10 September 2005
By reporting activities of the Society and other relevant events I hope it will be possible to stimulate greater interest, especially among younger people. Someone recently said to me that the Society is seen as a club for grumpy old men! Unfortunately I fear that there is some truth in this observation. That was one of the stimuli that led me to set up this site. We regularly attract younger people to look into our meetings, but the trouble is they tend to come one at a time, see few people of their own age, and unless they already have a commitment to the reforms and ideas for which the Society stands, have little incentive to return.
The immediate event that triggered my action in opening this blog was an email I received from an enquirer, that brought to our notice a conference on "Law, Religion and Secularism" organised by the University of Leicester, but which the organisers had not seen fit to tell us about, although they had informed all the local faith groups, and had got a speaker from the British Humanist Association. For details see here: http://www.le.ac.uk/law/lrsconference/. One of my next posts will be a report on that meeting. (I understand Hanne Stinson is not able to come, so the BHA will be represented by Andrew Copson.)
"All men and women are my brothers and sisters.
The world is my country.
To do good is my religion"
Has the world been asleep since then? Let's give the revolution another kick-start starting in our own Leicester back yard.
It would be a good way to start a dialogue with some young people and find out more about what interests them, what their concerns are about the world and how they would like to organise.
We could use this to think about and plan an event next Spring expressly for young people. There is no Young People's Parliament in Leicester - no place where young people can meet and discuss concerns, both local and global.
To start to engage some young people and provide a space where they can meet and set their own agenda seems to me a good way forward.