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, January 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    Greetings! For this week’s meeting, there are 2 parts: 1) Update on organizing the Sunday Meeting Volunteer Group, and 2) choice of Video & Discussion. 

    Video & Discussion: How is technology affecting you? Are you free to express your support or opposition? Are you living in a Democracy, and how much control of your life do you have? This week’s video choices: Genetic Engineering (CRISPR), What is the Point of Free Speech, Does Democracy Represent the People, or The Psychology of Luck. Please join us to contribute your ideas.

    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, February 02, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

    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, February 04, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Goldis' Home - Max 12 attendees in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Book Club

    Good and Mad

    The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

    by Rebecca Traister

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    Journalist Rebecca Traister’s New York Times bestselling exploration of the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement is “a hopeful, maddening compendium of righteous feminine anger, and the good it can do when wielded efficiently—and collectively” (Vanity Fair).

    Long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women’s March, and before the #MeToo movement, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic—but politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates its crucial role in women’s slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men.

    “Urgent, enlightened…realistic and compelling…Traister eloquently highlights the challenge of blaming not just forces and systems, but individuals” (The Washington Post). In Good and Mad, Traister tracks the history of female anger as political fuel—from suffragettes marching on the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Traister explores women’s anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is received based on who’s expressing it; and the way women’s collective fury has become transformative political fuel. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (especially rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions.

    Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Good and Mad is “perfectly timed and inspiring” (People, Book of the Week). This “admirably rousing narrative” (The Atlantic) offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.

    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, February 07, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    The Tipper Restaurant & Review Room in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Special lecture: Inspecting the House of Prayers

    At the end of November, MLAs voted unanimously to begin every day's sitting of the BC Legislature with "prayers and reflections" rather than "prayers." The change followed the publication in September of the BC Humanist Association's landmark House of Prayers Report.

    The Report examined the transcripts of 873 prayers said in the legislature between October 2003 and February 2019. It also included a thorough consideration of the various arguments against the practice and provided a series of recommendations for reform.

    Dr Teale Phelps Bondaroff was the lead author on the report and will be visiting Vancouver from his home in Saanich to speak about the report, changes since the report and some of BCHA's ongoing work on these issues.

    Dr Phelps Bondaroff, is an experienced researcher with a PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Cambridge and BAs in political science and international relations from the University of Calgary. He is currently serving as the Research Coordinator for the BCHA, and also conducts research on behalf of his strategy and research consultancy the Idea Tree Consulting, and in his capacity as Director of Research for OceansAsia. Dr. Phelps Bondaroff is also the Chair of the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception, coaches high school debate, and studies the strategic use of international law by non-state actors.


    Doors for the Review Room will open at 7 but feel free to arrive early to grab dinner at The Tipper. By purchasing food or a drink, you help reduce our costs for putting on the event.

    We acknowledge that this event takes place on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

    Transit: The venue is a short (15 minute) walk from Nanaimo station on the Expo line or the #20 #19 and #25 buses can all get you almost to the front door.

    Accessibility: Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

  • Sunday, February 09, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

    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, February 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

    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, February 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

    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, March 01, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

    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, March 03, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home - Max 12 attendees in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Book Club

    On Fire

    The Burning Case for a Green New Deal

    by Naomi Klein

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    **NATIONAL BESTSELLER

    A MUST-READ book. Naomi Klein pairs a decade of her powerful writing on our acute environmental decline with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next; and inspiringly offers here a politically viable, just, sustainable path forward.**

    For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet--and the champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with stability and justice at its center. In lucid dispatches from the frontlines--from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, to the annual smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, to a Vatican attempting an unprecedented "ecological conversion"--she has penned surging, indispensable lectures and essays for a wide public, with prescient, clarifying information about the future that awaits us and our children if we stick our heads in the sand. They show Klein at her most thoughtful, tracing the evolution of the climate crisis as the key issue of our time, not only as an immediate political challenge but as a spiritual and imaginative one too.
    Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of "perpetual now," to the soaring history of humans' ability to change rapidly in the face of grave threat, to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of "climate barbarism," this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink. Above all, she underscores how we can still rise to the existential challenge of the crisis if we are willing to transform our systems that are producing it, making clear how the battle for a greener world is indistinguishable from the fight for our lives.
    On Fire is a critical book: it captures the burning urgency of this moment, the fiery energy of a rising movement demanding change now, and lays out an inspiring vision for a sustainable future.

    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, March 08, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Vancouver Sunday Meeting

    TBD

    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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