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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

12th November Horsham

Meeting cancelled

20th November Chichester

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Crawley InterFaith Network Meeting 27th March 2010

This important meeting of Crawley InterFaith Network (CIFN) took place in Crawley Town Hall and was attended by about 40 people, including representatives of Crawley Borough Council.

After a few preliminaries, Mohinder Galowalia used a PowerPoint presentation to talk about Community Cohesion and how CIFN could contribute towards this.


Humanist Talk at Horsham InterFaith Forum

Horsham InterFaith Forum invited British Humanist Association representative Andrew Edmondson to give a talk entitled "A Humanist looks at Faith" on 27th February 2010.

The Unitarian Church hall was filled with a lively group of people of varying beliefs. Several Humanists attended.


Muslim women speakers at The Hawth

On 27th January 2010, Crawley Inter Faith Network (CIFN) organised a talk at The Hawth, in association with "Faith Matters" as part of their "Making your Voices Heard" project.

The two Muslim speakers were a human rights lawyer and a writer on issues of the Middle East, women and race. Both speakers were on tour from the USA.


DCSF publishes new Religious Education guidance

The long awaited Religious Education Guidance in English Schools 2010 has just been published by the DCSF (Dept. for Children, Schools and Families).

This replaces the so-called Circular 1/94 guidance that specifically forbade County Councils from including a Humanist representative on their Religious Education advisory body (SACRE).


West Sussex SACRE Meeting 8th March 2010

SACRE advises West Sussex County Council (WSCC) on religious education (RE) and the daily act of worship in community schools. It meets 3 times a year. Read more about SACRE.

Today's meeting at Hazelwick Secondary School, Crawley, was the first to be held outside of Chichester. Every Spring meeting will be held at a different school in West Sussex.


Councillor Griffiths Ignores the Non-Religious of West Sussex

Councillor Peter Griffiths, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools in West Sussex, has once again prevented the non-religious from being represented on the local Religious Education (RE) council (SACRE).

Using the Freedom of Information Act, West Sussex Humanists have discovered that the RE advisor for West Sussex suggested that a Humanist and Buddhist could join the RE council together (read more). This was as far back as summer 2009.


Humanist representation on West Sussex RE Council

Today I have sent an email to Peter Griffiths (West Sussex Cabinet Member for Education and Schools) requesting, once again, that he appoint a Humanist representative onto the RE advisory council (SACRE).

In 2009, Mr Griffiths refused to allow the non-religious to be represented on SACRE, despite being sent a compelling case.


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.

Read more

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).

Read more

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