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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

26th November Chichester

The Religious and the Secular:
True enemies?

MUCHOS NACHOS pub/restaurant

 

 

10th DecemberChichester

Winter Celebration meal

A social gathering of Humanists and Skeptics

MUCHOS NACHOS pub/restaurant

 

 

'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.

 

Compassion in World Farming talk at Chichester 20th May 2013

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Phil Brooke of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) gave a fascinating talk on animal welfare in farming and the role played by CIWF in reducing animal suffering.

 

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 InterFaith talk "An Atheist's Creed" 18th May 2013

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Horsham Interfaith invited philosopher Dr Michael Palmer to talk about his latest book An Atheist's Creed.

 

Horsham Humanists meet the Unitarians 8th April 2013

DUNCAN VOICE representing the Unitarian Church of Horsham visited together with Patrick Wynn-Jones, Catherine Andrews and Carol Chambers, for a general chat about the Unitarian Church and their inclusive views.  The meeting was well attended and good discussions developed throughout a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

 

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.

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Council prayers campaign

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).

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