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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.

Latest News

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2023 in campaigns

2023 in campaigns
Anti abortion protesters standing outside a hospital

Herald exposé of anti-abortion campaign in Scottish schools

Herald exposé of anti-abortion campaign in Scottish schools
MSPs discussing Assisted Dying in Parliament

Medical support for assisted dying grows

Medical support for assisted dying grows

Does religion still matter in politics?

Does religion still matter in politics?

OMG you can’t write that!

OMG you can’t write that!

Humanists say ‘the time is now’ as Assisted Dying Bill is lodged

Humanists say ‘the time is now’ as Assisted Dying Bill is lodged

A little bit of Australia in Scotland

A little bit of Australia in Scotland
Humanist Society Scotland Celebrant Ross Wright and his husband, Efrain Acosta, holding hands and laughing while guests throw flowers as confetti

Officiant of first same sex marriage in Scotland marries

Officiant of first same sex marriage in Scotland marries
Abortion Devolution

Humanists attend First Minister’s summit on abortion care

Humanists attend First Minister’s summit on abortion care
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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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Find your celebrant!

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

Events

Thursday 9th February

8:30pm – 9:30pm

Film Club screening: ‘The Workers Cup’ (2017)

Join our Take One Action Film Club screening of ‘The Workers Cup’ (2017) directed by Adam Sobel, followed by an online discussion hosted by Matthew Hall and Lillie Ashworth.

Thursday 20th April

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Book Group Meeting: ‘The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die’ by Katie Engelhart

New members are always welcome! We don’t charge for participation, but you do need to register in advance.

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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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Are wedding favours still a thing?

Are wedding favours still a thing?
Biodegradable invitation with biodegradable envelope and sustainable decorations

Biodegradable stationery

Biodegradable stationery
Outdoor setting set up for wedding ceremony with white chairs for guests creating an aisle

Choosing a more eco-friendly venue

Choosing a more eco-friendly venue
Outdoor barn style venue decorated with reclaimed barrels and lights

DIY decor

DIY decor
Fresh local produce including potatoes and tomatoes in a brown recyclable paper bag

Fair food and drink

Fair food and drink
Colourful wild flowers

How to buy sustainable flowers

How to buy sustainable flowers
Eco-friendly symbols

Sustainable ceremonies

Sustainable ceremonies
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Sustainable photography

Sustainable photography
"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.