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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).

Chichester Humanists talk 16th November 2015: How not to get Fooled by Myth and Quackery

The Paradox of Scepticism and the Dangers of Bogus Sceptics
A talk by author Richard Wilson
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Sceptics try to take a rational, evidence-based approach to life, yet for most of us, rationality is a constant struggle. Even those disseminating wholly bogus ideas, from corporate pseudo-science to paranoid conspiracy theories, have sought to appropriate the language of rational inquiry - with increasingly disastrous results. But what are the hallmarks of bogus scepticism, and how can we distinguish it from the genuine article?

In this interesting presentation, Richard highlighted the problems that can arise when peddlers of myth and quackery succeed in portraying themselves as sceptics. He used the tragic story of the AIDs epidemic to illustrate the harm done by people who present themselves as genuine sceptics and yet choose to ignore the overwhelming evidence.

Richard Wilson is the author of Don't Get Fooled Again: The Sceptics Guide to Life.
 

United Nations comes to Horsham: talk by Viv Williams, Chair of Chichester & District UN Association

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The UN was formed in 1945 with 193 Member States.

The UNA aims to be the voice of the people of the UN. It is the UK’s leading source of independent analysis on the UN and a UK wide grassroots movement.

 

Morality and War talk by Flight Lieutenant Robin Crosse at Chichester Humanists 21st April 2014

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Flight Lieutenant Robin Crosse is a helicopter pilot and returned from Afghanistan a few weeks before giving a talk on War and Morality at the Chichester Inn.

Robin began with a PowerPoint presentation that outlined his views of war and its associated moral issues. He began with a personal history.

 

Rachel Bennett, Lead Chaplain for the NHS, talk at Chichester Humanists 16th Feb 2015

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Rachel Bennett is the lead Chaplain for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is based in Worthing and was accompanied by Chichester NHS Chaplain Una Dalrymple. Rachel began her talk by asking us to recall our emotions when we were in hospital, either as a patient, friend or family member.

 

Imam Idris Nawab talk with Chichester Humanists 14th December 2013

Idris Nawab, Imam of Worthing Mosque, visited Chichester Humanists at our excellent alternative venue St Martin's Organic Wholefood Cafe. He was accompanied by Chairman Ali Abdul Rahman. Idris began some background information about bimself. Born and raised in a community school in Dewsbury, he attended a madrassa for 9 years from the age of 12, where he memorised the Koran.

 

Former Buddhist nun talks to Chichester Humanists 17th June 2013

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Our Buddhist speaker, Modgala Duguid, was not raised in a religious family. She abandoned an early foray into Christianity, studied psychology in her early 20s and raised a family.
 

Horsham hustings 1st May 2015

 

'The Nativity examined' talk by author and philosopher Jonathan Pearce

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Jonathan Pearce is a teacher by day and philosopher by night. He has published many books, including The Nativity: A Critical Examination. His entertaining talk was accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation outlining 19 problems with the biblical accounts of the nativity.

 

Who is a Jew? talk by Ivor Richards at Chichester Humanists 18th August 2014

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Ivor Richards, vice president of the Sussex Jewish Representative Council, began by giving us a brief history of Judaism. It all started with Abraham 3500 years ago, who is said to have founded the world's first monotheistic religion.
 

Richy Thompson talk on faith schools and education at Chichester Humanists 17th February 2014

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Richy Thompson is the BHA campaign manager for education and faith schools. He began by giving us a brief history of faith schools in England. Contrary to the claims of some Christians, the Church of England was not always enthusiastic about education. In 1807 the Bishops in the House of Lords opposed free education.

 

Sussex Police Chaplain talk Horsham Humanists 4th November 2013

Rev Terry, Rector of the Parish of Aldrington, started by telling us a little of his journey to becoming a Rector and Chaplain from an early life with musical ambition and having no calling to the church, swapping to theology studies only because he chose to cease law training. 

 

Worthing Unitarians talk to Chichester Humanists 19th August 2013

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Our speakers were Rev Jane Barton and Rev Peter Roberts, both Unitarian ministers in Worthing. Peter gave us a brief history of Unitarianism, which was a reaction to the Trinitarianism (belief in the Trinity) that began in the 4th century.

 
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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