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, March 14, 7:00 pm

Epigenetics: When Genetics Does Not Explain Disease

Dr. Christopher Pin

In the last 20 years it has become clear that an individual's genetic makeup alone can not account for many of the complex diseases that affect humans, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The environment's role is at least equally important as genetics. This talk will describe the field of epigenetics, the point at which the environment and genetic makeup intersect, and how knowledge in this field is helping to understand, diagnose, and treat disease. Dr. Pin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Western, and the Scientific Director of the London Regional Transgenic and Gene Targeting Facility.

All are welcome!

$2 donation at the door

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

Click here for directions.

Upcoming Meetings:

April 11:
        "Bridges Out of Poverty"
        Eric Todd

May 9:
        "Stoicism: A Philosophy for the 21st Century"
        Dr. Rod Martin

June 13:
        "Patriotism"
        Dr. Charles Jones, Political Science, UWO


HALA at the Pride Parade

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



Winter Solstice Party

December 14, 2013.



"I am a Humanist"

A light-hearted musical tribute to Humanism.


What's New?

Winter Solstice Celebration - Special Issue of the Enlightenment

Read Goldie Emerson's recent articles in the London Free Press: "Governments give - or take away - our rights"; "Why not require suitability test before gun purchase?"; "Humanity can't be tied to pigment perception"

Download recent issues of The Enlightenment:    February, 2018;    January, 2018;    December, 2017;    November, 2017;    October, 2017;    September, 2017   

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

Read Carl Goldberg's and Elizabeth Bright-See's accounts of how they became Humanists in the February 2017 issue of the Enlightenment.

Read HALA President Rod Martin's article on "How a Humanist finds purpose and meaning in life" in the January 2017 issue of the Enlightenment.


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.