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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

18th September Chichester

Talk: How to Be Reasonable
(by someone who tried everything else)

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Chichester Inn

8th October Horsham

Our usual social chat.
Learn about Humanism

Anchor Hotel

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.

 

Brighton Science Festival talk: Darwin's Sacred Cause

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Author James Moore, Professor of History at the Open University, gave a fascinating talk to a packed audience about how a hatred of slavery motivated Charles Darwin to investigate the origins of life and the racial differences in humans.  This was and still is a hot topic. Who said science was cold?

 

Paganism with Sadie Turner 19th November 2012

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Our guest was Sadie Turner, Regional Coordinator of the South East Pagan Federation. After a barrage of questions, Sadie eventually managed to give us an overview of Paganism.

She firstly described what drew her to Paganism. Brought up by non-religious parents, she joined a Brighton coven at the age of 19. Being a feminist, she was attracted to the feminine side and light found in Paganism, preferring the goddess to the traditional male god of Christianity. After many years, she now emphasises balance and nature.

 

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.

 

SACRE meeting 4th March 2013

SACRE stands for Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education and is an unelected body that writes the local RE syllabus for schools and advises West Sussex County Council on matters concerning RE, including the daily act of worship.

For over 6 years I have been trying to join this group in order to represent the views of the non-religious residents of West Sussex. My applications in 2007 and 2010 were rejected for no given reason. According to the 2011 census, at least 25% of the population is non-religious. Also, 65% of 18-24 year olds are non-religious, according to the British Social Attitudes survey 2012. Religious practice is a declining minority occupation, with less than 7% of people regularly attending church.

 

Horsham Humanists talk with C of E Minister Hadge Hughes (November 2012)

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We began by discussing the attendance by atheist Simon Clare (of Horsham Skeptics in the Pub) at an Alpha course. Simon said that he could not judge the course without understanding its content and intention. Simon explained that the course began with a promise to answer all the questions attendees had, yet his own questions had never found an answer. Hadge shared his own similar concerns about the Alpha course, finding it to be a prescriptive rather than an explorative process.

It was clear from the outset that Hadge was a secularist and so the discussion turned to a more personal view of religion and belief.

 

Crime & Punishment 15th October 2012

We had a lively discussion with varying views expressed.

The following notes cover the topics discussed.

 

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