Chaplaincy and Faith Support


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Humanists believe that we have one life and that we should live it well. Like formal religions, humanism has ceremonies for key life events such as baby naming, weddings, and funerals. However, it is not predicated on the belief in a God or Gods/Goddesses. Humanists believe that it is up to us as individuals to give our lives meaning and purpose.

Humanists hold certain key beliefs:

  • Everyone is happier if we treat ourselves, others (including other living beings), and the world well
  • There is no evidence to support a belief in Gods/Goddesses
  • We have a responsibility to protect the world for future generations
  • We should arrive at beliefs based on evidence and experience
  • We can tell right from wrong by working out probable consequences of our actions, and we should do that which causes least harm to others and ourselves

If humanism could be summed up in one sentence it would be, ‘Think for yourself, act for everyone.’

Humanism at UoN

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Groups and societies

Information on Humanist groups and societies for students and staff

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Festivals and events

Information on Humanist festivals and events

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Places for quiet reflection

Information on places for quiet reflection on campus



Our Humanist Chaplain is here to support all members of the University.

We can help anybody explore or develop their understanding of Humanism. We can also help you connect with Humanist communities and local Humanist groups.

Contact Humanist Chaplain




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Chaplaincy and Faith Support

A29, Portland Building
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0)115 951 3931