Vancouver Events

We have been holding meetings in Vancouver since 1984 and are currently meeting every Sunday at the Oakridge Seniors Centre at 10:00 AM (click here for directions). We also hold a monthly book club on the first Tuesday of the month. Read about some of our past book clubs here.

You can also find all of our upcoming meetings in Vancouver on Meetup.

  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Mika McKinnon - Master in Disaster

    Mika McKinnon is a Master in Disaster and scientist for fiction with irrepressible curiosity about our wonderfully weird universe.

    She's a physicist and geophysicist specializing in disasters -- tsunami, earthquakes, asteroid impacts -- pretty much all the fun, heart-pounding science. As a science communicator, she stick to the coolest beats -- planets, rockets, and the end of the universe.

    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, August 06, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Towards a Humanist politics - Owen Jones Holyoake Lecture

    As many members will be at the Vancouver Pride Parade, we will be watching a video for this meeting.

    Award-winning author, columnist, and political activist Owen Jones delivered the British Humanist Association (BHA) (now Humanists UK) Holyoake Lecture 2016 in Manchester on October 18th. Acknowledging both strong disillusionment with politics and the increasingly polarized and fractious nature of political debate, Owen explored whether or not it is possible to advance a humanist politics capable of meeting today’s ethical challenges.

    Putting aside traditional notions of ‘left’ and ‘right’, Owen’s Holyoake Lecture asks whether a more humanist model of addressing issues like social cohesion, international cooperation, and new ethical dilemmas posed by advances in science, can at last restore trust in politics.

    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, August 06, 2017 at 11:00 AM · 3 rsvps
    Sunset Beach in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Humanists at Pride Sunset Beach Festival

    Join us after the Vancouver Pride Parade at the Sunset Beach Festival!

    We'll also need volunteers throughout the day, so sign-up for shifts below (if you plan on marching in the Parade, please only sign up for the shift after 4pm).

  • Sunday, August 06, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Thurlow Street between Haro and Robson in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Pride Parade

    All Vancouver Humanists, atheists, skeptics and freethinkers are invited to join us in the 2017 Vancouver Pride Parade on August 6.

    This year we want to see as many Happy Humanists out as possible, to show our solidarity with the LGBTQ community around the world.

    Staging Details

    Our group's position is EW1. We'll be staging on the West side of Thurlow Street between Haro and Robson Street. The zone opens at 10:00 AM and all marchers must arrive by 12:15 PM.

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 02:00 PM
    Central Park in Burnaby, BC, Canada

    Humanist Picnic

    Join us for an afternoon picnic in Burnaby!

    We'll be meeting in Central Park. Take the Kingsway entrance to the parking lot. Beside the playground is a picnic site.

    Gail will be there at 2PM to reserve some tables. Look for blue balloons so you will know which tables are ours.

    Do bring some food to share and (non-alcoholic) drinks. We will barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers around 5.  Please let Gail know if you plan to attend.  We will work out the food arrangements after she know how many people will be there.

  • Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Daphne Bramham - The Bountiful polygamy trial

    Daphne Bramham has been a columnist at the Vancouver Sun since 2000 and has won numerous awards for her writing, including a National Newspaper Award. She was named Commentator of the Year by the Jack Webster Foundation in 2005 and was honoured by the non-profit group Beyond Borders for a series of columns on the polygamous community of Bountiful, BC. She is author of the 2009 book The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada's Polygamous Mormon Sect and has been providing extensive coverage of the trial in the Vancouver Sun.

    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, August 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Lee Moller - The God Con

    The crucifix is in! You can fool most of the people most of the time. In The God Con, Lee Moller, a life-long atheist and skeptic, looks at organized religion through the lens of the con. Organized religion has been selling an invisible product, that it never has to deliver, for thousands of years. It has given us bigotry, rampant paedophilia, terrorism, and bloodshed beyond imagining. And its acolytes have, in turn, given organized religion power over their bank accounts, their reproduction, and their very "souls."

    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, August 27, 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.

  • Sunday, September 03, 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.

  • Tuesday, September 05, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club: An Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins

    An Appetite for Wonder - The Making of a Scientist ebook by Richard Dawkins

    With the 2006 publication of The God Delusion, the name Richard Dawkins became a byword for ruthless skepticism and "brilliant, impassioned, articulate, impolite" debate (San Francisco Chronicle). his first memoir offers a more personal view.

    His first book, The Selfish Gene, caused a seismic shift in the study of biology by proffering the gene-centered view of evolution. It was also in this book that Dawkins coined the term meme, a unit of cultural evolution, which has itself become a mainstay in contemporary culture.

    In An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. He paints a vivid picture of his idyllic childhood in colonial Africa, peppered with sketches of his colorful ancestors, charming parents, and the peculiarities of colonial life right after World War II. At boarding school, despite a near-religious encounter with an Elvis record, he began his career as a skeptic by refusing to kneel for prayer in chapel. Despite some inspired teaching throughout primary and secondary school, it was only when he got to Oxford that his intellectual curiosity took full flight.

    Arriving at Oxford in 1959, when undergraduates "left Elvis behind" for Bach or the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dawkins began to study zoology and was introduced to some of the university's legendary mentors as well as its tutorial system. It's to this unique educational system that Dawkins credits his awakening, as it invited young people to become scholars by encouraging them to pose rigorous questions and scour the library for the latest research rather than textbook "teaching to" any kind of test. His career as a fellow and lecturer at Oxford took an unexpected turn when, in 1973, a serious strike in Britain caused prolonged electricity cuts, and he was forced to pause his computer-based research. Provoked by the then widespread misunderstanding of natural selection known as "group selection" and inspired by the work of William Hamilton, Robert Trivers, and John Maynard Smith, he began to write a book he called, jokingly, "my bestseller." It was, of course, The Selfish Gene.

    Here, for the first time, is an intimate memoir of the childhood and intellectual development of the evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist, and the story of how he came to write what is widely held to be one of the most important books of the twentieth century.

    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.



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