as the Union of Ethical Societies, but the roots of humanism are much deeper, and the ethical societies are just part of the story.

This talk draws on research carried out as part of the Humanist Heritage project, launched in 2019 to uncover and share the lesser known stories that make up the history of humanism in the UK. Maddy will also be discussing some specifics of humanism’s roots in the North of England.

Maddy is the Humanist Heritage Coordinator for Humanists UK, researching and writing about the history of humanism to celebrate the organisation’s 125th birthday. She has a background in education, museums, and community history, and is also Humanists UK’s Wikimedian in Residence.


19:00 Madeleine’s talk
19:40 Break
19:50 Q&A

An ethical discussion group

Thurs 17 Dec 2020, Online

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For Humanists, the imprisonment of Mubarak Bala and the deaths of the likes of Avijit Roy and most recently Samuel Paty demonstrate that across the world, people can still come to harm for expressing secular beliefs.And whilst in these cases, the perpetrators are clearly wrong, what about where the line isn’t so clear? What exactly constitutes hate speech and when it comes to debate on religion what is and is not too far?

Join Sheffield Humanists as its chair, Rajin Chowdhury – a former University debater at an national an international level – will host a discussion group on these issues. You can have your say or simply listen to others. We hope to see you there.

NB: you must REGISTER HERE two hours before the event starts.

3rd Nov 2020

7:00-8:00pm – Apostasy: The Case for Acceptance
via Google Meet (joining info TBC)
8:00-8:10pm – Break
8:10-9:00pm – Q&A


Hari Parekh aims to provide a supportive argument for the acceptance of apostates; people who leave their religious faith, and are victims of abuse for doing so.

The difficulty to accept people identifying as an apostate might relate to the concerted effort to condemn the individual for their act of betrayal towards their religious faith, culture, and traditional values.

This talk utilises a psychological perspective to attempt to understand the difficulties that relate to identifying as an apostate, and how ideological differences of this nature, might be perceived by the family and wider community also. Hari Parekh’s preliminary research on Apostates as a Hidden Population of Abuse Victims (Parekh & Egan, 2020), shapes the context for this talk.

About Hari

He is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Liverpool. He has a first-class honours degree in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Northampton and an MSc in Forensic and Criminological Psychology from the University of Nottingham.Hari was formerly the President of Humanists Students and is currently the Chair of European Young Humanists, as part of Young Humanists International.

Hari has published his MSc thesis on ‘Apostates as a Hidden Population of Abuse Victims’ – the first publication to highlight the worldwide abuse of apostates within religious households, which was published by the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Parekh, H., & Egan, V. (2020). Apostates as a Hidden Population of Abuse Victims. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI:10.1177/0886260519898428

An ethical discussion group

7pm, Weds 19th August 2020
Via Google Meet

*CANCELLED* Pub Social

Harrison’s Bar 1854 Bar & Function Suite, 15 Regent Terrace, Sheffield S3 7QA
Tues 14th April, Harrison’s 1854

*CANCELLED* Talk Yourself Better: Ariane Sherine

Wed 25th March 2020, 7:30pm, Showroom 5, Showroom Cinema

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Assisted Dying: What Would You Do?
An ethical discussion group

Wed 12th February 2020, 7:30pm, Harrisons 1854

15 Regent Terrace
S3 7QA
Off West St, between Jimmy’s Kitchen and So Famous! (formerly Sinclair’s)

Humanists UK form part of the Assisted Dying Coalition who campaign for the legalisation of assisted dying in the UK in the context of terminal illness. Currently, assisted dying is criminal act and neither relatives nor medical professional are allowed to aid their patients in death. However, the withdrawal of life-supporting treatment and palliation are both legal, where patient comfort is prioritised over and above the prolonging of life.

This discussion will be aimed at lay attendees with no prior knowledge and will be chaired by Rajin Chowdhury, Chair of Sheffield Humanists and a former President of Sheffield University Debating Society. You will have an opportunity to either express your opinion or simply listen to others. Both soft and alcoholic drinks are available and the venue is disability accessible.

We hope to see you there for what will be a fascinating discussion!

Pub Social

Harrison’s Bar 1854 Bar & Function Suite, 15 Regent Terrace, Sheffield S3 7QA
Wed 8th January 2020, 7-10pm

Can humanists celebrate Christmas?

One of the great myths surrounding humanists and the holiday season is that humanists cannot celebrate Christmas. Teddy Prout from Humanists UK will be here to talk about and take questions on why he thinks this myth persists and how to get into the secular holiday spirit!

Leaving Religion In The UK

Dorothy Fleming Lecture Theatre, Charles Street Building, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2ND, United Kingdom
Thu 7th Nov, 7-8:30pm

Join us for a panel discussion and hear from apostates who have left different religions, suffered the consequences and have since rebuilt their lives. Also, learn from experts who work with victims of apostasy crime and honour-based abuse.

Meet The Humanists

From prisons and hospitals to weddings and funerals, find out what we’re doing for Sheffield

DINA Venue, 32 Cambridge St, Sheffield S1 4HP
Sun 20th October 2-5pm, drop-in

Celebrants leading weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies. Pastoral carers providing support in prisons, hospitals and Universities, School speakers teaching our young people about humanism. In Sheffield and across the country, Humanists UK provides a variety of different services and ceremonies. Perhaps you’re looking for a person to help you with a wedding but don’t want to includ any religion. Or maybe you’re a local humanist looking to give something back to the community.

Whether you’re completely new to humanism or want to get more heavily involved, this is chance for you to find out more. There will also be material from LGBT Humanists, Defence Humanists and Young Humanists (18-35).

Trolleys and Tribulations

How to make an ethical decision

Showroom 5, Showroom Cinema, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
Sun 18th August 7-9pm

Humanists in Sheffield and the UK

Farm Road Social Club, Farm Road, Sheffield, S2 2TP
Mon 19th August 7:30pm


Rajin Chowdhury Chair of Sheffield Humanists
Michael Heap (Chair) School Speaker (Humanists UK) and Sheffield Skeptics Committee Member
Jo Mutlow Regional Coordinator of Pastoral Care (Humanists UK)
Mike Parker Local Humanist

Pub Social at Showroom Cafe and Bar
Weds 31st July 7-10pm

Café Social

Couch Campo Lane (not Ecclesall Rd), 28th September, 1-5pm