Vancouver Humanists

We have been holding meetings in Vancouver since 1984 and are currently meeting every Sunday at the Oakridge Seniors Centre at 10:00 AM (click here for directions). We also hold a monthly book club on the first Tuesday of the month. Read about some of our past book clubs here.

You can also find all of our upcoming meetings in Vancouver on Meetup.

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

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    Greetings! Come join us this Sunday to view a selection of videos and then discuss them. The selections include:

    1. Canada on the brink: real-estate collapse

    2. Covid-19: how it will change the world

    3. Evaluating information sources

    4. The homeless speak up

    5. Why I don't own a car

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

  • 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

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

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

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

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

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

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

  • Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    ONLINE in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

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

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

    Vancouver Book Club

    The Devil's Pleasure Palace

    The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West

    by Michael Walsh

    Synopsis

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    In the aftermath of World War II, America stood alone as the world’s premier military power. Yet its martial confidence contrasted vividly with its sense of cultural inferiority. Still looking to a defeated and dispirited Europe for intellectual and artistic guidance, the burgeoning transnational elite in New York and Washington embraced not only the war’s refugees, but many of their ideas as well, and nothing has proven more pernicious than those of the Frankfurt School and its reactionary philosophy of “critical theory.”

    In The Devil's Pleasure Palace, Michael Walsh describes how Critical Theory released a horde of demons into the American psyche. When everything could be questioned, nothing could be real, and the muscular, confident empiricism that had just won the war gave way, in less than a generation, to a central-European nihilism celebrated on college campuses across the United States. Seizing the high ground of academe and the arts, the New Nihilists set about dissolving the bedrock of the country, from patriotism to marriage to the family to military service. They have sown, as Cardinal Bergoglio—now Pope Francis—once wrote of the Devil, “destruction, division, hatred, and calumny,” and all disguised as the search for truth.

    The Devil's Pleasure Palace exposes the overlooked movement that is Critical Theory and explains how it took root in America and, once established and gestated, how it has affected nearly every aspect of American life and society.

    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

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    TO BE ANNOUNCED in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Book Club

    The Evolution of God

    by Robert Wright

    Synopsis

    In this sweeping narrative that takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy. He explains why spirituality has a role today, and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest. And this previously unrecognized evolutionary logic points not toward continued religious extremism, but future harmony.

    Nearly a decade in the making, The Evolution of God is a breathtaking re-examination of the past, and a visionary look forward.

    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


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