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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.

Rachel Bennett, Lead Chaplain for the NHS, talk at Chichester Humanists 16th Feb 2015

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Rachel Bennett is the lead Chaplain for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is based in Worthing and was accompanied by Chichester NHS Chaplain Una Dalrymple. Rachel began her talk by asking us to recall our emotions when we were in hospital, either as a patient, friend or family member.

 

Richy Thompson talk on faith schools and education at Chichester Humanists 17th February 2014

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Richy Thompson is the BHA campaign manager for education and faith schools. He began by giving us a brief history of faith schools in England. Contrary to the claims of some Christians, the Church of England was not always enthusiastic about education. In 1807 the Bishops in the House of Lords opposed free education.

 

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.
 

Worthing Unitarians talk to Chichester Humanists 19th August 2013

ChichesterHumanistsTalkUnitarians19thAugust2013debate

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.

 

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.

 

The Science of Purpose 16th July 2012

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Robert Stovold of Brighton & Hove Humanists posed the question "What is purpose, and can science study it?"

He began by arguing that, whilst human purpose cannot be directly observed, it can be inferred by its effects. Although scientists have never seen an electron, they can infer its existence by its effect on observable phenomena. Religious apolgists like mathematician John Lennox believe that science cannot answer the big questions. Others believe in intelligent design, where inferences are made about the design of a creator by observing certain organisms. Paradoxically, John Lennox believes both.

 
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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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