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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).

Religious schools and school religion: talk given to Brighton & Hove Humanists 4th April 2012

Brighton & Hove Humanists invited me to give a talk on Religious Schools and Religious Education.

About 30 members attended the meeting in an ideal back room of The Lord Nelson pub. After the talk there was a drinks break, giving people the opportunity to have a chat.

 

SACRE meeting 5th March 2012

As usual, I attended this meeting of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) as a silent observer. West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has barred non-religious membership.

The meeting welcomed new member Jenny Cole, representing the Quaker movement. Humanists have a great deal in common with Quakers. Chichester Humanists has invited Chichester Quakers to give a talk on conscientious objection in April.

 

Horsham Humanists talk by celebrant Martin Wooller 6th February 2012

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Martin Wooller, Humanist celebrant, gave a most interesting talk about his role in Humanist ceremonies: baby namings, weddings/partnerships and funerals.

After retiring early, Martin felt the need to contribute something to society and decided to become a Humanist celebrant. He also trains people to become celebrants. After 10 years, he considers this to be the most rewarding experience of his life.

 

NUT talk at Chichester Humanists 23rd January 2012

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Chris Miles, primary school teacher, NUT representative and secretary of the Joint Consultative Committee, talked to a well attended meeting about religion in schools.

After a brief personal description of her long involvement in teaching and the NUT, Chris considered the introduction of collective worship in schools.

 

Population Matters talk at Chichester Humanists 19th December 2011

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Eric and Hugh gave a fascinating talk about impact of population growth. Read a summary of a similar talk they gave to The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution recently.
 

Abortion Rights talk 21st November 2011

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Kate Smurthwaite began by stating her position that a woman's body is hers alone and she has responsibility for it. A foetus is part of her body.

She went on to explain the two methods of abortion: drugs between 9 and 12 weeks, surgical between 12 and 24 weeks.

 

Chichester Humanists discuss The Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything 19th March 2012

After discussing local and national news, members turned their attention to the topic of the evening: The Meaning of Life.

This was the shortest discussion so far, perhaps an indication that this is a question of more importance to those of a religious persuasion. The following points were made about the meaning of life for Humanists.

 

Free speech rally 11th February 2012

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West Sussex Humanists attended this important rally in support of free speech.

On a beautiful, freezing day outside the houses of parliament, we listened to moving speeches from speakers representing different organisations.

For more details and podcasts of speeches, visit the Pod Delusion website.

 

"Religion and our schooling system" The Argus 9th January 2012

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Word version here

 

Southwater Oasis Free School

This evening, a group of Horsham Humanists attended the public consultation for the proposed new free school Southwater Oasis Secondary.

The room was packed. After a presentation from HCT and Oasis, questions and comments were invited. Every one of them was critical. What a grubbing the two speakers got.

I managed to ask the following question. "Why are you proposing a Christian school rather than a fully inclusive community school, especially when less than 5% of people attend church monthly? Only 9% of Head teachers want more faith schools. 64% of the public don’t want any state-funded religious schools because they discriminate against a large proportion of children. For example, 65% of teenagers are non-religious, and others have different religious beliefs. How can they feel included in a school that prioritises Christian beliefs?"

 

Horsham Amnesty Talk 5th December 2011

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Jackie Fry gave a most interesting talk about Amnesty International and the local Horsham Group. Read more details at www.HorshamHumanists.net
 

Chichester Humanists talk 17th October: Amnesty

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Kath began by giving a brief history of Amnesty, which was started in 1961 by lawyer Peter Benson after he launched an appeal for amnesty for two Poruguese students who were imprisoned for raising a toast for freedom.

Founded on universal human rights, Amnesty uses peaceful methods (such as letter writing) to free prisoners of conscience and improve their conditions. They also fight for human rights throughout the world and have 2.8 million members in 150 countries.

 
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.

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