FREE SPEECH AND WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE
An ethical discussion group

17 Dec 2020, Online

Registration details to be confirmed: click here for the Facebook event

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

PAST EVENTS

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

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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

MARRIAGE: WHAT SHOULD THE RULES BE?
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
Sheffield
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

PANEL

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