Terri and Bob Hope moved to Owen Sound in November of 2004. They had been active members of the Humanist Association of Toronto and missed the people, activities and stimulation of a humanist organization. “We really wanted to develop a group up here, but because we understood that OS was a religious town, we decided to wait until we felt the time was right.”
In November 2006, Terri and Bob hosted the first meeting. The initial group numbered about 12. For two years the group met in members’ homes discussing topics such as humanist principles, crime and punishment, economic sustainability vs. growth. They invited two guest speakers, Michael Schulman who spoke on The Origins of Superstitions, and Martin Frith, a staff member at Dying with Dignity in Toronto. Martin gave a public lecture at the library in Owen Sound.
On September 10th 2007 our group presented an alternative to The Lord’s Prayer at Owen Sound City Council.
As of September 2017 there are 110 people on the mailing list and 10- 20 attend each meeting. There is also this website, a travelling library and monthly discussion / potluck.
The work of maintaining the group is shared among all of the members.