Events

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

Our affiliation program is set out in our Local Groups Policy. 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.

Local groups


  • Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Eric Merkley - How to overcome political bias

    What on earth is going on with American politics? Fake news? Eric Merkley demystifies our instincts to develop bias, how they are targeted by politics, and how to overcome them to make our political discourse more productive, civil and factual.

    Eric Merkley is a Ph.D. candidate at UBC’s Department of Political Science and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholar. His research focuses on how citizens make judgments on public policy in the context of limited information and motivation. His recent ongoing projects explore why American voters polarized on climate change, and more broadly on the conditions under which public preferences may diverge from expert opinion, such as on free trade, and genetically modified foods. Eric has provided expert commentary on U.S. elections, polling and public opinion, and campaign strategy for outlets such as the CBC, Breakfast Television, Roundhouse Radio, and News 1130. He has also recently worked as a Research Associate at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, specializing in agriculture policy. Eric holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and Social Statistics from McGill University.

    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. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 09:30 AM
    Quality Foods meeting room in Courtenay, BC, Canada

    Neil Postman - Amusing ourselves to death

    With members from the Comox Valley and Campbell River, the Comox Valley Humanists meet at 9:30 am on the last Saturday of each month. Drop-ins are welcome.  If you would like to attend a meeting or find out more about the group, please email cvhumanists@gmail.com. Check current meeting schedule at cvhumanists.org

  • Sunday, October 01, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Eiynah - Critiquing Islam in the time of the rising right

    Eiynah is a Pakistani-Canadian illustrator/blogger who writes and draws about sexuality in South Asia (mostly Pakistan), religion, politics, feminism, godlessness. Her podcast is Polite Conversations. Follow her on twitter @nicemangos or Facebook and support her work on Patreon. Eiynah will be Skyping in remotely.

    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. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Tuesday, October 03, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club: The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far by Lawrence Krauss

    The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far ebook by Lawrence M. Krauss

    Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality—a grand poetic vision of nature—and how we find our place within it.

    In the beginning there was light. 
    But more than this, there was gravity. 
    After that, all hell broke loose…

    In A Universe from Nothing, Krauss revealed how our entire universe could arise from nothing. Now, he reveals what that something—reality—is. And, reality is not what we think or sense—it’s weird, wild, and counterintuitive; it’s hidden beneath everyday experience; and its inner workings seem even stranger than the idea that something can come from nothing.

    In a landmark, unprecedented work of scientific history, Krauss leads us to the furthest reaches of space and time, to scales so small they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. His unique blend of rigorous research and engaging storytelling invites us into the lives and minds of the remarkable, creative scientists who have helped to unravel the unexpected fabric of reality—with reason rather than superstition and dogma. Krauss has himself been an active participant in this effort, and he knows many of them well. The Greatest Story challenges us to re-envision ourselves and our place within the universe, as it appears that “God” does play dice with the universe. In the incisive style of his scintillating essays for The New Yorker, Krauss celebrates the greatest intellectual adventure ever undertaken—to understand why we are here in a universe where fact is stranger than fiction.

    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, October 08, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Joyce Arthur - Conscientious Objections

    Doctors should leave their religious beliefs outside the hospital door

    A global consensus has taken hold in the healthcare field that doctors who object to abortion and other reproductive healthcare for personal or religious reasons should be allowed to refuse to provide care. But measures to regulate the exercise of “conscientious objection” (CO) so that women can still have access to abortion have fallen far short. The result has been rampant abuse of the “right” to CO in many countries. In countries such as Italy, Poland, and Spain, a majority of Obstetricians/Gynecologists refuse to provide abortions or even refer women to another doctor. In this presentation, Joyce Arthur will explain why CO is unethical and harmful and should be eliminated from healthcare, and describe how she and others have been fighting to turn around the consensus in favour of CO – and making some progress!

    Joyce Arthur is the founder and Executive Director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), which protects the legal right to abortion on request and works to improve access to quality abortion services. She's a writer and activist.

    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. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 05:00 PM
    Lumberman's Arch at Stanley Park in Vancovuer, BC, Canada

    Humanists in Light the Night Walk

    As part of our Humanist Action campaign, we encourage our members to organize and take part in charitable events under the banner of Humanism.

    On the evening of October 14, several members of the BC Humanists will participate in the annual Light the Night Walk, organized by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Our participation is one of our many community actions that express our Humanist values locally and nationally.

    Each participant is raising funds for research into leukemia, lymphoma and other blood related cancers. Progress in treatment, remission and survival within this category of cancers has been excellent - but we need to ensure we are continuing to support the excellent science being done in this field.

    Consider participating and joining the Humanist community in support of this great cause and please donate if you are able.

    Register or donate to the team.

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting

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    Maggie Rayner is one of the women, who, with Jancis Andrews, began lobbying the BC government in 2004 to take action on the abuses in Bountiful. After CBC’s, The Fifth Estate documentary, Leaving Bountiful, aired, she spent time with Debbie Palmer and was saddened to learn specific details of the abuses taking place in the community.

    Her ancestors were polygamists and her parents, mainstream Mormons (devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,commonly known as Mormon, or LDS), were waiting to resume the practice in their Mormon heaven. She was raised on the West Coast and when she was eleven, FLDS polygamists from Bountiful visited her mainstream LDS congregation. She watched an aging polygamist court her 16-year-old sister. She considers herself fortunate to have escaped being married off to a polygamist.

    At eighteen she chose between church and family, and the freedom to learn how to think for herself and make her own decisions.

    Her recent memoir, In Polygamy’s Shadow: From a Mormon Childhood to a Life of Choice is available through the Vancouver Public Library, a number of other libraries, and on-line distributors and retailers. She received an endorsement from Craig Jones, the litigator on the 2009 Polygamy Reference Case, who wrote, A Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case Against Polygamy.

    She was the keynote speaker for the University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft last December, and has presented at a number of libraries. The question she's often asked when she present is,”How did you get so normal?” She laughs when she answer, “I’m not.”

    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. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Sunday, October 22, 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. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 09:30 AM
    Quality Foods meeting room in Courtenay, BC, Canada

    Freedom from religion and the end of petrol?

    Part 1: "Inroads into Freedom from Religion, and the rise of Sharia Law" moderator Bill F.

    Part 2:” The End Of Petrol In 8 Years - Really?” moderator Bill F.

    With members from the Comox Valley and Campbell River, the Comox Valley Humanists meet at 9:30 am on the last Saturday of each month. Drop-ins are welcome.  If you would like to attend a meeting or find out more about the group, please email cvhumanists@gmail.com. Check current meeting schedule at cvhumanists.org

  • Sunday, October 29, 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. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.



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