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, September 20, 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."

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 05:00 PM

    The Arbiters of Faith: Prayer in the BC Legislature and Religious Entanglement

    Daily sittings of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (BC), Canada begin with a prayer or reflection delivered by a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). MLAs have the option of using a sample prayer from a list of five provided by Legislative staff, or of delivering a prayer of their own devising. In late 2019, the Office of the Clerk set about revising the list of sample prayers to include a greater diversity of beliefs. Every step that Clerk must take raises practical questions with respect to how bureaucrats can actually make these decisions about what constitutes religion and which religions to select, and to more fundamental questions regarding the appropriateness of the decisions made.

    In this talk, Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, Research Coordinator for the BC Humanist Association, will explore the many practical and constitutional challenges faced by the Clerk in this process and potential alternatives to the current sample prayer system as proposed in a paper recently published by himself and Ian Bushfield.

    Phelps Bondaroff is a researcher and community organizer with a PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Cambridge, and BAs in political science and international relations from the University of Calgary. Teale is the Research Coordinator for the BC Humanist Association, the Director of Research for OceansAsia, a marine conservation organization based out of Hong Kong, the Chair and Co-founder of the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception, and a volunteer member of the board of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network. His academic research examines the strategic use of international law by non-state actors. He enjoys playing hockey, building giant puppets, placemaking, and board games, and lives in Saanich with his partner Stephanie. 

    NOTE: This event is exclusive to BC Humanist Association members. You can join our membership program today for as low as $10 a year — just click here.

  • Sunday, September 27, 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 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).

     

  • 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



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