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Welcome to West Sussex Humanists

Humanism is the view that we can make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values, and live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs.

We represent the interests of the non-religious residents of West Sussex in local government, support Human Rights, and work towards equality and social cohesion.

West Sussex Humanists is also an umbrella organisation of local affiliated groups that meet regularly, currently Horsham Humanists and Chichester Humanists.

Our next meetings

19th December Chichester

Social meeting

Chichester Inn

8th January Horsham

Social meeting

Chichester Inn

 

Councillors pray to God for guidance

In March 2015, the government introduced the Local Government (Religious Observances) Act allowing councils to hold prayers during their meetings, overturning a High Court decision in 2011 (see below).

Spotlight on Hinduism by Ashwin Soni 11th December 2017

 

Ashwin gave us a heartfelt and friendly talk about Hinduism. You can download his PowerPoint presentation here.

Although raised in a Hindu family, Ashwin did not become involved in the religion until late in adulthood.

 

Why I became a Humanist by Craig Bunce 10th July 2017

Member Craig Bunce explained what led him to becoming a Humanist, made more interesting by the presence of his family. Afterwards, several different topics were raised, including Humanists' approach to death and education. A friendly meeting as usual, with about 20 people attending.

 

Horsham Humanists discuss Morality and War 9th January

Our secretary Gerry gave a presentation on morality and war, with discussion throughout.

 

Chichester Humanists Home Education talk 20th February 2017

This talk was based around a PowerPoint presentation. Two home educators were present and gave us valuable first hand insights into home education and why parents choose it.

 

Day of the Dead talk at Chichester 17th October 2016

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Several members of Chichester Humanists made presentations on Halloween, All Saints Day, All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead.

An overview can be found here.

Notes about All Souls Day can be found here.

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Astrology talk by Afifah Hamilton at Chichester Humanists 16th May 2016

Afifah Hamilton is a biologist who works with genetic coding. She is also a practitioner of complementary, including herbalism and nutrition, and has a passionate interest in astrology. She described astrology as an ancient language and showed us how the familiar symbols of the planets were arrived at, as well as the characteristics of the planets.

 

Humanist talk at Chichester Quakers 16th October 2017

Andrew Edmondson gave a talk on Humanism to Chichester Quakers.
You can download the PowerPoint presentation here.

 

Chichester & Horsham Humanist talk: What is Morality? 10th & 17th April 2017

 

Andrew Edmondson gave a talk about the nature of morality, ending with a TED talk by neuroscientist Sam Harris.

 

Chichester Humanists discuss British values

In 2014, the government issued non-statutory advice on teaching British values in schools. Here is a summary of our conclusions about British values.

 

Humanism Explained talk to Crawley InterFaith 26th January 2017

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Andrew Edmondson gave a talk to Crawley InterFaith about Humanism. This is part of the BHA's dialogue initiative between religious and non-religious people.

Here is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and accompanying notes. Please feel free to modify this presentation for further talks elsewhere.

 

Chichester and Horsham talks: Why evolution is true February 2016

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Toby Wilsher and Sarah Sjoholm-Patience presented Chichester and Horsham Humanists with an overview of Jeremy Coyne's book "Why evolution is true" as part of Darwin Day celebrations.
 

Andrew Copson talk at Chichester March 2016

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Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association (BHA), gave an entertaining and inspirational talk on Humanism to regular members of Chichester Humanists and many visitors.

Before joining the BHA staff 11 years ago, Andrew studied Ancient and Modern History. He used this knowledge to help explode some of the myths surrounding Humanism: that it is a recent Western phenomenon reliant on religion for its context.

Andrew went on to describe the chief attributes of a Humanist.

 
Ceremonies

Remembrance Sunday Campaign

The Chichester Observer made a video and wrote an article covering the laying of a Humanist wreath after the main religious ceremony. A transcript of the speech can be downloaded here.

Poll
The non-religious should be represented on the Religious Education advisory council
 
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