Farnham Humanists share their “conversion” stories (Online in your home)

Sunday April 26th 7pm for 7:15

In your own home courtesy of Zoom – see below.

With a successful Social Distancing meeting on the 5th April under our belt we plan to offer a series of meetings where group members can provide their own input.

Becoming Humanist – How was it for you?

St Paul, blinded, fell off his horse; then heard, “it’s hard to kick against the pricks”. How was your conversion to Humanism? Or were you always a Humanist?
We invite you to tell your own story. You only get 3 minutes as we want to hear lots of members. To get started, committee members will share their own conversion stories, and then it’s everyone’s turn.

Email chair@farnham.humanist.org.uk,  with subject Becoming Humanist. We don’t need your story, but please write it down and time it, before you speak.

Our Chair, Alan Montgomery, will respond to your email with a link to the Zoom meeting and the password you need. If before the 19th April Alan can also let you know about a practise Zoom at 7pm on the 19th April.

We’ll have time for about 30 members to speak and we’ll call people in the order their email arrives. Be ready to start speaking as soon as your name is called. Don’t try to use presentations, just tell the story.

We’ll not take questions after each speaker. Depending on how many wish to speak, we may have time for discussion at the end.

See below for Instructions for Joining Zoom.

NB, there may be variations depending on whether you are using Windows PC, Apple, or an iPhone. But the general principles apply, and people find it easy unless they are running very old software. For Windows you need version 7 or above.
When you click the link, your PC or phone may have to download the Zoom App, just give it permission to do so when asked. Next start Zoom App if necessary, and click on Open Zoom Meetings. Click on Join with Computer Audio if you are confident that your microphone and camera work.   

(If you are not confident then before joining click Test Speaker and Microphone –  it’s underneath the Join with Computer Audio option. This test plays you a little tune, and asks you to confirm you heard it; and asks you to speak and in a few seconds repeats your voice. If that works fine, you are  given the option to join with computer audio (now in smaller letters) If it doesn’t work you’ll have to figure out how to turn on your computer’s microphone and/or camera.)

You will see several little frames with our faces, and we will see yours – and all be able to hear each other. Whoever is speaking tends to be the larger frame.

You can toggle backwards and forwards between alternative views of the group on your screen (either many little frames, or the large frame plus several little frames) by clicking on the dots in the top right hand corner. Gallery means all attendees’ frames are featured, in no particular order, whereas choosing Speaker means that the current speaker is framed, plus several other little ones.

Once a formal meeting starts at 7:15 we would mute everyone except the chair and speaker, so you cannot be heard. When your turn comes to speak you’ll be unmuted.

A tray of controls comes up when you hover the cursor just above the bottom of the screen. You will see a box called Chat, with options to type questions, to everyone, or to named individuals.  

Clicking on the Reactions button means you can signify applause or a ‘thumbs up’ indication for the presenters and other attendees.

You will also see an icon called Participants, and if you click on that and find your own name in Attendees you will see a symbol for Putting Up Your Hand. We can see that, and if we’re allowing questions, we can unmute you to speak and be heard.