Welcome to HALA

We are a group of people from southwestern Ontario, Canada, who share the view that humans can live a meaningful, ethical, and joyful life without belief in religion or the supernatural.

If you believe in reason, compassion, critical thinking, science, justice, integrity, equality, and tolerance … welcome to our community!   Click here for information about our next meeting.

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Next Meeting:

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 pm

Where Eastern Tradition Meets Western Science: Mindfulness and its Application in Psychotherapy

Monica Tomlinson

Monica Tomlinson is currently completing her PhD in clinical psychology at Western University. Her research focuses on substance use, depression, and rehabilitation programs in forensic psychiatry. The “third wave” of psychotherapy has incorporated mindfulness meditation as a psychological approach for putting space between thoughts, emotions, and behaviour. In this talk, she will offer an overview of mindfulness, introduce us to mindfulness meditation, and briefly describe how she has applied mindfulness to non-clinical groups (e.g., those with chronic pain, parents) and clinical groups (e.g., individuals suffering from psychosis). Discussion and participation are welcome!

All are welcome!

$2 donation at the door

Stephenson & Hunt room, Central Library
251 Dundas Street, 7:00 pm

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Upcoming Meetings:

October 10:
        Tony Martin
        "My American Life"

November 14:
        Annalise Trudell
        "Anova and Gender-Based Violence"

"I am a Humanist"

A light-hearted musical tribute to Humanism.

HALA at the Pride Parade

HALA members and friends marching in the Pride Parade in London, Ontario, July 27, 2014.

What's New?

Visit our new Podcast Website!

Read Goldie Emerson's recent articles in the London Free Press: "Ontario's 2016 sex education curriculum"; "Nursing home care a comfort to resident, kin"; "A free and responsible quest for truth and meaning"

Download recent issues of The Enlightenment:    July, 2018;    June, 2018;    April, 2018;    March, 2018;    February, 2018;    January, 2018   

Read member George Cherian's account of how he became a Humanist while growing up in India - March 2017 issue of the Enlightenment.


Rod Martin's presentation on Stoicism at the HALA meeting on May 9, 2018.

Dan Barker (front row, right) with HALA Board members at a Wolf Hall event.

HALA Board member Brad Banks promotes Humanism at the Westmount branch of the London Public Library.

"How Can I Be Happy?"

A short Humanist video exploring happiness and the meaning of life, narrated by Stephen Fry, produced by the British Humanist Association.