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March for Science in Melbourne, Australia, on 22nd April, 2017, on the steps of the State Library in Swanston StreetWelcome to the Humanist Society of Victoria events portal. In our effort to help create a better society, Humanists get actively engaged in social and political action. We liaise and work co-operatively with many kindred organizations. In this section, you can find upcoming events on a range of issues directly and indirectly related to the humanist cause.

The Humanist Society of Victoria also conducts monthly public lectures on a variety of topics and monthly member discussion meetings. The discussions start at 11:00 am on the second Sunday of each month and are held in Hawthorn East, Victoria.

For an introduction, contact Stephen Stuart on (03) 9857 8318 or at info@vichumanist.org.au

Living within a “Chosen” Sect

Thursday 31 January 2019, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Photo of Peter VeitchFor this third and more casual get-together of the new Ex-Religious Support Network (ESN), members will meet in a friendly pub for a scrumptious meal and plenty of discussion and networking. Les Allan (ESN Convener) will lead a discussion with Peter Veitch on his experiences living within and later leaving a religious community that demanded obedience. Peter was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since childhood and left some 10 years ago. The meeting will explore issues around exclusion of outsiders, church authority and questioning of faith.

ESN is a private Meetup group. Membership of the group is required to see the event details. Read Event Details …

Losing Your Religion: Ex-Muslims Speak Out

Saturday 9 February 2019, 1:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Losing Your Religion: Ex-Muslims Speak Out 2019Bayview on the Park, 52 Queens Road, Melbourne
This conference aims to highlight the plight of ex-Muslims, challenge the punitive attitudes that plague them and take a stand for reason, secularism and human rights. Losing your religion can be hard, but for some, it can be fatal. For a Muslim, punishments for abandoning the faith range from ostracism and rejection by the family, to fines, imprisonment, flogging, and in 13 countries, death. Even in Australia, renouncing Islam can plunge the individual into a limbo of fear, rejection and harassment and can lead to repercussions for family members in home countries. Read Event Details …

International Darwin Day

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 5:00 pm onward

Statue of Charles Darwin at Natural History MuseumStudley Park, Kew, Melbourne
Anyone interested in evolution or Humanism is invited to join us at picturesque Studley Park (under the shelter by the electric barbecues) for a BYO picnic to celebrate the enormous positive impact Charles Darwin has had on the world. Each year on Darwin’s birthday, Humanists and other freethinkers celebrate his contribution to our understanding of the variety of life forms. The contribution Darwin made has completely transformed the way we humans perceive our place in the universe. His contribution enables us to see that all life forms, including humans, are naturally evolved rather than specially created.

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