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, August 20, 2019 at 08:30 AM
    Urban Fare Cafe Mission Park in Kelowna, BC, Canada

    Secular Humanist Thinkers Cafe

    Please join us for casual and friendly discussion of secular humanism, history, politics and culture. At the Urban Fare Cafe, you can get a coffee and muffin for under three bucks!

    We will have different topics every meeting, decided upon by the previous meeting.

    This is a family friendly meet-up to socialize and discuss the topics relevant to secular humanists.

    We can’t offer babysitting, but the cafe is a large space which can accommodate a table for kids to draw and eat.

    Look for us at the end of the cafe by the screens. We will have a sign on the table.

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

  • Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    Bree Gardner of AccessBC is our guest speaker. The title of Bree's presentation is: Access BC: Reproductive justice policy as community healing, reclamation, and transformative justice.

    Bree is a multi-disciplinary activist originally hailing from Dartmouth, NS. Trans-spectrum, chronically ill, queer, disabled, and experiencing poverty, Bree’s primary focus is on Safer Spaces, Harm Reduction, and Access to Healthcare. They are an abortion doula certified through Full Spectrum Doula Collective Canada, and a practicing herbalist. Bree has worked with music festivals across the country to provide safer spaces and harm reduction policies, spoken at numerous conferences, regularly teaches workshops, and formerly hosted a podcast addressing the ongoing concerns of grassroots organizing - particularly as it pertains to queer and trans-spectrum folks.

    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.

  • Monday, August 26, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Tonics Pub in Kelowna, BC, Canada

    Skeptics in the Pub

    Come on in! Grab a drink and chair. Join skeptics, atheists and freethinkers for stimulating and intriguing conversation. All are welcome for open discussion, learning and new friendship.

    Your host for this event is Richard. Look for the table with the sign or ask the staff where the skeptics table is.

    This social meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of every Month

  • Sunday, September 01, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    Topic TBC

    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 03, 2019 at 08:30 AM
    Urban Fare Cafe Mission Park in Kelowna, BC, Canada

    Secular Humanist Thinkers Cafe

    Please join us for casual and friendly discussion of secular humanism, history, politics and culture. At the Urban Fare Cafe, you can get a coffee and muffin for under three bucks!

    We will have different topics every meeting, decided upon by the previous meeting.

    This is a family friendly meet-up to socialize and discuss the topics relevant to secular humanists.

    We can’t offer babysitting, but the cafe is a large space which can accommodate a table for kids to draw and eat.

    Look for us at the end of the cafe by the screens. We will have a sign on the table.

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

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Book Club

    Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement

    by 

    Ingmar Persson & Julian Savulescu

     Unfit for the Future argues that the future of our species depends on our urgently finding ways to bring about radical enhancement of the moral aspects of our own human nature. We have rewritten our own moral agenda by the drastic changes we have made to the conditions of life on earth. Advances in technology enable us to exercise an influence that extends all over the world and far into the future. But our moral psychology lags behind and leaves us ill equipped to deal with the challenges we now face. We need to change human moral motivation so that we pay more heed not merely to the global community, but to the interests of future generations. It is unlikely that traditional methods such as moral education or social reform alone can bring this about swiftly enough to avert looming disaster, which would undermine the conditions for worthwhile life on earth forever. Persson and Savulescu maintain that it is likely that we need to explore the use of new technologies of biomedicine to change the bases of human moral motivation. They argue that there are in principle no philosophical or moral objections to such moral bioenhancement. Unfit for the Future challenges us to rethink our attitudes to our own human nature, before it is too late.

    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

  • Monday, September 09, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Social 242 Lounge in Kelowna, BC, Canada

    Skeptics in the Pub

    Come on in! Grab a drink and chair. Join skeptics, atheists and freethinkers for stimulating and intriguing conversation. All are welcome for open discussion, learning and new friendship.

    Your host for this event is Richard. Look for the table with the KASHA sign or ask the staff where the table is.

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 08:30 AM
    Urban Fare Cafe Mission Park in Kelowna, BC, Canada

    Secular Humanist Thinkers Cafe

    Please join us for casual and friendly discussion of secular humanism, history, politics and culture. At the Urban Fare Cafe, you can get a coffee and muffin for under three bucks!

    We will have different topics every meeting, decided upon by the previous meeting.

    This is a family friendly meet-up to socialize and discuss the topics relevant to secular humanists.

    We can’t offer babysitting, but the cafe is a large space which can accommodate a table for kids to draw and eat.

    Look for us at the end of the cafe by the screens. We will have a sign on the table.

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

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 07:45 PM
    Bean Scene Downtown in Kelowna, BC, Canada

    Living Without Religion Discussion Cafe

    Living Without Religion Discussion Café 3rd Thursday of the month @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

    Where: Bean Scene, 371 Bernard Ave, small private room at the back of the cafe, please purchase a drink or dessert to support the cafe as the room is free.

    Time: 7:45pm- 9:00pm

    Please come between 7:45pm – 8:00pm where we will informally socialize.
    Please read the guidelines (https://askuskelowna.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/LRG_terms-and-Conditions-and-first-meetings-agenda-KASHA.pdf) that will be handed out, and check the boxes before continuing with the meeting.

    The meetings will promptly start at 8:00pm
    8:00 – 8:10pm – Introductions
    8:10 – 9:00pm – Topic Discussions

    Possible topics:
    Dealing with family and friends. Are there stages of faith? What are the hierarchy of values? How do we understand death? Can we quit a belief system?

    9:00pm – Official close of the meeting. The cafe is open till 10:30pm but our booked room may not be available.
    Visit us at (https://askuskelowna.ca/).
    Sign up for KASHA's newsletter at (https://askuskelowna.ca/contact/).

  • Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 02:30 PM
    Trinity Western House in Langley City, BC, Canada

    September get together

    Turned out that the space at Trinity House was great. We had a private meeting room with air conditioning, a view out the window so we could see if any of our members were looking for us, no hassle, no questions about who we were. Drinks were available by donation. It is directly across the street from The Fort Pub. It was nice and cool on an exceptionally hot day. We are quickly adding new members but I would love to see some members who haven't been out in a while join us again soon or make suggestions about what they might be missing.

    In August I will be away so the next get together I can organize will be September 22, same place, same time. Trinity House 9272 Glover Road at 2:30. If anyone wants to take over and organize a get together for August just let me know and I will share email addresses and details about how to do this.

    It has been suggested that I should setup a closed group on FB to make communications easier. Please let me know if that is something you would like me to do and I can get it done.

    Great to see those that came out and looking forward to a September meet when I get back.

    Judy



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