April 25, 2016 Newsletter

The BCHA and Canadian Secular Alliance have been granted leave to intervene at the BC Court of Appeal in the case of TWU vs Law Society of BC. This means that secular voices will be at the table, arguing for the limits of freedom of religion when it conflicts with the promotion of a more just and equal society.

This is a huge opportunity for our organization and the broader secular movement in Canada to set a strong precedent to define secularism in Canadian law.

The case will be heard from June 1-3, 2016 and the hearings will be open to the public. We'll share the specifics closer to the date.

Annual General Meeting

This is the final notice that on Sunday, May 1, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting. If you would like to know more about running for the board, please email us at [email protected].

Latest updates


• Secular voices to intervene against proposed evangelical law school
• BCHA joins global call to UN High Commissioner for Refugees to respect non-religious worldviews


• Humanists at Vaisakhi Day Celebrations

Upcoming events

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Annual General Meeting

Sun, May 1, 2016 at 10 AM
Oakridge Seniors' Centre, Vancouver

Hear reports from our current board and Executive Director. BCHA members have the chance to run & elect a new Board of Directors. Details can be found online.

Book club - Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong

Tue, May 3, 2016 at 7 PM
Goldis' Home, Vancouver

From the renowned and bestselling author of A History of God, comes a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. 

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Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson - Female Personhood

Sun, May 8, 2016 at 10 AM
Oakridge Seniors' Centre, Vancouver

Female personhood is one of the most urgent issues of our time and is deeply entwined with questions of religion. Learn what female personhood is and why it should matter deeply to Humanists around the world.

Adopt-a-Clinic Blood Drive

Sat, May 14, 2016 at 11 AM
Oak Street Clinic, Vancouver

Put humanist values in action by giving blood! Email[email protected] to confirm a space for our May 14 blood drive.

External Events

There are at least a couple documentaries of interest to humanists at the DOXA film festival. See the full schedule here.

LEFT ON PURPOSE - examines issues related the assisted suicide and dying with dignity.

Monday May 9, 6:45pm, Vancity Theatre

TRAPPED - Reproductive freedom and legal issues in the USA

Tuesday May 10, 6:00pm, The Cinematheque 

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