Events

British Columbia is one of Canada's least religious provinces and the BC Humanist Association is committed to building the Humanist community in cities and towns across the province. Together with our local affiliate communities, we host regular meetings across BC.

Groups who affiliate with us receive support to help connect with Humanists and atheists in their area and become part of a network of non-religious people across the province. Email us to find out more about affiliation.

Find out about other freethought groups and podcasts across BC, Canada and internationally.

  • Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Nick Taylor - Humanism & basic income

    Nick Taylor, an advocate of basic income, will be joining us again Sunday morning to talk about how the conversation around basic income has developed substantially in just under a year with a negative income tax trial planned in Ontario, discussion of federal funding for a trial in PEI, and the newest cash grant trial started in December 2016 in Finland for 2,000 recipients.  Plus developments in municipal basic income in San Francisco, and a private trial across the Bay in Oakland.  Nick will outline how the different funding sources for these experiments reflect competing promoters and drive the resulting approaches to the concept of providing unconditional cash grants to individuals.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

  • Sunday, March 05, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Mari Swingle - Technology and the brain

    Details to be confirmed.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 9 rsvps
    Vancouver Island Regional Library in Nanaimo, BC, Canada

    Atheist Nanaimo Monthly Meeting

    Atheist Nanaimo is a nonprofit group dedicated to building and supporting the local atheist community.

    At our regular monthly meeting you will have a chance to learn, socialize and share ideas with other atheists.

    Coffee and tea are available. If you would like to bake or bring something for our meeting, let us know.

    Please note the change in location and time from our last meeting - we are meeting in the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library in their large meeting room upstairs to the right of the reference desk and meeting 1/2 hour earlier than last time.

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club: Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World

    Fighting God is a firebrand manifesto from one of the most recognizable faces of atheism. In his book, Silverman-a walking, talking atheist billboard known for his appearances on Fox News-discusses the effectiveness, ethics and impact of the in-your-face-atheist who refuses to be silent.

    Silverman argues that religion is more than just wrong: it is malevolent and does not deserve our respect. It is our duty to be outspoken and do what we can to bring religion down. Examining the mentality, methods and issues facing the firebrand atheist, Silverman presents an overwhelming argument for firebrand atheism and reveals:

    - All religion is cafeteria religion and almost all agnostics are atheists. 
    - American society grants religion a privileged status, despite the intentions of the Founding Fathers. 
    - Christian politicians have adversely (and un-Constitutionally) affected our society with regard to science, health, women's rights, and gay rights. 
    - The notion of "atheist Jews" is a lie forced on us by religion. 
    - It is not "Islamophobia" to observe dangerous teachings and disproportionate violence in Islam. 
    - Atheists are slowly but surely winning the battle.

    Fighting God is a provocative, unapologetic book that takes religion to task and will give inspiration to non-believers and serve as the ultimate answer to apologists.

    David Silverman, President of American Atheists will be speaking at our Sunday, February 19 meeting at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver at 10:00 AM. 

    David will also be debating Alex McFarland on "Does Christianity cause immoral behaviour?" at the Chan Centre on February 19 at 8:00 PM.

    Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home.

    Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested.

    Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association.

  • Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Ian Bushfield - The urgency of Humanism

    Modern Humanism first emerged around 100 years ago, has been in Canada for about 60 years and the BC Humanist Association has existed for over 30 years. While the philosophy has evolved over the years, the importance of this progressive worldview, with its emphasis on reason and social justice, has never lost its importance and in an age of rising populist and nationalistic extremism is increasingly urgent.

    In this talk, BC Humanist Association Executive Director will give a brief history of modern Humanism, a review of the campaigns being taken on by some of the major Humanist organizations around the world and a look at the challenges we're facing in British Columbia.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

  • Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Donna Barker - Humanism & Implicit Bias

    Details to be confirmed.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

  • Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Nicolas Fillion - Conspiracy Theories

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    Nicolas Fillion is a philosopher and mathematician who has been since 2013 a professor of philosophy at Simon Fraser University. His main contributions have so far been to philosophy of science and applied mathematics, but his research and teaching also include the history of science, formal logic, decision and game theory, critical thinking, and epistemology broadly construed. As part of an effort to promote and spread critical thinking skills, he has recently been developing a teaching curriculum on the epistemology of conspiracy theories.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

     

  • Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting

    Details to be confirmed.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

  • Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a 2014 non-fiction book written by Elizabeth Kolbert and published by Henry Holt & Company. The book demonstrates that the Earth is in the midst of a modern, man-made, sixth extinction. In the book, Kolbert chronicles previous mass extinction events, and compares them to the accelerated, widespread extinctions during our present time. She also describes specific species extinguished by humans, as well as the ecologies surrounding prehistoric and near-present extinction events. The author received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for the book in 2015. (via Wikipedia)

    Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home.

    Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested.

    Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association.

  • Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting:

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.



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