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, 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 · 1 rsvp
    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

  • Friday, June 05, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Online (RSVP for link)

    From the research desk: Private schools

    From the Research Desk is a regular check in with our research team, including our research coordinator, Dr Teale Phelps Bondaroff, and executive director, Ian Bushfield, on some of the current projects that our campaigns teams are working on.

    Watch past talks on YouTube.

    This week's talk will be on our work on private and faith-based schools in BC. We'll touch on how BC funds private (independent) schools, creationism and anti-LGBTQ policies in those schools and new research on how those students perform compared with public school students.

    Our third broadcast will be on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 7 PM. Recordings will be available for those not able to tune in live.

    Joining the meeting: The meeting will be held on Zoom. Learn more about how to set up Zoom in advanceRSVP to receive the link to attend.

    We also stream our events to our Facebook page.


    Ian Bushfield is executive director of the BC Humanist Association. He has a background in physics and nonprofit management.

  • 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.

    ADMISSION BY DONATION

  • Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Online (RSVP for link)

    Annual General Meeting 2020

    The Annual General Meeting of the BC Humanist Association will be held virtually via Zoom on June 27, 2020, at 7:00 PM (PDT) with the following agenda:

    1. Name the chair
    2. Determine if quorum is present
    3. Adopt Standing Rules
    4. Approval of the agenda
    5. Approval of the minutes of the previous AGM
    6. Receive the 2019 financial report
    7. Receive the Executive Director's Report
    8. Election of new directors
    9. Special Resolution: Directors Elections Bylaw Amendment
    10. Adjournment

    Only current members may vote at the AGM, proxies are not accepted. Minutes of the previous AGM, the full text of the proposed bylaw amendment and statements by candidates nominated for election will be posted on the members site.

    Additional statements from current members in reference to any business at the meeting may be submitted for publication to the members site by emailing info@bchumanist.ca.

    A test meeting will be held one week prior for all members to acquaint themselves with Zoom.


    [1] Up to six directors may be elected at the AGM. Any members wishing to nominate themselves to run for the board should contact the elections officer, J B Bell at jb.bell@bchumanist.org, no later than 7:00 PM on June 20, 2020. Candidates must have been members for at least six months prior to the date of the AGM. Read the full elections policy.



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