Humanist Action Kit
International Day of Friendship
Humanism is about people helping people. What better way to connect with people than to meet with them in caring communities.
The United Nations International Day of Friendship recognizes the relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world. It was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
Useful Dates for July
Test your wits together by creating teams at your local pub trivia or hold your own trivia night. You’ll see the wide range of knowledge your group poses from basic school curriculum to random facts and pop culture references. These are great conversation starters and fun team activities.
What’s In The Paper?
Invite folks to bring in articles they want to discuss or assign articles you want to discuss. More ideas and deeper understanding will flow when you have people sharing thoughts. Find out about lesser known publications or topics the mass media isn’t covering, including local news. Learn more about your members’ interests and consider developing programming around them. We recommend you consider articles from The Humanist, both print and online editions.
Local Summer Outings
Does your town or city have special summer events like movie nights, free museum days, festivals, or street fairs? These are great opportunities for you and your group to connect with your local community and explore new neighborhoods together. Check out local listings to find what’s happening in your area and check it out together.
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“Of all the means by which wisdom ensures happiness throughout life, by far the most important is the possession of friendship.” – Epicurus, Principle Doctrines, C300 BCE
“I am sensible, that, according to the past experience of mankind, friendship is the chief joy of human life and moderation the only source of tranquillity and happiness.” – David Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, 1748
“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” ― Roy T. Bennett