"The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike" - Delos McKown
We are part of a network of autonomous Humanist Groups throughout Britain. We are affiliated to the Birmingham Humanists known colloquially as the BrumHums, who are in turn partners of the British Humanist Association (BHA). Our geographical area consists of Cannock, Dudley, Lichfield, Rugeley, Stafford, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Walsall, Wednesbury, Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire and all points in between. If you have a DY, WS, WV post code then we are probably your most local group. However if you live outside this area you can still subscribe to our mailing list from anywhere on the planet. It's free.
So by connecting with Lichfield Walsall and South Staffordshire (LWASS) Humanists you become part of a worldwide movement.
We are autonomous. Not a branch of the BHA. If you value your freedom from religion that has been hard-fought for over hundreds of years we would strongly urge you to join the BHA and the National Secular Society (NSS) as well as LWASS Humanist Group, to increase the strength of numbers. Recent worldwide events show that there are those of a religious perspective who would seek to take back those freedoms and return us to a time of religious domination where even voicing a different opinion from others can lead to a death sentence.
If you think like a humanist you are already in This link shows that people who think this way are over 1 billion..
Do the NON-Religious outnumber the Religious?
All religions are minority groups compared to the whole World population. Islam and Christianity claim high numbers but even if you are 1 billion in numbers you would still only be about 12% of the World population. That would mean that more than 85% think differently to you. And even within groupings like Christianity there are as many as 34,000 sects. Which gives an average of 50,000 per sect. In the UK for example, less than 6% of the UK population actually attend church. It is predicted that by 2020 attendance will be 4% with an average age of 56. Recent surveys show that more than 2/3 of the UK adult population are self declared NON-religious. More importantly the numbers for the non-religious tend to be adults who have thought about the issue and are therefore making an informed decision. Whereas the numbers claimed for the religious tend to include people under the age of 16 who generally adopt the religion of their parents without question.
We meet together to discuss various subjects of interest to members, including Humanism itself.
We may visit the theatre and museums (we, of course, like the Natural History Museum) and go on rambles. We try to be involved in local Arts Festivals, both for the publicity and to meet people who may never find out about us.
Many of our members are also involved in supporting local charities to help people less fortunate than ourselves.
The Group was founded in 2008 as a regional spin off from the Birmingham Humanists as the Lichfield Humanist Group. However it quickly became obvious that our catchment area of people who wished to explore humanism was wider than just Lichfield and so we rapidly became the Lichfield, Walsall and South Staffordshire Humanist Group (LWASS pronounced Elwass).
Humanism has its roots in prehistory but early humanist thought predates Christianity by at least 600 years.
Contemporary humanism can be traced back through the Renaissance to its ancient Greek roots. The term humanism was coined in 1808, based on the 15th century Italian term umanista, meaning "student of human affairs or human nature," as coined by Ludovico Ariosto.
Thales is credited with creating the maxim "Know thyself", and Xenophanes refused to recognize the gods of his time and reserved the divine for the principle of unity in the universe. Later Anaxagoras, often described as the "first freethinker", contributed to the development of science as a method of understanding the universe. These Ionian Greeks were the first thinkers to recognize that nature is available to be studied separately from any alleged supernatural realm. Pericles, a pupil of Anaxagoras, influenced the development of democracy, freedom of thought, and the exposure of superstitions.
The historian Thucydides is noted for his scientific and rational approach to history. In the third century BCE, Epicurus became known for his concise phrasing of the problem of evil, lack of belief in the afterlife, and human-centered approaches to achieving eudaimonia. He was also the first Greek philosopher to admit women to his school as a rule.