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.
October 30, 2023
Joy, anger, and hope: a report on Humanist Society Conference 2023, The Future of Reproductive Rights in Scotland
December 6, 2023
Humanist Society seeking help on research project about faith schools
December 5, 2023
Kate Forbes and the return of anti-abortion politics
November 16, 2023
Humanist Society calls for ceasefire in Gaza
November 16, 2023
Humanist Society condemns UK government response to supreme court ruling on Rwanda
November 14, 2023
Humanist Society has its say on fair school votes for East Lothian
November 13, 2023
Humanist Society comments on links between evangelical pastor and charity working in primary schools
November 8, 2023
Humanist Society interview series: celebrant Linda Smith on humanist remembrance
November 2, 2023
Humanist Society welcomes vote in favour of assisted dying on Isle of Man
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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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Saturday 9th December
12:30pm – 2:30pm
COP28 Global Day of Action
Join us outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh for the COP28 Global Day of Action.
Monday 18th December
3:30pm – 6:30pm
Winter Equalities Fair in Fife
Join our lovely local group volunteers for a festive pie, a warm drink, and a blether, and find-out more about Fife Humanists. All welcome!
Wednesday 10th January
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Assisted dying: Scotland’s next liberal reform?
Hosted by Dundee Humanists, with guest speaker Liam McArthur MSP. Join us for a conversation on Assisted Dying.
Thursday 18th January
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Book group meeting: ‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’ by Chris Packam
The memoir that inspired Chris Packham’s BBC documentary, Asperger’s and Me. Join the conversation. New members are always welcome! We don’t charge for participation, but you do need to register in advance.
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Questions to ask a wedding celebrant
Fairytale in Skye
Real wedding: Laughter at Lochnell
Real wedding: First love
Real wedding: Love across the miles
Real wedding: Paws for love
Real wedding: T in the Park…
Real wedding: Camaraderie…
Real wedding: Love is love…
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.
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.