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Ethical Record Articles

The journal began in 1895 and is produced on an monthly basis. Primarily it has provided abstracts and edited essays of the Society’s Sunday Lectures. It has developed into a showcase journal of the Society’s activities and events at Conway Hall.

For Our Children’s Earth: Rebuilding the Soil, Sustaining the Future

Earth is “the blue planet”, in consequence of its large water body, which weakly absorbs light at the red end of the optical spectrum, so highlighting wavelengths at the blue end of the range. Viewed against the blackness of outer space, a very narrow blue band can be seen to encircle the globe, which represents […]

Scotland – what next?

Points from our Scottish independence debate: What happened, and prospects Every age group from 16 – 54, apart (just) from 18 – 24 year olds, had a majority for independence: 59% of those between 25 – 34, for example. The YES vote was lost because only 27% of pensioners voted so. The fond hope of […]

London Thinks – Shouting Back

Humanism in India

The Story of how the Dalai Lama conspired to sacrifice a child for his political ambitions and spiritual beliefs; of what happened as a culmination of nearly three years of campaigning by Humanists; and of how the story unfolded on TV as a soap opera that gripped the imagination of South India. What is happening […]

Slavery, civil rights & contemporary racism – how far have we come?

Coinciding with Black History Month in this talk Sean will discuss the current issues of racism and its deep roots in the enslavement of African peoples and British imperialism. He will review how the history of Black Britain and anti-racist solidarity can be a useful tool for today’s anti-racists in their quest to create a […]

On Living-and-Dying

A young woman named Kisa Gotami gave birth to a stillborn child. Overcome by grief, she went from door to door in her neighbourhood, the dead child in her arms, asking everyone if they knew of a medicine that could bring her son back to life. Her child was dead, people thought, had she completely […]

Alternatives To Religion – Archives’ Cataloguing Complete

Eighteen months ago Nicky Hilton starting the enormous task of cataloguing the archives of Conway Hall Ethical Society, the British Humanist Association and also the National Secular Society, and now that work is complete. The archives of all three major institutions have been catalogued. Funded by the National Archive, Nicky’s work was spread across the […]

Alternatives to Religion – With Robin Ince

The Story of South Place 1793 – 1952

Written by Samuel Kerkham Ratcliffe. Beginnings in Bishopsgate The South Place Society holds a place by itself in London and England. The congregation out of which it grew was formed one hundred and sixty years ago, at a crucial stage of the French Revolution. There is no other association in the country devoted to free religious […]

A short history of Conway Hall and Conway Hall Ethical Society

The story of Conway Hall Ethical Society dates back to 1787 and a nonconformist congregation, led by Elhanan Winchester, rebelling against the doctrine of eternal damnation. This group of freethinking individuals, based in a small chapel on the eastern edge of London (Parliament Court Chapel), was the beginnings of what was to become a society […]

All About Conway Hall with Iszi Lawrence

Obituary: Allan St John Dixon (1922 – 2014)

Jim Walsh writes: We regret to announce the death of Allan St John Dixon OBE MD FRCP in his 92nd year at his home in Cornwall on 19 June 2014. He had been a member of the Society for over 60 years. He married Shelia Brown in the Library of Conway Hall on 24 March […]

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