The 2017 All Ireland Humanist Summer School will be held from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August in Carlingford, Co. Louth. It will be run jointly by the Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI), the Humanist Association of Northern Ireland (Humani), and the Irish Freethinkers and Humanists (IFH).
The theme is Humanism, Religion and Spirituality, and the line-up of speakers is shaping up to be diverse and stimulating.
The speakers will explore many areas, including the common ground between humanism and religion; humanistic interpretations of traditionally religious concepts; and how society can move beyond religion, both spiritually and temporally, including to full separation of Church and State.
Among the speakers confirmed are UCD lecturer Ailbhe Smyth, occasional media commentator Fr. Joe McDonald; Professor Joachim Duyndam of the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht; and Professor David McConnell of Trinity College.
Carlingford is set in an absolutely beautiful location on the Cooley Peninsula beside Carlingford Lake, and is located along many popular cycling and hiking routes. It is also a very popular spot for sailing and other water sports.
On the social side, there will be drinks in the Carlingford Arms Pub on the Friday evening for early arrivals, and there will be a three-course meal at the Carlingford Sailing Club on the Saturday evening, followed by music and entertainment from Beyond The Pale.
The seminars begin at 10 o’clock on Saturday morning and run until lunch on Sunday afternoon. A full programme will be announced shortly at https://www.humanism.ie/events/summer-school/ and registration is already open.
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