We have strived to make JCU Humanists a more professional and known society of JCU, with the poster for our upcoming talk looking a magazine, we are achieving this. Thanks to Joel Tann, our former president, for his skills. Let us live up to this standard by coming along and contributing to our biggest meeting yet! We need 2 – 3 more people who will lead 15 minute segments, it is not hard, in fact, it can be fun! We are keen to hear your thoughts on this issue, send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. Invite your friends! media-bias
A fellow philosophy/faith- related discussion group held a lunch yesterday on the topic of whether or not God continues to be relevant to modern Australia. The turn out was modest, yet the conversation was still thought-provoking, and it was good to have a small representation from the JCU Humanists! Here is a piece I wrote for the day, anyone who wants a 2 page essay on God and Australia, here it is! Keen to hear your thoughts! Is God still relevant to modern Australia
As those of you on our mailing list will know, our regular meeting room is being demolished in the near future, along with the building containing it.
Because of this, all future monthly meetings, including tonight’s discussion on groupthink, will be held in Building 27, Room 6 (Law, Business & Creative Arts).
We have a big line-up of events and activities planned for Semester 2 which we hope to see you at.
For starters we have our first meeting of the semester, a film screening of Life of Brian, this Monday July 28th, in DB23-004 at 7PM. Entry is free and food will be provided. Bring a friend and join us for a great night!
This Wednesday July 30th we will have a stall at the JCU Clubs and Societies market day from 10AM-2PM so come on down for a chat and some free stuff!
On Friday August 1st at 1PM our inaugural Skeptics at the Pub meeting will be held at the JCU Uni Club. We will be starting our “Coexist” discussion series on comparative religions over lunch and drinks – don’t miss it!
Our regular monthly meetings will continue at 7PM, DB23-004, on the first Monday of the month, and Skeptics at the Pub will continue to meet weekly at 1PM each Friday afternoon at the Uni Club.
Together with our friends from the JCU Christian Union, we will be holding a barbecue and film screening on Wednesday the 7th of May in support of refugees.
The barbecue will run from 11AM to 2PM between the Library and Education Central, where we will be selling sausages and cold drinks.
In the evening there will be a screening of “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” in room 3-001. Doors open at 6:30 for a 7PM start. Entry is free however the opportunity will be available to make a donation at the conclusion of the event.
All profits from these events will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, a largely community-funded charity organisation which has helped thousands of refugees in Australia since its inception in 2001.
For more information about the ASRC:
If you are interested in volunteering at either the BBQ or screening, the regular JCU Humanists meeting on Monday the 5th of May will be given over to information and planning for these events, so feel free to join us at 7PM in DB23-004 for more information!
Our inaugural meeting for 2014 is this Thursday the 27th! We’ll be having a film screening of Julia Sweeney’s “Letting Go of God”, with free pizza and drinks provided. Location is our usual meeting room in DB23-004, kicking off at 7PM.
If you’re new to uni and interested in finding out about our group, or maybe you’re a returning student who’s been meaning to check us out for a while, this is your chance to do so in a relaxed and informal setting. Get to know some friendly, like minded people and enjoy a free feed and a movie!
Our regular monthly discussion meetings start next Monday the 3rd of March, where our guest speaker, Townsville Humanists president Michael Crozier, will be facilitating a discussion on the topics of charities and the different schools of thought within Humanism.
Don’t forget about our O-Week stall this Wednesday! We’ll be out the front of the Refect from 10 till 2, and we still need volunteers! If you’re free between these times and keen to help, drop us a message and let us know. Or just front up on the day, that’s cool too.
Have a great first week of uni!
Hey all! Just a quick announcement that our next meeting, and final meeting for the year, will be our AGM for 2013, and will be held on the 21st of October at our usual location – 7PM, DB23-004. We’ll be hanging around after the meeting for some informal discussion and food as well.
We are looking for nominations for the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer, so if you feel up to the task, please let us know.
First of all, a huge thank you to all those who helped with organising last week’s Reason Week events.
Thank you also to our great speakers – Michael and Joel for your lecture on Wednesday, Tim Earnshaw and Tim Saunders for the debate on Thursday night, and our panelists and moderator at Friday night’s discussion: Sam, Liam, Duncan and Rishabh.
Finally, thank you to all of you who came along to the events, whether you came to just one night or made it to all three your interest and enthusiasm for talking about big philosophical, political and spiritual questions was great to see!
If you’re keen to discuss any of the issues raised over the course of the week further, don’t forget to come to our monthly discussion meeting, which will be held later this month on Monday the 16th at 7PM in DB23-004. Good discussions will be had and free pizza will be available!
If you missed any of the Reason Week events, all three nights were fully recorded. Check them out at the links below:
Wednesday – “Introduction to Secular Humanism” lecture presented by Michael Crozier and Joel Tann
Thursday – “Has Religion Become Redundant?” debate – Tim Saunders vs. Tim Earnshaw
Friday – “Secularism and the Future of Religion” panel discussion with Sam Wong, Liam McGuire and Duncan Porter, facilitated by Rishabh Verma
The JCU Humanists are pleased to announce JCU Reason Week 2013! We are excited to bring you three nights of free events during the first week of September to promote reason, free inquiry and inter-faith dialogue on campus.
The events are as follows:
Wednesday 4th September
“An Introduction to Secular Humanism”
with Michael Crozier (Townsville Humanists) and Joel Tann (JCU Humanists)
Thursday 5th September
“Has Religion Become Redundant?“
Tim Saunders (JCU Humanists) v. Tim Earnshaw (JCU Christian Union)
Friday 6th September
Inter-faith Panel Discussion
“Secularism and the Future of Religion“
with representatives from local religious and cultural groups
All events commence at
and will be held in the
Sir George Kneipp Auditorium (Building 26), James Cook University
A link to the JCU interactive campus map showing the location of the auditorium is provided below:
We look forward to seeing you at these events!