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 Dan Barker which was held on June 11), 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, September 10, 7:30 pm

Freethinkers' Gathering

This will be somewhat different than our usual monthly meetings at HALA. We will attempt to create an atmosphere of "secular spirituality" through the use of the best classical and other forms of inspirational music, as well as through a video that portrays the wonders of our natural world and humanity’s impressive creations. There will also be an interesting and informative short talk on the humanism of the Italian Renaissance. Join us for an inspirational evening of joy, awe, and wonder! 

All are welcome!
$2 donation appreciated

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?

Several HALA members and friends marched in the London Pride Parade on Sunday, July 27. Watch the video.

Read Goldie Emerson's most recent articles in the London Free Press, "Science and religion can co-exist" and "Country inches closer to euthanasia answer".

Download the August 2014 issue of The Enlightenment.

We recently conducted a survey of HALA members and friends asking what they particularly want to get out of our monthly meetings, the topics and meeting formats that they prefer, and what other sorts of activities they’d like HALA to be involved in. Click here to see the results of this survey.

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.