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. Apply to create a local group or to affiliate your existing group.

Attendees at events are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Local groups


  • Sunday, October 04, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    WELCOME TO A SUNDAY OF LEARNING AND DISCOURSE!

    You are invited to attend the Sunday Meeting Online to view and discuss a diverse selection of videos and how they relate to humanist values, perspectives, and practices.

    The videos are watched via a Zoom shared screen.

    You can join the Zoom meeting at:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87473322628

    If you would like to receive the Sunday program, please send your email address (unless you already have) to Jake at jakejake1945@gmail.com

    "Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspires to the greater good of humanity."

  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Mission Creek Regional Park in Kelowna, BC, Canada

    Secular Humanist Thinkers' Coffee Klatsch (outside)

    Please join us for casual and friendly discussion of secular humanism, history, politics, and culture at a physical distance.

    We will be practicing social distancing as per BC Health Guidelines.

    Please bring your own coffee and muffin.

    Look for us at the covered picnic structure. We do not book the space, so we may have to move for people who have booked the space.

    Bring your own chair; you may or may not need it.

    We will have a  sign on the table.

    Click on this picture to enlarge.

    We are meeting the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays every month.

    View full KASHA calendar

  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Online

    Vancouver Book Club

    Too Dumb for Democracy?
    Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones

    by David Moscrop
    Synopsis

    Bad decisions down to a science.
    D'oh-mocracy at its finest.
    Brexit. Trump. Ford Nation. In this timely book, David Moscrop asks why we make irrational political decisions and whether our stone-age brains can process democracy in the information age.
    In an era overshadowed by income inequality, environmental catastrophes, terrorism at home and abroad, and the decline of democracy, Moscrop argues that the political decision-making process has never been more important. In fact, our survival may depend on it.
    Drawing on both political science and psychology, Moscrop examines how our brains, our environment, the media, and institutions influence decision-making. Making good decisions is not impossible, Moscrop argues, but the psychological and political odds are sometimes stacked against us. In this readable and provocative investigation of our often-flawed decisions, Moscrop explains what's going wrong in today's political landscape and how individuals, societies, and institutions can work together to set things right.

    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.

    For invitation to Bookclub Online, please contact Dan Hanna (dan_hanna@telus.net).

     

  • Thursday, October 08, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Climate Justice in Canada

    In 2018, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that there was just 12 (now 9) years left to prevent unprecedented extreme weather events and all the consequences that entails. One year ago, millions took to the streets to call for climate action. 

    Since then, despite action from activists across the globe, progress has not always been as linear and substantive as many had hoped. However, we have already begun to feel the impacts of extreme weather — from devastating wildfires in North American and Australia, to polar ice caps melting at six times the rate they were 30 years ago. Now more than ever, it is clear we are in a pivotal time for action.

    In this panel, our speakers James Rowe, Emma-Jane Burian, and Kathryn Harrison will speak about the current state of climate justice in this unprecedented moment in time, and what work they see as crucial for the immediate future.

    Kathryn Harrison is a professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Before entering academia, Harrison worked as a chemical engineer in the oil industry, and as a policy analyst for both Environment Canada and the United States Congress. Harrison is the author or editor of several volumes, including Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, and has published widely on Canadian and US climate and environmental policy. She is currently working on a book on the comparative politics of carbon taxes in Canada, Australia, France, and Ireland.

    James Rowe is an associate professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He is a co-investigator with the Corporate Mapping Project and is active in the fossil fuel divestment movement.

    Emma-Jane Burian is a first-year political science student at the University of Victoria and activist who organizes on the beautiful homelands of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Most of her high school years were spent organizing for climate justice. She received a 2020 Victoria Leadership Award for her work on Flourishing and Safe Environments. Burian is now working to balance school and bringing her activism into politics, volunteering on multiple Green Party campaigns in the 2019 election, and in 2020 working as comms coordinator for Amita Kuttner’s Green Party Leadership campaign. She is determined to help solve the crises we face through building resilient communities.

    RSVP for the link to join the live Zoom event. Questions for the panel can be submitted in advance through email to emily.fagan@bchumanist.ca.

  • Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    WELCOME TO A SUNDAY OF LEARNING AND DISCOURSE!

    You are invited to attend the Sunday Meeting Online to view and discuss a diverse selection of videos and how they relate to humanist values, perspectives, and practices.

    The videos are watched via a Zoom shared screen.

    You can join the Zoom meeting at:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87473322628

    If you would like to receive the Sunday program, please send your email address (unless you already have) to Jake at jakejake1945@gmail.com

    "Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspires to the greater good of humanity."

  • Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 01:45 PM
    Chapman Creek Hatchery in Sechelt, BC, Canada

    Sunshine Coast Humanists meeting

    The Sunshine Coast Secular Humanist Association meets on the second Sunday of each month and sometimes on the 4th as well from 1:45 to 4:30 PM.

    We meet at the Salmon Fish Hatchery in Wilson Creek. It is left off Field Road (4381 Parkway Drive) about 1 km from Highway 101. Just follow the dirt road until you are at the bottom and ignore the sign that says that they are closed Sundays. Everyone welcome, no membership required. Phone Fred for more info: 604-741-0710.

  • Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    WELCOME TO A SUNDAY OF LEARNING AND DISCOURSE!

    You are invited to attend the Sunday Meeting Online to view and discuss a diverse selection of videos and how they relate to humanist values, perspectives, and practices.

    The videos are watched via a Zoom shared screen.

    You can join the Zoom meeting at:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87473322628

    If you would like to receive the Sunday program, please send your email address (unless you already have) to Jake at jakejake1945@gmail.com

    "Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspires to the greater good of humanity."

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Mission Creek Regional Park in Kelowna, BC, Canada

    Secular Humanist Thinkers' Coffee Klatsch (outside)

    Please join us for casual and friendly discussion of secular humanism, history, politics, and culture at a physical distance.

    We will be practicing social distancing as per BC Health Guidelines.

    Please bring your own coffee and muffin.

    Look for us at the covered picnic structure. We do not book the space, so we may have to move for people who have booked the space.

    Bring your own chair; you may or may not need it.

    We will have a  sign on the table.

    Click on this picture to enlarge.

    We are meeting the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays every month.

    View full KASHA calendar

  • Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    WELCOME TO A SUNDAY OF LEARNING AND DISCOURSE!

    You are invited to attend the Sunday Meeting Online to view and discuss a diverse selection of videos and how they relate to humanist values, perspectives, and practices.

    The videos are watched via a Zoom shared screen.

    You can join the Zoom meeting at:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87473322628

    If you would like to receive the Sunday program, please send your email address (unless you already have) to Jake at jakejake1945@gmail.com

    "Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspires to the greater good of humanity."

  • Sunday, November 01, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    WELCOME TO A SUNDAY OF LEARNING AND DISCOURSE!

    You are invited to attend the Sunday Meeting Online to view and discuss a diverse selection of videos and how they relate to humanist values, perspectives, and practices.

    The videos are watched via a Zoom shared screen.

    You can join the Zoom meeting at:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87473322628

    If you would like to receive the Sunday program, please send your email address (unless you already have) to Jake at jakejake1945@gmail.com

    "Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspires to the greater good of humanity."



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