Leicester Secular Society is the leading organisation in Leicestershire advocating and campaigning for an inclusive and plural society free from religious privilege, prejudice and discrimination.
The Society is committed to:
Membership of Leicester Secular Society is inexpensive and we have special household and concession rates. If you support our aims please consider joining us.
Today, Leicester Secular Society members continue to be active in all aspects of society and in all areas of community life. We have members involved with environment groups, political parties, asylum seekers, Palestine Solidarity, TEDx, Skeptics in the Pub, cycle campaigning and Red Leicester Choir among others. The Society is also affiliated to (but independent of) the Humanists UK , the National Secular Society and a member of Humanists International.
The Society aims to provide a stimulating atmosphere nurturing debate and creativity. Regular talks, meetings and events continue to be held at Leicester Secular Hall, one of the world's last surviving Secular Halls, built in 1881. The Hall and Society together provide a local base for loosely bound groups and individuals to join forces with a view to creating a better world.
A fundamental principle of Secularism is rationalism and the pursuit of knowledge. The Society hosts a regular programme of informative talks on history, science, politics, poetry and art by local, national and international speakers. Recent highlights included talks on religion and Human Rights, ex-Muslims, under-nutrition in rural India and co-operation as part of natural selection together with a jazz evening and a feast. The talks are open to all, free (although we do appreciate donations towards costs) and run most Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm. We also host occasional events at other times.
Please take time to look at our programme of talks and forthcoming events.
Our (almost) bi-monthly journal is packed with topical articles and opinion, information and updates about our campaigns, reviews of recent talks and more. We also rather sporadically write a blog column - unsurprisingly named Leicester Secularist Blog.
Secularism, Campaigns and Ceremonies
Secularists seek to eliminate the influence of religion on Government and Education and are committed to fighting religious prejudice, particularly in attitudes to sexuality, racism, immigration, womens' rights, abortion, and assisted dying. Key activities include contributing topical comments to the media, visiting schools and religious groups to talk about secularism, local campaigning against faith schools. We support the British Humanist Association in its work to provide alternatives to religious ceremonies and counselling. Read more about secularism, our current campaigns and non-religious ceremonies.
For the past 160 years, Leicester Secular Society has provided a haven for the pursuit of knowledge, a shelter for free thought and radical politics, and a forum for literary, scientific and philosophical debate.
The Secular movement in Leicester possesses a long and distinguished history; closely linked with the Arts and Crafts movement, workers self-education, and socialism. Since its inception in 1851, the Society has campaigned against the intrusion of religious power in politics and education and was instrumental in making atheism a respectable standpoint in Victorian England. Rather than converging on a particular political or moral consensus, the Society encourages freedom of speech and a spectrum of individual opinions. Society members are active in a variety of local campaign groups and autonomous organisations which support human rights and equality before the law.
Leicester Secular Society members have a strong tradition of involvement with radical politics and campaign groups. Early secularists were heavily influenced by the ideas of William Morris, striving to create 'independent utopias in what seemed to be an otherwise barren urban landscape created by those privileged with property and the established church.'
Leicester Secular Hall is home to one of the oldest libraries in Leicester, comprising five bookcases brimming with eclectic philosophical and political reading material. The Society has also published numerous books and pamphlets. Our archives are available for academic research and can be borrowed by Society members.
For a list of available titles please view our extensive library catalogue.
22 October 2020: Leicester Secular Society is supporting the campaign of the National Secular Society against exceptions in the Equality Act 2010 that were originally intended to accommodate historic religious privileges. These are now being used to undermine efforts to to build a fairer Britain, and safeguard and positively promote the rights of everyone. See the report "Faith-shaped holes: How religious privilege is undermining equality law".
12 September 2020: Autumn edition of Leicester Secularist (No.84) - Mubaraj Bala blaspemy charge - The Church of QAnon - East Midlands railways - George Fox - Jankaar - A brief history of allotments in Leicester - Cycle Inner Tube Endurance Test - these and many other articles in 16 pages of news, comment and reviews from LSS.
27 March 2020 - Zoom Talks. We are replacing our regular Sunday evening events at 6.30pm with a shortened online version at the same time. These will consist of a short talk followed by discussion. Details will be circulated each week. We are experimenting so please bear with us if everything does not go entirely smoothly initially! The events will take place on the internet via Zoom, which is a programme which allows groups of up to 100 people to meet together. If you want to take part in this experiment, you will need the following:
1. A laptop/tablet/desktop or phone with a camera.
2. You will need to download Zoom which is free. You can do this by going to: https://zoom.us/download and from the Download Center, click on the Download button under “Zoom Client For Meetings”. This application will automatically download when you start your first Zoom Meeting.
At the time of the meeting, usually 6.30pm on Sunday, you will need to click on the link that will appear with the event details in our email or email contact@Lsec.org.uk for login details
We are also starting a weekly online session on Thursdays at 6.30pm for general friendly chat.
Have you done or been involved in - or just seen or heard - something interesting
for local secularists?
Email contact @ Lsec . org . uk (close spaces).
Page updated 9/1/19