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Request for Humanist membership of the Surrey SACRE. Jennie Johnson Farnham Humanists - affiliated to the British Humanist Association 23/11/5. What is Humanism?. an approach to life based on reason and our common humanity

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request for humanist membership of the surrey sacre

Request for Humanist membership of the Surrey SACRE

Jennie Johnson

Farnham Humanists

- affiliated to the British Humanist Association

23/11/5

what is humanism
What is Humanism?
  • an approach to life based on reason and our common humanity
  • living good and ethical lives without religious or superstitious beliefs
  • thinking rationally about right and wrong e.g. treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves
  • using the scientific method to understand the world
  • inspiration and fulfilment from the natural world, the arts, other people
the british humanist association
The British Humanist Association
  • Biggest UK organisation
  • Very positive about RE - e.g. full time education officer
  • Rights of passage e.g. Humanist funerals
  • Wide range of tried and tested education materials available
  • Support network for SACRE representatives
  • BHA and Surrey’s other local groups fully support this application
international humanism
International Humanism
  • Ancient China and India ~3000 years ago
  • Classical Greek Philosophers ………...
  • Today - 100 Humanist organisations across 30 countries
  • IHEU - Amsterdam Declaration 2002
humanism in surrey
Humanism in Surrey
  • Last census 15% adults non religious (5x as many as other non-Christian religious beliefs put together)
  • Young People in Britain survey 2003 - 65% 12 to 19 year olds did not regard themselves as belonging to any religion
  • Learning about morals and ethics from a non-religious point of view as well as religious
summary
Summary

Why there should be a Humanist on Surrey SACRE

  • Non statutory 2004 framework recommends study of “secular philosophies such as humanism”
  • To be in common with other SACREs
  • To reflect the belief nature of Surrey :

it is vital that the growing number of young un-believers do not find themselves in a moral vacuum

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