Future Events

Monthly Events

Usually held on a Monday,  our events are educational, stimulating and fun.  They provide opportunities to engage socially and in lively discussion  with like minded, open-minded thinking people. 

Details are also published on the East London Humanist Meetup site. Signing up to Meetup is free and easy and without any obligation or hassle. You will automatically received details of events when they are posted.

Together against Trump
Tuesday 4 June

Join us in taking a stand against what Trump represents. Humanists support dialogue and engagement, not least between world leaders. However we object to the feting of a figure head for those working to turn the clock back on science, tolerance and hard won civil liberties.

Anti-Trump bumper sticker

Many unsavoury characters are hosted here. But Trump occupies a special place in terms of influence and the scale of the threat he poses. On the day he is expected to be paraded through London in a golden carriage, join us in resisting his propagation of hate, selfish self-interest and disdain for Humanist values.

Meet with our banner at Wanstead Tube at 11.30. The rally is due to assemble at 11.00 with a view to music and speeches around 12.00. The rally will then move to wherever Trump is. If you can’t come to Wanstead first then look for our banner in the square.

Humanists International Event
Wanstead Library

Monday 10 June. 7.30 – 9.00 pm

Dr Giovanni Gaetani, Growth and Development Officer for Humanists International, (formerly the International Humanist and Ethical Union), will report on  it’s  2019 General Assembly, Reykjavik 31 May – 2 June. Dr Gaetani will be one of hundreds of delegates from around the globe.

Gulalai Ismail (centre) following release on bail

Pictured is Gulalai Ismael, elected to the Board of Humanists International in 2017.  Gulalai has faced allegations of blasphemy for promoting women’s rights. In May Pakistani media reported she had been accused of sedition following her protest around the rape and murder of a little girl.

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* The library is a 2 minute walk from Wanstead Underground Station (Central Line). Nearby bus stops include 308;145;W12;W13;W14;66;101. There is also free easy parking adjacent to the library and good disabled access

AGM Mon 8 July 2019. 7.00 – 7.30 pm.

  • Hear about our wide-ranging achievements and events over the past year
  • Discuss plans for next year and into the future
  • Get involved by applying to join our committee

East London Humanists has a formal constitution and is a partner of Humanists UK. However, we endeavour to run our affairs with an informal and inclusive style. There is an 8 strong committee which meets once a quarter. Positions of responsibility on the committee include Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and IT co-ordinator.

Pride Event.
Mon 8 July 2019.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Committee member Stephen will speak in the build up to Waltham Forest Pride which our group is supporting. Details to follow. (The massive London Pride procession takes place the day beforehand, Sunday 6 July).

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* The library is a 2 minute walk from Wanstead Underground Station (Central Line). Nearby bus stops include 308;145;W12;W13;W14;66;101. There is also free easy parking adjacent to the library and good disabled access

 

Natural History Museum
Friday 26 July 2019. 18.30 – 22.00

Join us on an exploration of the galleries at night. Food and drink is available from bars and cafes in the Museum. Meet front entrance 18.30. Finish the evening at one of the local pubs.

Details of special talks, demos and displays for that evening to follow.

August 2019

There are no meetings planned for August

Introduction to Humanism
Wanstead Library*
Mon 23 Sept 2019. 7.30 – 9.00 pm

Annual event for new and old members who want to know more about Humanist perspectives on leading a happy, meaningful and ethical life without any religious belief.

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for tea and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* The library is a 2 minute walk from Wanstead Underground Station (Central Line). Nearby bus stops include 308;145;W12;W13;W14;66;101. There is also free easy parking adjacent to the library and good disabled access

 

Anti-Semitism. A Humanist perspective
Mon 28 Oct 2019. 7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Event led by Dave Rosenberg.   David is a lifelong campaigner against fascism and racism in all its forms. He runs regular walking tours which celebrate East London’s rich Jewish cultural heritage. He is the author of Rebel Footprints (A guide to uncovering London’s radical history) and Battle for the East End (Jewish responses to Fascism in the 1930’s). David will give his perspective on the scourge of anti-Semitism and on the non legally binding IHRA definition and on the controversy over whether it wrongly conflates anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism.

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* The library is a 2 minute walk from Wanstead Underground Station (Central Line). Nearby bus stops include 308;145;W12;W13;W14;66;101. There is also free easy parking adjacent to the library and good disabled access

 

History of Unbelief, or ‘How to be an atheist in Medieval Europe.’ Wanstead Library*
Mon 25 Nov 2019. 7.30 – 9.00 pm

A fascinating, thought-provoking filmed lecture looks at 1000 years of unbelief,  supported by remarkable evidence of atheism and scepticism dating back many centuries before the enlightenment. It shows that there have always been people who have thought for themselves. The lecture (52 mins) is part of a series first given in 2018 by Alec Ryrie, Professor of Divinity at Gresham College and President Elect of the Ecclesiastical History Society.

There will be plenty of time for discussion

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* The library is a 2 minute walk from Wanstead Underground Station (Central Line). Nearby bus stops include 308;145;W12;W13;W14;66;101. There is also free easy parking adjacent to the library and good disabled access