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, June 19, 2018 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, June 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting: Samir Gandesha - Weaponizing words

    The “No-platforming” of speakers with whom we fundamentally disagree can suggest that force ought to prevail over speech that is itself regarded as “violent.” This suggestion is deeply corrosive.

    Samir Gandesha wrote a recent editorial for OpenDemorcacy on free speech and will be expanding on his comments in an upcoming SFU panel entitled Weaponizing Words: The Dilemmas of Free Speech. The panel features trans rights activist Morgane Oger and BC Civil Liberties Executive Director Josh Paterson.

    Prior to his panel discussion, Dr Gandesha will present some of his arguments at our Sunday meeting.

    Samir Gandesha is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. His work has appeared in Political TheoryNew German Critique,  Constellations Logos, Kant StudienPhilosophy and Social CriticismTopia, the European Legacy, the European Journal of Social TheoryArt Papers, the Cambridge Companion to Adorno and Herbert Marcuse: A Critical Reader as well as in several other edited books. He is co-editor with Lars Rensmann of Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations (Stanford, 2012). He is co-editor (with Johan Hartle) of Spell of Capital: Reification and Spectacle (University of Amsterdam Press, 2017) and Aesthetic Marx (Bloomsbury Press, 2017) also with Johan Hartle. He has also contributed to openDemocracy, Canadian Dimension, the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail. In the Spring of 2017, he was the Liu Boming Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at the University of Nanjing and Visiting Lecturer at Suzhou University of Science and Technology in China.

    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, June 25, 2018 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

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 09:30 AM
    Quality Foods meeting room in Courtenay, BC, Canada

    Online addiction issues

    With members from the Comox Valley and Campbell River, the Comox Valley Humanists meet at 9:30 am on the last Saturday of each month. Drop-ins are welcome.  If you would like to attend a meeting or find out more about the group, please email cvhumanists@gmail.com. Check current meeting schedule at cvhumanists.org

  • Sunday, July 01, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting: Open discussion (TBC)

    For the Canada Day holiday, we'll have another open discussion on a topic we'll leave up to our members. If you have suggestions, email exdir@bchumanist.ca

    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, July 03, 2018 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, July 08, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting: Alexa Tanner - Can we use science and our values to save us from natural disasters?

    The Amsterdam Declaration of Humanism says science "must be tempered by human values" and that we should seek to apply the principles of democracy as broadly as possible.

    So how can scientific knowledge be combined with values, and can it be done in a deliberative decision-making process?

    Alexa Tanner is a PhD student at UBC's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. She is studying how people perceive and make decisions pertaining to natural disaster risk, supervised by Dr. Stephanie Chang. Her work addresses the social aspects of natural disasters with an emphasis on earthquakes and flooding.

    Her work couples science, risk management and public policy decisions. She's studied flooding and flood mitigation and how poor decision making processes can have ripple effects, for example Springbank in Calgary. She is also involved in a project studying maritime transportation disruptions (primarily from earthquakes) in BC and local risk governance.

    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.

  • Sunday, July 08, 2018 at 02:00 PM
    lelem' Arts & Cultural Cafe in Fort Langley, BC, Canada

    Langley & Maple Ridge Humanists Meetup

    Our next get together will be Sunday July 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM at:

    lelem' Arts & Cultural Café
    100 - 23285 Billy Brown Rd, Langley, BC V1M 0C8

    For those who have never been there it's in Fort Langley. Just go north on Glover and take the first left after the train tracks. It's a beautiful cafe with indoor and outdoor seating.

    http://lelem.ca/

    Just for fun bring your favorite book about atheism / humanism for group discussion.

  • Monday, July 09, 2018 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.

  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting: Sonja Luehrmann - Religion and reproductive rights in Russia today

    Sonja Luehrmann is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University. She has published two books on atheism and religion in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia. Her current research deals with anti-abortion activism and the movement to restore "traditional family values" in the Russian Orthodox Church.

    In her previous talk for us, Dr Luehrmann talked about the use of anti-religion/pro-atheist propaganda in the Soviet Union.

    In this talk, Dr Luehrmann will talk about her current research on religion and anti-abortion activism in contemporary Russia.

    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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