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


  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Online (email for link)

    Zoom Room KASHA Coffee Klatsch - Talk with our President

    Are you missing the social interaction & conversations at the KASHA Secular Humanist Thinkers’ Café which used to occur at 8:30 am on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month at Urban Fare Mission Park, but is now stopped due to COVID-19 concerns?

    Then what follows is a suggested alternative, named Zoom Room Coffee Klatsch; this will be an On Line Discussion group that herein is proposed will occur on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. All you need to attend the online Coffee Klatsch is internet service and a computer with audio and, preferably, a camera to show your face; you do, however, have to bring your own coffee or other beverage of choice. You do not need to get Zoom software, but instead just Log On to the unique meeting Zoom Web Link at the Date/Time that will be sent to you via email. The concept is that at each Zoom Room Coffee Klatsch the participants can choose what they want to talk about. To get us started there may be a couple of suggested discussion topics, such as for example: (1) During this COVID-19 shut-in period how are you managing to get groceries and staples, and/or do you need some help? (2) How long do you think the COVID-19 shut-in period will last, in Canada, BC and more specifically in the Central Okanagan? OR even, (3) Is Klatsch the correct spelling, or should it be Klatch, Clatch, Clutch or the original German word Kaffeeklatsch (i.e., Gossip over Coffee)? These are just a few ideas to get us started, but thereafter Coffee Klatsch participants will decide on discussion topics of interest to each of them. There is no requirement you attend any Zoom Room Coffee Klatsch online meeting (even if you are emailed the Zoom Web Link); you also can leave each meeting anytime you wish by pushing the ‘Leave Meeting’ button in Zoom. Interested?

    If you are interested in participating in this ‘new’ way to socially interact in these difficult self-distanced and home-bound times, then send an email to Reg Olson at rocdocedbc@gmail.com. Reg will respond confidentially to each interested participant to explain: (a) how Zoom basically works, (b) how the protocols for the Zoom Room Coffee Klatsch will or should work, and (c) answer any questions you may have.

    Depending on responses, the tentative plan is to have the first or inaugural Zoom Room Coffee Klatsch Meeting on April 28th 9:00am, and then on at the latest by Tuesday, May 12th. It will continue thereafter so long as there are interested participants.

    Details on the KASHA website

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    Online (RSVP for link)

    Humanist Virtual Townhall ft KASHA's Greater Good Committee

    A chance for members to talk with the BC Humanist Association's Executive Director and other members about the state of Humanism and the BCHA.

    This week, our ED will be joined by Lori Foster of the Kelowna Atheists, Skeptics & Humanists Association's Greater Good Committee to discuss some of their work and how Humanists can do good while physically distancing.

    Participation is limited to current members. Join or renew your membership now.

    The event will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page.

    RSVP below to get the link to join in your email.

  • Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

    Sunday meetings are now taking place via Skype. Email Dan Hanna (dan_hanna@telus.net) for an invite to the next meeting.

  • Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    https://www.twitch.tv/joefulgham/

    Viral Transmissions

    The BCHA is proud to support Viral Transmissions, a weekly streamed COVID-19 update featuring Caustic Soda podcast alumni Toren Atkinson, Joe Fulgham, & Dr. Rob Tarzwell.

    Watch it on Twitch following the 7pm cheer.

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Book Club

    Why Buddhism is True

    The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

    by Robert Wright

    Synopsis

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    From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

    At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness.

    In this “sublime” (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life—how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution.

    This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright’s landmark book on evolutionary psychology,  The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world’s most skilled meditators. The result is a story that is “provocative, informative and...deeply rewarding” (The New York Times Book Review), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.

    Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a member's 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.

    Please call for the address

  • Sunday, June 07, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

    Sunday meetings are now taking place via Skype. Email Dan Hanna (dan_hanna@telus.net) for an invite to the next meeting.

  • Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

    Sunday meetings are now taking place via Skype. Email Dan Hanna (dan_hanna@telus.net) for an invite to the next meeting.

  • Sunday, June 14, 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, June 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

    Sunday meetings are now taking place via Skype. Email Dan Hanna (dan_hanna@telus.net) for an invite to the next meeting.

  • Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 01:30 PM
    Courtenay Public Library in Courtenay, BC, Canada

    Comox Valley Humanists Meeting - Jennifer Fallis, Starhunter

    Details to be announced

    Presenter: Jennifer Fallis, Starhunter

    How to find us: Look for the glassed meeting room to the left of and behind the main desk.

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