Chichester Humanists is a local branch of West Sussex Humanists and represents the interests of the non-religious residents in and around Chichester.

Each month we discuss issues concerning religion and belief, ethics, equality, human rights and science, including current events.

We liase with Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council on matters concerning equality of religion and belief, and monitor Council activities, including proposals for new "faith" schools.

We are keen to campaign on behalf of non-religious residents who feel disadvantaged because of their beliefs, e.g. access to a community school, discrimination at work or through the delivery of local services.

We organise events and displays, invite prominent speakers, and give talks to local organisations, including schools and colleges.

We meet once a month in Muchos Nachos140 Whyke Rd, Chichester PO19 8HT (tel: 01243 785 009)

Meetings are from 7.30pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Instead of membership subscriptions, there is a £3 entrance charge for meetings with speakers (usual concessions).

If you would like to meet some local freethinkers and have a chat, please come along and join us at the next meeting. Look out for the poster above.

For more details, email Julian.

Being freethinkers there are many things secular humanists will not agree on, but there are some matters on which we do take a firm and unanimous stand. We do not condone prejudice of any sort. Nor do we hate religious people. Such views are entirely contrary to any humanist philosophy and we reserve the right to exclude any person promoting them.

Ray Marsh talks about Humanist Ceremonies

ChichesterHumanistsTalkRayMarshJuly2011Ray Marsh gave a most interesting and entertaining talk about Humanist ceremonies: baby namings, weddings/civil partnerships and funerals.

Ray has been a Humanist celebrant for 9 years and comes highly recommended. Like most celebrants, he conducts all three ceremonies.


Over the years he has collected numerous amusing and moving stories which he used to illustrate why Humanist ceremonies are so popular.

Indeed, Humanist weddings are more popular than Catholic ones in Scotland. Also, the Church of England is most concerned at the declining number of religious ceremonies.

Humanist ceremonies are 100% devoted to those taking part, as opposed to religious services that include so much religious tradition. Ray will spend hours talking to friends and family, making each ceremony a unique and memorable occasion.

At baby namings, "mentors" make individual promises to support the child, instead of unrealistic religious statements read out by God parents.

Weddings can take place anyhwere: castles, gardens, home. Ray showed us some photos of a couple "tying the knot" at Stonehenge. And of course Humanist celebrants are not constrained by religion so they can conduct civil partnerships between people of the same sex.

Funerals are a celebration of life rather than heavy religious services. I have heard many people say that they enjoyed a Humanist funeral.

Everyone attends a ceremony from time to time, so it was no surprise at the number of questions from the audience. What made this talk special was the personal insight into what it means to be a Humanist celebrant; they are very special people.



0 #1 Deborah Mott 2011-08-06 20:02
I need a hunanist officiant for a 10 year viow renewal on Worthing Beach Saturday May 12th 2011 - this will be a sunset ceremony with candles and small and intimate affair.

Please could you email about how I can go about booking someone?


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