– provide monthly events offering stimulating speakers and a chance to keep up with current thinking and discuss topics of interest over a drink and pub meal.
– is a Facebook group for sharing news and events of interest to the atheist community. They also organise meetups in local pubs, for a chance to chat with fellow atheists, humanists, and secularists. Come along when you can and join in.
– the local monthly informal gathering of rational thinkers to hear talks on, and discuss, topics of interest.
– Facebook page for Oxford University Students.
The Oxford Atheists Secularists and Humanists is a student society that was founded in Michaelmas Term 2010 following the merger of the Oxford Secular Society into the Oxford Atheist Society, and aims to broaden the understanding of atheism amongst the University of Oxford populace.
– Facebook page. Brookes ASH aims to provide students a space for discussion, debate and activity for humanists, atheists, agnostics, free thinkers, rationalists and sceptics whatever their background. As well as provide a link to other like-minded organisations around Oxford and the UK
is the leading UK charity involved in the promotion of Humanism. Join to support their good work, make use of their celebrants, group speakers, and pastoral support listings, and to interact with fellow humanists. It includes the following sub sections:
The Defence Humanists (formerly the UK Armed Forces Humanist Association)
is a growing network of non-religious service personnel, MOD civil servants, veterans, and their families within the Humanists UK, who seek to represent the interests of all those who subscribe to humanist ideals.
has, for over 30 years, promoted humanism as a rational, naturalistic world view that trusts the scientific method as the most reliable route to truth and encourages a moral and ethical life based on logic, reason, and compassion. It campaigns for equality and diversity, particularly relating to sexual orientation and identity – both in the UK and internationally. Since 2012 it is proud to be the LGBT section of the Humanists UK.
the UK affiliate of the US-based Center for Inquiry (CFI) – is now inaugurated as a section of the British Humanist Association. It is concerned to defend and promote academic freedom, particularly from unjust legal threats, and to promote science-based policy primarily through the support of education, focusing on the following three areas:
- the application of science and/or reason to questions regarding religion and the supernatural
- the application of science and/or reason to pressing contemporary ethical dilemmas and social/political problems
- the question of what is, and is not, good science
is more politically focused, and campaigns for a secular state. Campaigns include various ones for:
- Education and school
- Religion and the state
- Equality and Human Rights
- and actions against animal cruelty, clerical child abuse …
of which Humanists UK is a founding member, is a secular, multi-faith group, promoting inclusive admission and employment policies for all schools, and “an objective, fair and balanced syllabus for education about religious and non-religious beliefs”. Other member groups include the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, British Muslims for Secular Democracy, the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, and the Hindu Academy.
is a 125-year-old charity dedicated to reason, science, and secularism. It promotes evidence-based debate and human-centered ethics through publishing and broadcasting. Publications include a print magazine (New Humanist), a blog, and regular podcasts. (Links on our resources pages)
Conway Hall Ethical Society, a membership organisation and educational charity with a history spanning two centuries.
The Hall hosts a wide variety of lectures, classes, performances, community, and social events. It is renowned as a hub for free speech and independent thought. Hosting suffragettes, political radicals, scientists, philosophers, artists, performers, campaigns, charities, and other non-profit organisations.
Our Library holds the Ethical Society’s collection, which is the largest and most comprehensive Humanist and ethics-related research resource of its kind in the United Kingdom.
”We, non-believers, atheists, and ex-Muslims….insist that no one be pigeonholed as Muslims with culturally relative rights nor deemed to be represented by regressive Islamic organisations and ‘Muslim community leaders’. Those of us who have come forward…represent countless others who are unable or unwilling to do so because of the threats faced by those considered ‘apostates’ – punishable by death in countries under Islamic law.”
– Do visit their web-site and consider making a donation.
Humanists International (formally IHEU)
- is the international voice of humanism and secularism, to which both Humanists UK and NSS are affiliated. Individuals can join Humanists International or its Youth Organisation, IHEYO
- helps schools in Uganda working to offer liberal, humanist education to needy children. Founded by Ugandan Humanists and run as charities, the schools are inclusive and do not discriminate on grounds of religion, social or ethnic background
aims : “to support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance, and human suffering”.