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Humanist Society Scotland

Scotland’s national humanist charity.

Our work has helped to make Scotland a more secular, rational, and socially just country, and to ensure everyone in Scotland has access to humanist ceremonies to mark important life events.

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A landscape photo of people in a garden talking at tables with food on them. The photo is taken at a picnic and play event at the Hidden Gardens behind Tramway, Glasgow during World Humanist Day 2023. Text infront reads "World Humanist Day small grants scheme."

Our World Humanist Day small grant scheme opens for 2024

Our World Humanist Day small grant scheme opens for 2024
A view of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Circular rows of desks are arranged on the floor but most of the picture is taken up by the ceiling artwork, a textured sculpture in a blue, green, orange, and yellow colour wash with stalactite like formations handing down from it.

We tell UN human rights committee that compulsory religious observance in Scottish schools must end

We tell UN human rights committee that compulsory religious observance in Scottish schools must end
Brian Souter gesticulates with his arms as he speaks. He is wearing a blue suit with a stagecoach logo and has short brown hair, balding on top.

We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter, funder of US-based organisations alleged to have covered up sexual assault in US

We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter, funder of US-based organisations alleged to have covered up sexual assault in US
Alice stands on a street wearing a white dress with leather jacket. She has dark pulled back hair and holds her hand to her head. A scottish street stretches away in the background.

Humanist Society interview series: Alice Murray of Back Off Scotland on abortion clinic harassment

Humanist Society interview series: Alice Murray of Back Off Scotland on abortion clinic harassment
A black and white photo of seven women in academic gowns and mortarboards posing on the steps of a building.

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven
Portrait photo of Tony who wears an aviator jacket and adjusts a brimmed hat (perhaps a panama or fedora type hat, with a feather in the band) while smiling at the camera. He wears glasses and a snood.

Humanist Society interview series: board member Tony Khan on claiming asylum and finding strength in adversity

Humanist Society interview series: board member Tony Khan on claiming asylum and finding strength in adversity
Recep Erdogan speaks into a microphone at a press event infront of a blue backdrop with large white text on it (illegible). He has short greying black hair swept to one side and a moustache. He wears a blue suit and tie.

Humanist Society speaks out on Humza Yousaf’s invitation to Scotland for Recep Erdoğan

Humanist Society speaks out on Humza Yousaf’s invitation to Scotland for Recep Erdoğan
A selfie of Jennifer infront of a sunlit bay on the Scottish coast. She has blonde hair tied in a bun above her head and smiles at the camera.

Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan

Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan
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Humanist Society Scotland members march at COP 26

What is Humanism?

Humanism is a non-religious approach to living an ethical life that is based on reason, compassion, and tolerance. Humanists use science and rational inquiry to try to explain the universe, and reject supernatural explanations. Humanism is a democratic belief system that values all humans equally. It places the happiness and flourishing of all humans at its centre, and encourages cooperation towards this shared common goal

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Start looking for a celebrant to conduct your humanist ceremony in Scotland.

Events

Monday 4th March

7:30pm – 9:00pm

The Scottish Beacon: a collaborative future for local news

Rhiannon Davies will explore the current state of local news in Scotland; the decline in traditional providers, and the monopolisation by corporations. She will also discuss the value and need for local news in the contemporary – and evolving – digital climate.

Wednesday 6th March

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Edinburgh pub night

A social meeting and an opportunity to get together with other Humanists in Edinburgh. Look out for the table with the happy human logo, and our friendly volunteers.

Monday 11th March

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Sense about Science: Evidence Week at Westminster

Join Dundee Humanists as they hear from guest speaker Alfie from Sense about Science. about Evidence Week at Westminster.

Thursday 14th March

7:30pm – 8:30pm

“No-homework” book group (online)

There’s really no homework! Simply join the conversation online and hear about and share past and current reading.

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Secure Your Date

If you know your wedding date, secure it now!

You can book just the date and find your celebrant later, book the date and have us find you an available celebrant, or book the date and your chosen celebrant now

Ceremonies Blog

Bride and groom stand outside their wedding venue. They are holding hands which are raised to the sky in celebration. Wedding guests line up either side of them.

Involving friends and family in your ceremony

Involving friends and family in your ceremony
Andrew smiles at the camera as he holds Sébastien.

Our naming ceremony: Julie, Andrew and baby Sébastien

Our naming ceremony: Julie, Andrew and baby Sébastien
A close up of Mia and Paul with a scenic backdrop of the Skye hills behind them. They both smile widely. Mia wears a flower crown and fur coat. Paul wears a navy suit.

Fairytale in Skye

Fairytale in Skye
Two grooms kissing at their wedding with celebrant celebrating.

Real wedding: Laughter at Lochnell  

Real wedding: Laughter at Lochnell  
Bride & groom outdoors embracing while looking at the camera

Real wedding: First love

Real wedding: First love
Bride & groom joining hands above their head

Real wedding: Love across the miles

Real wedding: Love across the miles
Bride & groom seated surrounded by their five dogs

Real wedding: Paws for love

Real wedding: Paws for love
Bride Kathryn & groom Colin surrounded by their guests in Oran Mor's auditorium

Real wedding: T in the Park…

Real wedding: T in the Park…
"The time is now"

Assisted Dying campaign

We have long campaigned for compassionate choice at the end of life, and we are currently supporting the proposed Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was created with our support alongside our coalition partners Dignity in Dying Scotland, and Friends at the End, and is being  taken forward by Liam McArthur MSP.

Education resources

We provide a range of resources for children and young people on humanism that can be supplied to teachers, students, and parents free of charge.