Monday 14th June, 6.30pm until 9.00pm

Sara Passmore will lead us in a discussion on the basic principles of humanism. There are a number of statements that encapsulate humanism, and both Humanists International and the American Humanist Association have great summaries of what humanism is:

“Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethics based on human and other natural values in a spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.”
Humanists International

“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good.”
American Humanist Association

Both these statements link back to longer comprehensive documents. The defining document for Humanists International is the Amsterdam Declaration 2002 which was ratified at the 2002 International Humanist and Ethical Union World Congress, which may be read at

The American Humanist Association short statement is re-stated in the 1980 Secular Humanist Declaration written by Paul Kurtz. These affirmations of humanism can be read at

All interested people are welcome, Society members and members of the public – bring a friend.

Venue: Upstairs at the Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St. Wellington