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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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Fraser speaking to an interviewer behind the camera on STV News. He has short brown hair and glasses and wears a suit jacket without tie and blue and white checked shirt.

Humanists in the media on new data showing Scotland is majority non-religious

Humanists in the media on new data showing Scotland is majority non-religious
Black and white picture of Dr Lynsey Mitchell standing in a street. Lynsey is wearing a leather jacket and looking at the camera and smiling.

Decriminalising abortion in Scotland: future-proofing Scots law

Decriminalising abortion in Scotland: future-proofing Scots law
Humanists on a march, holding up a large banner that reads "Humanists Society Scotland" and a placard that reads "Humanists against Hate."

New census figures show majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time

New census figures show majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time
Aerial group portrait shot of the members of the first Scottish parliament, held in the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, a large, wood-panelled room.

Holyrood at 25: The foundation of a humanist parliament

Holyrood at 25: The foundation of a humanist parliament
Official Holyrood portraits of Kate Forbes (l) and John Swinney (r). She wears a flowery dress and red jacket and he wears a black suit with purple tie.

Humanist Society responds to election of John Swinney and Kate Forbes

Humanist Society responds to election of John Swinney and Kate Forbes
An abortion rights rally in Belfast in 2012. Protestors carry signs bearing slogans such as "rich women have abortions, poor women have babies." "legalise not criminalise," and more.

What Scotland can learn from the Supreme Court ruling on Northern Ireland’s buffer zone law

What Scotland can learn from the Supreme Court ruling on Northern Ireland’s buffer zone law
Gillian Mackay MSP speaks at a podium infront of a Humanist Society Scotland banner.

Humanist Society interview series: Gillian Mackay MSP on her buffer zones bill

Humanist Society interview series: Gillian Mackay MSP on her buffer zones bill
Humza Yousaf standing infront of Bute House, smiling and wearing a blue suit.

Humanist Society notes resignation of Humza Yousaf and calls for protection of secular policies

Humanist Society notes resignation of Humza Yousaf and calls for protection of secular policies
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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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Events

Saturday 15th June

10:00am – 12:00pm

Guided Merchant City and Glasgow Tobacco Lord Themed Walk

A guided walk around the Merchant City to learn about its rich history, and that of the Glasgow tobacco lords, organised by the Glasgow Humanists.

Thursday 20th June

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Book Group: The Humans by Matt Haig

Humanist Society Scotland’s Book Group meets quarterly online via Zoom, and new members are always welcome!

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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

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Meet our trainer for funeral and memorial ceremonies, Pamela Clocherty

Meet our trainer for funeral and memorial ceremonies, Pamela Clocherty
A man wearing a black suit stands in front of a coffin during a funeral ceremony. He is performing a reading and holds an open book.

Funeral Poems and Readings

Funeral Poems and Readings
Bride and groom Nikki and Doug after they have "tied the knot" during the handfasting ritual. They hold the material up in a saltire cross shape, it is knotted in the middle.

Real Wedding: Summer love at Newhall Estate

Real Wedding: Summer love at Newhall Estate
A sign on an easel reads "welcome to Leo's naming day 30th April 2023" Balloons decorated with animal print pattern in blue, green and gold sit around it.

Our naming ceremony: Tracey, Craig and baby Leo

Our naming ceremony: Tracey, Craig and baby Leo
Wooden bench in a park with "in loving memory" engraved

Humanist memorial service

Humanist memorial service
Amanda and Josh stand gazing into each other’s eyes with Fortar Castle in the backdrop behind them. They are wearing traditional medieval wear. Josh wears a long black medieval style blouse with gold embellishment round bottom and collar. He wears baggy grey trousers and long black boots. Josh has a beard and long, brown slightly curly hair which he wears down and has a small pleat at one side. Amanda has long red hair which she wears down in loose curls. She wears a long white medieval style gown with gold embroidery and flowing bell sleeves.

Real Wedding: Medieval Magic…

Real Wedding: Medieval Magic…
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
"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.