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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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The Palazzo del Sant'Uffizio (seat of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) in Vatican City. A front view showing the yellow stuccoed and stone facade and ornate neoclassical entrance.

New Vatican document compares assisted dying and abortion to genocide

New Vatican document compares assisted dying and abortion to genocide
Two police cars parked outside a street in a Scottish city.

Stirring up a storm in a teacup: Police Scotland only investigate nine “stirring up” incidents after first week of hate crime law

Stirring up a storm in a teacup: Police Scotland only investigate nine “stirring up” incidents after first week of hate crime law
Liam McArthur surrounded by a scrum of journalists in Holyrood as he launches his assisted dying bill for Scotland.

Disinformation campaign against assisted dying begins

Disinformation campaign against assisted dying begins
View of the debating chamber at Holyrood, with concentric rings of lecterns around a speaker's podium

Hate crime and freedom of speech: Why are the Scottish government and police ignoring our advice on the Rabat Plan?

Hate crime and freedom of speech: Why are the Scottish government and police ignoring our advice on the Rabat Plan?
A large crowd at an LGBT+ pride rally somewhere in the UK, with flags waving above the throng of people.

We submit our views to conversion practices consultation

We submit our views to conversion practices consultation
Fraser Sutherland, CEO of Humanist Society Scotland, addresses a crowd in a blue suit infront of an HSS banner.

Humanist Society Scotland in the media on assisted dying

Humanist Society Scotland in the media on assisted dying
A group of people standing in Scottish parliament in front of a banner reading "78% of Scots support assisted dying." Each holds a copy of Liam McArthur's bill. L-R Julie Laing from Friends at the End, Alyson Thomson from Dignity in Dying, Liam McArthur MSP, Emma Cooper from Friends at the End, and Fraser Sutherland, CEO of Humanist Society Scotland..

Assisted dying bill for Scotland published

Assisted dying bill for Scotland published
Ugla sits on rainbow coloured steps. They have brown wavy hair, a maroon jacket and black jeans and rest their hands on their knees.

Humanist Society interview series: Icelandic feminist and trans activist Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir

Humanist Society interview series: Icelandic feminist and trans activist Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir
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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

Sunday 21st April

10:30am – 11:30am

Sunday Morning Kaffeeklatsch (Edinburgh)

Hosted by the Edinburgh Humanists.  All are welcome at this informal coffee morning at Summerhall.

Wednesday 24th April

7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Assisted Dying Bill hosted by Borders Humanists

Hear about the ‘Assisted Dying Bill’, with time for a questions and an opportunity to meet local humanists. Hosted by Borders 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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Ceremonies Blog

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
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  
"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.