For a few weeks now, I’ve been volunteering at Cork Penny Dinners as part of the Humanist Values in Action Program (HVAP) with Cork Humanists.
Ending a climate of exclusion begins with challenging age old prejudices. A practical step towards that is for Humanists to take part in local community work. By putting time and effort into charitable projects and local development, Humanists can begin to tackle the harmful stereotype of self-centred atheism. The Humanist Community at Harvard has been doing such work for years.
“to better the conditions of life for others through service to humanity, build alliances between religious and nonreligious individuals and communities, and combat the misconception that the nonreligious do not contribute to society" - Humanist Community at Harvard on the benefits of Humanist Community work.
If Irish Humanists wish to see change in the way the non-religious are viewed by theists, contributing to our local communities will be crucial. I hope the HVAP’s continued involvement in Cork Penny Dinners will dispel some prejudiced notions amongst the Cork community. It’s likely the project will help people generally, and especially people of faith, to realize that a fast growing percentage of Irish society does not need a god to be good. We are good, that is all.
Is community work the way forward to challenging and changing prejudices about the non-religious? Are there other local community works that you think would like Cork Humanists to get involved with? Give your opinion, leave a comment.
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Sean Bent is editor of Cork Humanists Blog, holds a BSc from University College Cork and is pursuing a career in journalism. Follow him on twiiter: @seanbent90 (https://twitter.com/seanbent90)