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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 Chichester Inn, 38 West Street, West Sussex, PO19 1RP (tel: ChichesterInn01243 783185)

Click on the photo for their website.

Meetings are from 7.30pm on the third 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 Andrew.

NOTE:
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.

Chichester Humanists and Baptists meeting 21st May 2012

Due to an emergency, the arranged speaker Ken Benjamin of Chichester Baptist Churches was unable to attend. At very short notice, two other members of Chichester Baptist Churches agreed to have an informal discussion with us.

We began by asking how the Baptist Church differs from the Church of England. Unlike the C of E, there is no overarching central authority. Each church is run along democratic lines.

 

Chichester Humanists and Quakers discuss Conscientious Objection 16th April 2012

David Hibberd of Chichester Quakers gave an informative talk on what conscientious objection means for Quakers. The meeting was well attended and included other Quakers.

David also outlined what it means to be a Quaker. You can read a David's notes here.

 

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 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.

 

Chichester Humanists talk 19th September: Dignity in Dying

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This talk attracted a number of new people to our growing group.

John Kapp began with a moving description of the death of his first wife from cancer. She died peacefully at home and had a "good death" as John explained.

On several occasions, John mentioned our reluctance to talk about death and palliative care in particular, even amongst health professionals and care staff. Having planned for his own death, John says that he feels more alive than ever.

 
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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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