Lets Talk About...

Over the summer and autumn Kent Humanists is making a bit of a departure from the format of our regular meetings. Instead of invited speakers we are running a series of five ‘conversations’ on topics that are currently hot topics in the news.

Starting in June we will be talking about our hereditary monarchy which seems quite apposite given the Jubilee celebrations that we have just participated in.

We will also be looking at the BBC and the future of public service broadcasting, how we can promote environmental sustainability by becoming good green consumers, is WOKE’ism a force for liberation or oppression? and then a look at War and Peace and the situation in Ukraine and our response to the war. Who knows what it will look like by September?

So join us and join in the conversation. All these meetings will be at St Stephen's Hall.

See you there!

Upcoming meeting

Sunday 18 September 2022 @ 2:30pm to 4:00pm

St Stephens Church Hall, Canterbury

‘Let’s talk about ‘WOKE’

“[In the 1980’s] PC [Political Correctness] was all about concern for other people, but wokeness is narcissistic and about yourself. The power of difference — the ability to enjoy and inhabit the world with people with whom you do not agree — seems to have given way to the power of taking offence and a demand for purity. Now when people complain about a joke it is not to challenge inequality and discrimination for others, as much as it is about showing what a right-thinking person they are.” ~ Comedian Simon Fanshawe

The term WOKE was originally coined by African Americans drawing their attention to the need for them to be ‘awake’, WOKEn up, to bigotry and racial discrimination in society. It gained traction in the 2010’s following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 and was popularised by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. It then became widened out to refer to any issues relating to women’s, disability and LGBT+ rights. So what is there to object to? Surely any liberal person would subscribe to being sensitive to the needs of minority groups subject to prejudice? The trouble is that while we have praiseworthy activities like ‘Taking the Knee’ on the one hand, we also see free-speech attacked through the practice of ‘deplatforming’ speakers. So is WOKE a movement for liberation or oppression?

Dates for your diary

Sun 23 Jan 2022 — All about Happiness

Sun 20 Feb 2022 — Recreational Drugs, Ethics and Legislation

Sun 20 Mar 2022 — Does art make us better people?

Sun 24 Apr 2022 — Living Well — Introduction to the new set of Humanist practical ethics booklets (date shifted to avoid clash with Easter weekend)


Sun 19 Jun 2022 —Let’s talk about heredity monarchy. What does it give us? Do we still need it?

Sun 17 Jul 2022 — Let’s talk about the BBC. What is the future of public broadcasting? In the modern age should all broadcasting be funded by subscription and advertising?

Sun 21 Aug 2022 — Let’s talk about ‘Green Consumerism’. How can we promote sustainability through what we buy and consume? Should we all go vegan as  David Attenborough recommends?

Sun 18 Sep 2022 — Let’s talk about WOKE’ism and Political Correctness. Are these liberating or oppressive movements?

Sun 16 Oct 2022 — Let's talk about War and Peace. Can war ever be justified? We will look at the Just War theory and how it relates to Ukraine, Passivism, War Crimes, and how refugees should be treated.

Sun 20 Nov 2022 — Annual General Meeting

Sun 18 Dec 2022 — Christmas Social

About Kent Humanists

Kent Humanists meet on the third Sunday of each month at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in Humanism and are not restricted to members, we ask only for a nominal contribution towards the hire of the hall.

You can become a full member of Kent Humanists for an annual subscription of £15.00 or £10.00 if you are a member of the national organisation Humanists UK.

Students who take advantage of Humanists UK free subscription scheme may also join Kent Humanists for free. Please email for further details.

Our Charity for the year 2022

At each AGM Kent Humanists choose a charity to support for the year. This year's charity is The Kitchen CT9, part of the charitable company, Thanet Iceberg Project. The Kitchen provides home cooked meals largely prepared from surplus food either for free or an affordable donation. It offers a community space, a warm place to spend the day, mental health support and creative activity. It also runs a community fridge scheme.

“You drop off good but unwanted food

We check it is safe to eat and packaging is undamaged

We relabel it with clear guidance on its use by date

We store it in the Fridge or Freezer as appropriate

Anyone can help themselves to what is on the shelf.”

There will be an opportunity to donate cash at our regular monthly meetings.

Humanist Speakers

Kent Humanists are always pleased to consider requests to talk about any aspect of humanism to your group or society. Please  contact us directly if this is of interest.

We also have a number of trained school speakers accredited by Humanists UK available for assemblies, classroom talks and diversity days with material suitable for all year groups. Please book through  Humanists UK  who will forward the request to us.

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