Welcome to HALA

We are a group of people from southwestern Ontario, Canada, who share the view that humans can live a meaningful, ethical, and joyful life without belief in religion or the supernatural. We meet most months on the second Wednesday of the month at the Cross Cultural Learner Centre in downtown London, Ontario. We usually have guest speakers presenting on a variety of topics such as Humanism, science, philosophy, or history, followed by a time of discussion and an opportunity to mingle over coffee and cookies.

Each year we also host larger meetings for the general public (see announcement for our Wolf Hall event with Bob Ripley which was held on November 12, 2014), and we have fun at our summer and winter solstice parties in July and December. Pictures from our 2013 Winter Solstice Party.   Video of our 2013 Summer Picnic

If you believe in reason, compassion, creativity, critical thinking, justice, integrity, equality, science, progress, and pluralism … welcome to our community!

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Next Meeting:

Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 pm

The GMO Controversy:
Health, Safety, ... and What Else?

Dr. Dan Hicks
Rotman Institute of Philosophy, UWO

Genetically modified crops (GMOs) have generated much heated debate. Are they a miracle of science that will ensure adequate food supplies for a growing world population, or are they a danger to human health and the environment? Dr. Hicks will explore some less frequently discussed issues in this controversy: the "feed the world" argument, concerns over economic power and intellectual property, and rival views of the fundamental purposes of food production. He'll argue that even people with a "pro-science" viewpoint who accept that GMOs are safe can have good reason to be concerned about some of these other issues.

All are welcome!

$2 donation at the door

HALA at the Pride Parade

HALA members and friends marching in the Pride Parade in London, Ontario, July 27, 2014.

Winter Solstice Party

December 14, 2013.

"I am a Humanist"

A light-hearted musical tribute to Humanism.

What's New?

HALA Board member Don Hatch has just published a book entitled The Road Not Travelled. Read about it in this special issue of the Enlightenment. You can also buy a copy of it at our next HALA meeting.

Read Goldie Emerson's most recent article in the London Free Press, "Science, absent of greed, benefits humankind"

Download the latest issue of The Enlightenment.

Download Tony Martin's interesting Powerpoint presentation on Humanism and the Founding Fathers of the US from our meeting on October 8.

Dan Barker (front row, right) with HALA Board members at the Wolf Hall event on June 11.

HALA member Brad Banks promotes Humanism at the Westmount branch of the London Public Library on May 3.

"How Can I Be Happy?"

A short Humanist video exploring happiness and the meaning of life, narrated by Stephen Fry, produced by the British Humanist Association.