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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

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)

Saturday 25 May 2019, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton
The first Melbourne-based forum on Modern Monetary Theory will be a two-hour audience-based discussion of the theory led by Emeritus Professor Bill Mitchell (Director for the Centre of Full Employment and Equity). Modern Monetary Theory is an economic perspective for the 21st century that offers a paradigm shift in how we understand money and the economy. It is built on the work of academic economists, finance industry and banking experts as well as central bank insiders, two distinct groups that came to the same conclusions independently. Read Event Details …

The Mental Health Impact of Ever-changing JW Beliefs

Tuesday 11 June 2019, 8:00 to 10:00 pm

110 Grey St, East Melbourne (Melways: 2G, D2)
Hosted by the Atheist Society and featuring Sarah Blaire. Read Event Details …

Movie: Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Wednesday 12 June 2019, 6:30 pm

Poster for the movie - Islam: The Future of Tolerance

Venue: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria (Find on Google Maps)
The Rationalist Society of Australia warmly invites you to this special screening of Islam and the Future of Tolerance. In a world riven by violence and misunderstanding, prominent atheist author Sam Harris and Islamist-turned-liberal Muslim Maajid Nawaz seek to provide a remedy to the polarizing rhetoric and obscurantism around the topic of Islam. Exclusive to this event, the film’s director and producer will partake in a special Q&A after the screening. Book online at FanForce. A minimum of 60 ticket sales is required for the event to go ahead.

An Ex-Pentecostalist Meets an Ex-Catholic

Sunday 16 June 2019, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Photo of Matt Fraser and Caoimhe Geraghty

Melbourne, Victoria
Matt Fraser was raised in a strict Church of the Brethren family in New Zealand. Meanwhile, Caoimhe Geraghty was brought up as a faithful Roman Catholic in Ireland. Both in their own way struggled with their faith and the bonds of family and church. What happens when these two heretics meet and they forge a life together? In this Ex-Religious Support Network (ESN) Q&A, Les Allan (ESN Facilitator) will explore with Matt and Caoimhe (pronounced “Queeva”) the forces that persuaded them to break free from their respective churches and the intertwined family and social bonds that delayed the separation. Find out how they’ve made a new life for themselves independent of their former religious communities. This will be an interactive session in which you’ll have a chance to engage in a conversation with Matt and Caoimhe. ESN is a private Meetup group. Membership of the group is required to see the event details. Read Event Details …

Australian Humanist Convention 2019

Saturday 22 Jun 2019 9:00 am to Sunday 23 June 4:00 pm

Council of Australian Humanist Societies Annual Convention 2019 banner

Humanist House, 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale, NSW
This is a Humanist convention that gets down to work. Rather than celebrity speakers, there will be sessions with panels of two or more participants, mostly members of Humanist Societies, who each speak briefly, then respond to constructive Q&A. Held over two days, sessions will include ‘Developing Australian Humanism through Signature Campaigns’, ‘Building Our Community through Engagement and Diversity’ and ‘Australian Humanism – Past, Present, Future – City by City’ Read Event Details …

Believers in Disbelief

Sunday 21 July 2019, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm [note change of date]

Photo of David Ayliffe

Melbourne, Victoria
For this meeting of the Ex-Religious Support Network (ESN), ESN Facilitator Les Allan will ask David Ayliffe questions about life in a high demand fundamentalist religious group where the leader claimed to be God. Humour remains a pathway to mental health for David who went on to lead the group after “God” died. David says he probably could have been God too, but fortunately recognised he didn’t quite have the skills required.

David was involved with the dangerous religious cult called Zion Full Salvation Ministry. With his brother, he published a book about his experiences titled My Brother’s Eyes. David currently works with clients with brain injuries and also conducts weddings, funerals and naming and commitment ceremonies as a civil celebrant. ESN is a private Meetup group. Membership of the group is required to see the event details. Read Event Details …

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