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Editor's welcome

David Warden


I was unable to get to the Humanists UK Convention in Liverpool in June but we are very pleased to be able to publish two upbeat reports of the event: one by Anthony Lewis and another by Guy Otten. I was pleased to hear that a fringe event for local humanist groups was successful and well-attended. The team here at Humanistically Speaking is keen on promoting community-based humanism and we are very happy to publicise local group news and initiatives.

The news that four Patrons of Humanists UK have resigned over the trans issue is concerning. Our team at Humanistically Speaking is very LGBT friendly but, at the same time, we believe that humanists should be promoting open dialogue about a complex issue with many different stakeholders. I invite you to read my latest article and let me know what you think.

Our main theme this month is death, dying, and killing – not exactly an uplifting theme! But I hope you will agree that our regular contributors and guest writers have done another excellent job in tackling our chosen topic from a wide variety of perspectives. I was particularly moved by articles by Maggie and Penny which invite us to empathise a lot more with the lives of animals.

If you like our articles, please share them to social media. Humanistically Speaking is a volunteer-produced, grassroots humanist magazine and we'd love to reach as many people as possible. Thank you for your support! And we hope to see you in Copenhagen at the World Humanist Congress in August.

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