Welcome 

We offer a community for the nonreligious,
and a forum for discussing and advancing
a secular worldview based on our common humanity.

We engage in a variety of regular activities which are free and open to the public.  We welcome guests, so if you’re curious come to one of our events and try us out here: Events Calendar

We are on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Secular-Humanist-Association/1209…

Contact Us at Communications VSHA for any general inquiries about the VSHA or if you would like to receive email notifications of upcoming events. Please provide your name and email adress to receive these notifications. If you want to become a member, please go to our membership page for information.

For media inquiries, contact our President at President VSHA

About Us

Welcome to the Victoria Secular Humanist Association (VSHA)

The Humanist Life Stance

Being good: Humanists are concerned about the 'good life' - a life of integrity, using the concepts ethics and compassion. They seek personal happiness and fulfillment as well as the welfare of humankind, and the protection of the natural environment including biodiversity and ecosystems.

Without God: Humanists typically describe themselves as skeptics, agnostics, or non-theists . To find answers to problems, they look to reason and science rather than religious creeds or sacred texts.

"Humanists are guided by reason and scientific inquiry, inspired by music and art, and motivated by ethics, compassion, and fairness."  from Greg M. Epstein in Good without God (2005)

VSHA Events

The Victoria Secular Humanist Association is pleased to present events for the education of our members and guests. We have  two featured events:

  • Our Sunday Talks are held every two weeks from September through to May. Guest speakers provide their insights into a number of different topics of interest to secular humanists followed by a question and answers session.
  • Our Humanist Cafés are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Specific topics of current interest are introduced by a guest speaker followed by a moderated discussion.

In addition we have the following locations for members to gather to socialize and discuss topics of interest, as well as field trips and special occasions:

  • Sunday morning breakfast  at 8:00 at JJ Morgan’s restaurant at the corner of McKenzie Ave and Cedar Hill Road
  • Summer and Winter Solstice parties plus a late summer party
  • Organized field trips and tours with experts on a number of subject areas in Greater Victoria and nearby areas

All these events are listed on the VSHA website, and specific email notices are sent to all persons on our contacts list. Also look for notices via the Victoria Meetups app.

An affiliated event, Philosopher’s Salon, is held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7 PM at the upstairs of the BENT MAST, 512 Simcoe St. in James Bay  to discuss topics of philosophical interest. Look for it in Victoria “Meetups” as well for topics and location.

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VSHA Events Calendar

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Humanist Cafe 19:00
Humanist Cafe @ New Horizons Community Centre
Feb 7 @ 19:00 – 20:30
The VSHA Humanist Cafe occurs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The event is a moderated open discussion on topics of current or future interest to Humanists and interested people. 
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Sunday Breakfast 08:00
Sunday Breakfast
Feb 11 @ 08:00 – 09:30
 
Sunday Talks: Charles Darwin’s 209th Birthday Celebration 10:00
Sunday Talks: Charles Darwin’s 209th Birthday Celebration @ Cedar Hill Rec Center
Feb 11 @ 10:00 – 11:30
Charles Darwin’s 209th Birthday Celebration Robert Light, MFA, VP VSHA the ‘outrageous’ deductions in Origin of Species were publicly defended by Darwin’s colleagues in his absence
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Humanist Cafe 19:00
Humanist Cafe @ New Horizons Community Centre
Feb 21 @ 19:00 – 20:30
The VSHA Humanist Cafe occurs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The event is a moderated open discussion on topics of current or future interest to Humanists and interested people. 
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Sunday Breakfast 08:00
Sunday Breakfast
Feb 25 @ 08:00 – 09:30
 
Sunday Talks -History of Partition and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict 10:00
Sunday Talks -History of Partition and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict @ Cedar Hill Rec Center
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 11:30
February 25 History of Partition and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict Dr. Martin Bunton, History, UVic examining not only the historical basis of the conflict, but also how and why a resolution to the conflict continues to[...]
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Sunday Talks & Reports

The VSHA Sunday Talks are held every two weeks from September through the end of May.  All talks at 10:00 AM, at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, at the corner of  Finlayson & Cedar Hill Road.  

See full  Sunday Talks Schedule

Sunday Talks – Winter/Spring 2018

2018 Spring Schedule for VSHA Sunday Speakers All talks 10:00 AM, Cedar Hill Rec Centre, Finlayson & Cedar Hill Road January 21 The Religious Origins of Fake News & Alternative Facts Dr.Christopher Douglas, English, UVic Fake news - origin in the Christian...

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The History of Freethought in BC

Sunday, December 3, at 10:00 AM Cedar Hill Rec Centre, Finlayson & Cedar Hill Road Topic: The History of Freethought in BC Dr. Lynne Marks, History, UVic From the 1850s to just before World War I, freethought became increasingly popular in BC in part as a reaction to...

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Humanist Cafe

The Humanist  Café is a moderated discussion held every first and third Wednesday of the month at the James Bay New Horizons Center. 234 Menzies St, Victoria, BC from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

James Bay New Horizons

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CONTACT US 

Contact Us at Communications VSHA for any general inquiries about the VSHA.

Media inquiries, please contact our President at President VSHA

For website inquiries or problems contact the Webmaster at Webmaster VSHA

 

VSHA MEMBERSHIP 

VSHA offer two types of membership: Free and Paid

Free membership  You get VSHA emails including notifications of events such as our Sunday Talks, Humanist Cafe,  special VSHA events and annoucements of special interest to Humanists ( ie concerts, community lectures etc.)

Paid Membership - Access to exclusive VSHA membership functions requires a paid membership as outlined below. If you would like to become a member of VSHA you can join by sending a Cheque or Money Order for the appropriate amount to:

Victoria Secular Humanist Association (VSHA)
PO Box 23105 Cook St PO, Victoria, BC  V8V 4Z8

Or you can pay your membership to a member of the Executive at any of our VSHA Events.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP COSTS

Single   $30    Family  $45

Student/Low Income $15

 

 

DONATIONS

Donations to the VSHA allow the organization to expand its reach and fund specail projects that are of importance to VSHA members and Secular Humanism in general. Donations are greatfully accepted and eligible for charity tax receipts for amounts greater than $10.