Religious Education Board Puts its Faith in a Humanist

Humanists are set to help shape the religious curriculum after winning a legal battle to sit on a council´s education board.

Humanists UK said that the decisiion is "likely to pave the way for more Humanists to sit on such bodies across England".

Rachael Taggart-Ryan from the charity was refused an application for full membership of Greenwich Council´s Standing Advisory Council on RE (SACRE) which has members from various religous groups.

She was later admitted after solicitors for Humanists UK wrote to the council saying it intended to apply to the High Court to take the case. Ms Taggart-Ryan said "I beleive it´s important that children have the opportunity to learn about a broad range of beliefs in RE including humanism".

In 2017 a humanist was admitted to a Welsh education board after a similar legal challenge.


Summer Solstice 2019

Over 30 members of the Humanists of Murcia and their friends enjoyed celebrating the Summer Solstice on the beach at Bolnuevo on Friday 21st June.

Food and drink was all provided by the Members, except for roast chicken which was paid for by the Club.

Beach games included Giant Jenga and Petanca both of which were organised as informal knock-out contests.

 

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Last Walk of the Season

 

 Last Walk 2019

It was a 10 km walk along the coast West of Bolnuevo, the traditional last walk of the season. Fine weather, not too hot with a sea breeze. Twelve from San Juan de Tereros and nine locals. There were no slow coaches although Buddy did go on strike at the 8km marker, however, he quickly recovered and the Blue Ambluance was not needed.

 

A few bottles of cava were on hand to quench the thrist of the group before everyone sat down on the terrace at Rincon. Desipte the back room being full, service was OK and the slight delay for the main course was mittigated by the “lemonfish”. This delight which was landed locally, may also have been a “black bonito” which had swum over from Africa.

 

Good company, no squabble about the bill and a few kind words from Widow Twankey ended the successful season. Roll on the Summer Lunches.


“The Guns Walk" April 2019

 

The walkers car shared up to “The Guns". There were 36 in total, the largest group of the season. A gentle descend took everyone to the seashore and along to a long long incline. After a short rest the walk continued up the side of the rambla. Beautiful scenery, lots of wild flowers and a narrow track headed inland.

Progress was slow and the restaurant was contacted to say the party would be an hour late. As the kitchens were closing at 15:30 hrs, this proved to be a race against the clock.

Campillo de Adentro was finally made and the cars collected.

The distance was 5.99 miles and the potential energy lost was 2222ft and the energy gained was 1793ft. (Hope everyone did Maths O Level?).

The menu del dia was in La Caleta, Puerto de Mazarron. The kitchen was still open when everyone arrived and the consensus was that the location was great next to the new marina and the food was much appreciated.


Spring Walk

 

Walk 22nd March

On March 22nd, a Friday for a change, a group of Humanists went walking in the beautiful countryside between Lorca and Águillas. It was a nice, 3 hour walk, gently uphill towards the Castillo de Chuecos. We passed a hermitage where the University of Murcia has an agriculture research area. They have fields of aloe vera under cultivation and some young fruit trees. We stopped for refreshments at the reservoir below the castle, and then walked back to our cars – there were no break-ins this time.

 

We then drove into Águillas where we had an excellent lunch in the Orient Restaurant.

 


Bowling the Equinox

 

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A group of Humanists spent a pleasant evening in Lorca on 20th March 2019, in celebration of the Spring Equinox. After a prize-giving we all retired to a nearby restaurant for a meal.


Darwinian Gardeners

On March 2nd a group of gardeners visited the Hermanos Morena nursery near Torre Pacheco. We were cordially welcomed by Luis and his assistant with soft drinks and beer, and then given half an hour to wander around the first greenhouse collecting the plants we wanted to buy. Luis led us around the nursery and into the other greenhouses where we collected more drought resistant plants for our gardens. Later, we enjoyed some nibbles and more to drink while we waited for the arrival of a cherry tree which was used for a demonstration of pruning. Some of us had questions regarding the poor performance of our own fruit trees. The general answer was "lots of fertiliser, and iron if the leaves look yellow".

 

Our next visit on April 13th will be to the Finca Torrecillas in Corvera, which is an eco retreat. We will be given a guided tour of the 500 year old estate and the family home which is now a museum.

 

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Walkers February 2019

Date Smuggler’s Casa

After meeting up in Cañadas de Gallego the convoy of cars made its way to the coast, 2 km from Percheles beach. Twenty-six walkers walked up to the café/radar station/lookout point for a view over Percheles playa. It was a magnificent day.

The party split into 2 groups, one going up the main path and the other crossed the nudist beach (only 2 bodies) and along the mountainous coastal path. The views continued to be breath taking and no one slipped off the cliff perchelesJan2014into the Med.

The walkers joined up and followed the track to the aforementioned date smuggler's compound where Jon filled in the details of the history of the buildings.

The walk then started to meander back to the cars where, unfortunately, two of the older models had had their quarter-light windows smashed and a handbag and rucksack were missing.

On that sombre note, the party went to Los Cazadores restaurante for more disappointment.

 

The meal was a letdown and the cost too high. Jon will never hear the end of it.


Celebration of Darwin's birthday

The HUMANISTS of MURCIA celebrated Charles Darwin's 210th birthday on Tuesday 12th February 2019 at Cat's Bar, Camposol. 25 people attended and enjoyed an excellent presentation by Geoff Tate, who told of Charles Darwin's exploration of the Galapagos Islands - which lead to his evolution theory.

 

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Geoff then expanded on this with slides taken on his own trips to the Islands, showing some of the amazing wildlife and geological features to be found there.

The company then moved on to Piccolo's restaurant, where even though full from an excellent lunch, people still managed to fill that extra bit of stomach space Homo Sapiens has evolved for special occasions, with birthday cake following a fine rendition of Happy Birthday Charles Darwin!

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Darwinian Gardeners February 2019

On February 1st, we took a guided tour of some of the sights of Lorca. We learnt about the history of the walls which surrounded the city, then walked to the Colegiato de San Patricio. Carlos, our excellent guide explained why this church is not a cathedral, although when it was built, it was intended to be one. Interestingly, the earthquake in 2011 uncovered many paintings and much that was previously unknown about the church.

We then visited the museum of the Paso Azul where we were lucky to see the embroiderers at work.

We had supper at the Mercado del Sol. The food, when it eventually came, was very good but our large group seemed to overwhelm the staff.

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Water in the Fountain 2019

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For the first time in five years the fountain in San Juan de Terreros with no water, had water in it. Twenty-three walkers set off with a smile for the hills close by Pulpi. After a small false start, the group headed up an "animal track” on a steep narrow, rough trail. Joan was not happy.

Everyone got safely to the top where there was a wide track, still rough, but with great views. All was going well until the leaders took a right hand fork and a "nice man" beside a car with a partridge in a cage said that if the people continued down that path they would be “shot”. The hunters had posted a sign in Pulpi Town Hall but they had not advised Mike & Mike about the hunt. A pity as the redirected walk was shortened by 30 minutes. It meant that the crowd would have to resort to the bar until the meal was ready.

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Despite there not being any entremeses, the meal was generally enjoyed by everyone. And 37 roundabouts later (31 in Almeria) the Northern contingent made it back to Murcia.

The next walk will include a cemetery, another shooting range (clay pigeon) and wide smooth tracks and entremeses.


December 2018 & January 2019

The Club´s activities continued unabated during December and January although with lower attendances due to a lot of people being on holiday over the Christmas period.

We have enjoyed two Games Evenings, one in December and one in January, and for the Winter Solstice there was a walking treasure hunt followed by lunch at Isla Plana.

The Club celebrated its AGM on 12th January at the restuarant Sienna in Mazarron where the present committee were re-elected and this was followed, as always, by lunch.


 Are you a Humanist ?

This is a more or less serious set of questions designed to help you think about whether you are committed to a religious view of the world and how this affects your moral beliefs. However many people have a fairly mixed collection of beliefs, and few are completely consistent, so it is possible that none of the profiles below truly reflects your world view. But they do give an indication of what most humanists believe – and don't believe.

Which of the following statements is closest to your point of view? (You can choose more than one answer to each question if you need to)


1 Does God exist?

A) I am sure there is a God ruling over the universe.
B) It depends what you mean by God, but I think so
C) I don't know.
D)There is no evidence that any God exists so I'll assume that there isn't one..

2 When I die …

A) My soul will go to another place where I will be rewarded if I was good and punished if I was bad.
B) I will survive in some kind of afterlife
C ) That will be an end of me.
D)I will live on in peoples memories of me, or because of the work I have done, or in people's memories of me.

3 How did the Universe begin?

A) God created it
B) It was set up by extremely intelligent aliens from another universe, who drop in every now and again to see how we;re doing
C) I don't know.
D) The scientific explanations are the best ones available, no gods were involved.

4 The theory that life on earth evolved gradually over millions of years is..

A) Just a theory. My religion tells me the true story
B) Likely to be true, but I think my God had a part in it too.
C) Probably true, because my science teacher said it was true.
D) True, there is plenty of evidence from fossils, DNA and other sources, showing that this is how it happened.

5 When I look at a beautiful view I think that ….....

A) it must have been designed by God
B) it would be a nice place for a motorway.
C) this is what life is all about – I feel good.
D) we ought to do everything possible to protect ths for future generations.

6 I can tell right from wrong by...........

A) reading a holy book or listening to a religious leader
B) I don't really think about it much, people should just do as they like
C) accepting what my parents and teachers say.
D) thinking hard about the probable consequences actions and their effects on other people

7 Its best to be honest because ….....

A) my religion tells me so.
B) it's usually against the law or the rules to be dishonest.
C) people respect you more if you're trustworthy
D) I'm happier and feel better about myself if I'm honest.

8 Other people matter and should be treated with respect because.........

A) God created us all in his own image.
B) they are useful to me
C) they are people with feelings like mine
D) we will all be happier if we treat each other well.

9 Animals should be treated..........

A)with respect because they are part of God's creation.
B) however we see fit – they don't have souls and were created for us to use.
C) kindly because they are sweet and fluffy and nicer than people.
D) with respect because they can suffer too.

10 The most important thing in life is.......

A) to have a good relationship with God.
B) to make lots of money.
C) to preserve the planet for future generations.
D) to increase the general happiness and welfare of humanity.

Interpreting Your Answers

This is a more or less serious set of questions designed to help you think about whether you are committed to a religious view of the world and how this affects your moral beliefs. However many people have a fairly mixed collection of beliefs, and few are completely consistent, so it is possible that none of the profiles below truly reflects your world view. But they do give an indication of what most humanists believe – and don't believe.

All or mostly A's You definitely have a religious faith and Humanism is not for you, though you may agree with humanists on some issues, especially if you collected a few C's and D's.

All or mostly B's You may have some religious beliefs, or you might still be exploring ideas and not made up your mind. Some of your choices are not very ethical – so you're unlikely to be a humanist.

All or mostly C's Your answers are fairly neutral, perhaps a bit dependent on authority or other people,or pure emotion. Humanists try to think, and to think for themselves. You may be an agnostic, or a humanist, or vaguely religious, depending on your other answers.

All or mostly D's You are a humanist or very close to humanist thinking. Many people are, often without even knowing it! Humanists don't agree about everything, and you may have collected some other answers too, though if they include A's and B's you're unlikely to be a humanist.