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, October 01, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home - Max 12 attendees in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Book Club

    The War on Normal People

    The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

    by Andrew Yang

    Synopsis

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    From 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a captivating account of how "a skinny Asian kid from upstate" became a successful entrepreneur, only to find a new mission: calling attention to the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy amid rapid technological change and automation.

    The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve years--jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society?

    In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire-but is it unavoidable?

    In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different future--one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision's core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income-and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls "human capitalism."

    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

  • Saturday, October 05, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    Canadian Blood Services Oak Street in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Blood Drive for Life

    Life is a short and irreplaceable experience. As Humanists we strive to live to the fullest and we desire for other people to have the same fulfilling experience.

    We are seeking 9 donors to give blood. (1 slot has been filled by a BCHA Staff already!)

    If you are interested, please check your eligibility here.

    If you are eligible, please click below or email Nancy@BCHumanist.ca to register (or RSVP) - please include whether you've donated before.

    Post Donation café to follow- What makes life so special. How can we live to the fullest without religion?

    Why blood donation matters

    ‘’Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.’’ (WHO 2017)

  • Sunday, October 06, 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.

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 06:30 PM
    SFU Gold Corp Theatre (Woodwards, Gastown)

    VIFF Film Screening and Discussion- Human Nature

    Join us for a Vancouver International Film Festival screening and discussion about bio-research on human DNA.

    One of the most significant scientific breakthroughs in history, the discovery of CRISPR has made it possible to manipulate human DNA, paving the path to a future of great possibilities. The implications of this could mean the eradication of disease or, more controversially, the possibility of genetically pre-programmed children.

    Breaking away from scientific jargon, Human Nature pieces together a complex account of bio-research for the layperson as compelling as a work of science-fiction. But whether the gene-editing powers of CRISPR (described as "a word processor for DNA") are used for good or evil, they’re reshaping the world as we know it. As we push past the boundaries of what it means to be human, Adam Bolt’s stunning work of science journalism reaches out to scientists, engineers, and people whose lives could benefit from CRISPR technology, and offers a wide-ranging look at the pros and cons of designing our futures.

     

    Purchase tickets directly from VIFF.org or at the theatre box office. 

    Meet and greet in the theater lobby at 6:30 pm (we are wearing BC Humanist pins) 

    Post-film discussion place to be agreed upon by attending guests. 

     

    Trailer: http://www.filmswelike.com/films/human-nature

     

     

  • Sunday, October 13, 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.

  • Monday, October 14, 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, October 15, 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, October 17, 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/).

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Light the Night Blood Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

    No thoughts and prayers here. Just solidarity and support for patients and survivors. Please join us in raising awareness and funds for blood cancer research. We can’t count on miracles to end cancer but can support researchers in finding a cure.

    Join or donate to the BC Humanist Association team (click the red buttons on our team page) and RSVP here for more information.

    About the Light the Night walk in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada

  • Sunday, October 20, 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.



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