We offer a community for the nonreligious,
and a forum for discussing and advancing
a secular worldview based on our common humanity.
About the Victoria Secular Humanist Association (VSHA)
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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!
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A VSHA Presentation:
Wednesday, Janary 17th, 2024 – 7:00-8:30 pm
Cook Street Village Activity Center
380 Cook St. Victoria, B.C.
THE ECONOMICS OF KINDESS
Our world is in a mess. People know things have to change – but how? They are confused, for they have been told a thousand times that capitalism is the only way to run a successful economy. The other way, we are often warned, lies socialism and state tyranny. Capitalism is not an economic system, however. It is a cultural system based on values of selfishness and greed. To change the world, we need to build an economy based on values of cooperation and kindness.
Presentation followed by Q&A.
Free ParkingThis is a free event. Donations gratefully accepted
Important note: We are obliged to lock the outside door at 7:05 pm for security purposes. Please don’t be late!!
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Guy Dauncey is an ecotopian futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and to translate that vision into action. He is the author ten books, including Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible. Founder and co-chair of the West Coast Climate Action Network. He lives on Vancouver Island, Canada. He is currently completing his 11th book, The Economics of Kindness: A Guide for the 21st Century.
The Economics of Kindness contains a wealth of stories, from Finland to South Korea and from Spain to Sri Lanka, which show that the core components of such an economy have already been built. Over the centuries its pioneers have developed the market economy itself in its unabused form, cooperative banks and businesses, and entire regional cooperative economies in the Mondragon region of Spain and the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy that are more successful than their capitalist counterparts. Initiatives like these are not limited to the global north. They are also happening in the global south, including in Sri Lanka, Kerala, Kenya, Bangladesh, Brazil, and Kurdish Syria. From the Bronx to Bali, millions of people already know the dignity of working in an economy based not on the pursuit of profit and power but the cooperative pursuit of a better life for all.
This is not all goodness and light. The strongest form of selfishness is the impulse to dominate, which is evident in the conduct of so many banks, businesses and billionaires, and which needs to be suppressed. The British journalist and author George Monbiot has written that “When we develop the right story, and learn how to tell it, it will infect the minds of people right across the political spectrum”. Guy Dauncey believes that the economics of kindness may be that story.
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.” ~ Greg M. Epstein in Good without God (2005)
The VSHA is proud to announce a new activity
The Eco-Humanist (EH!) Environmental Action Committee (EAC
Are you interested in DOING something for the environment? Why not
join and become a member of the EH! EAC.
More information: EH! Committee
Rally And March
On Friday September 15, 2023 at 4.00 pm VSHA members are invited to gather under our banner on the Legislature lawn. We will take part in the rally and march to support the Global Mobilization to Fight Fossil Fuels. The march begins at 4:30 and the event ends at 6.00 pm.
VSHA Donates to STAND.earth
The VSHA Board recently donated $200 to the environmental activist organization, STAND.earth
For more information: Stand.earth – For the people and places you love
VSHA Endorses FFNP Treaty
In July the VSHA Board decided to publicly endorse the Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty.
With this endorsement, VSHA joins thousands of progressive civil society organizations and governments around the world and in Canada, including the City of Victoria and other BC municipalities.
Here’s the FFNP Treaty website: fossilfueltreaty.org
The Humanist Café is a moderated discussion held every first and third Wednesday of the month 7:05 pm to 8:30 pm.
LOCATION: The Cook Street Activity Center 380 Cook St. (Cook St. Village), Victoria
We welcome guests, so if you’re curious come to one of our events!
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The Victoria Secular Humanist Association is pleased to present events for the education of our members and guests. We have two featured events:
- Our Humanist Talks are held 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 8:00 at Frankie’s Modern Diner at the corner of Government and Courtney streets
- 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 and Facebook.
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.
Media inquiries, please contact our President at President VSHA
For website inquiries or problems contact the Webmaster at Webmaster VSHA
Become a VSHA Contact (free): If we have your contact information (email address and phone number), we will put you on our Contacts list and you will be advised of our activities and events including notifications of events such as our Sunday Talks, Humanist Cafe, special VSHA events and announcements of special interest to Humanists ( ie concerts, community lectures etc.)
VSHA membership functions are open, but after three visits, we would appreciate your taking out a paid membership. Your membership $ allow the VSHA to continue its role as a reason based Educational association.
Membership is annual and payable by cheque or money order for the appropriate amount.
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 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.