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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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Keir Starmer addressing a hustings event against a red background. He wears a suit without a tie and is speaking at a lectern.

Humanist Society calls for bold action on secular and progressive causes from new government

Humanist Society calls for bold action on secular and progressive causes from new government
Artist Kathryn Welch making flower posies.

World Humanist Day 2024 round-up

World Humanist Day 2024 round-up
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Use our guide for responding to the assisted dying consultation

Use our guide for responding to the assisted dying consultation
Graphic showing people putting slips in a voting box showing the Humanist Society Scotland logo, and LGBT+ flag, and a science symbol. Text reads "I'm voting humanist."

We launch our general election 2024 resources

We launch our general election 2024 resources
Ross holds a mic whilst talking to a crowd at rally (not pictured) outside. He wears a green kilt.

10 years of equal marriage in Scotland: interview with celebrant Ross Wright

10 years of equal marriage in Scotland: interview with celebrant Ross Wright
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Buffer zones bill passes final vote and will become law

Buffer zones bill passes final vote and will become law
Cartoon showing a group of people holding up signs and banners that read "Autonomy," "Compassion," and "End-of-life Choice."

Holyrood’s health committee wants to hear from you on Liam McArthur’s Assisted Dying Bill

Holyrood’s health committee wants to hear from you on Liam McArthur’s Assisted Dying Bill
A row of anti-abortion protestors holding placards infront of some railings.

Wrecking amendments reintroduced ahead of final vote on buffer zones

Wrecking amendments reintroduced ahead of final vote on buffer zones
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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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Start looking for a celebrant to conduct your humanist ceremony in Scotland.

Events

Saturday 26th October

9:00am – 6:00pm

Festival of Humanism 2024

Tickets are now on sale for our 2024 Festival of Humanism!

Sunday 14th July

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Glasgow Humanists Pub Social

Enjoy an informal pub social at The Griffin Bar in Glasgow

Monday 16th September

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Edwin Morgan and humanism: free online talk

Arts journalist and Humanist Society Scotland communications manager Greg Thomas presents a talk on themes of humanism, atheism, and sexuality in the poetry of Edwin Morgan for World Humanist Day.

Monday 11th November

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Armistice Day – What does Veterans Support look like in Dundee?

This event is hosted by Dundee Humanists as part of Interfaith Week, and all are welcome. We will hear from David Cruickshanks, a Peer Support Worker with Veterans First Point (V1P) about the services they provide, why they are needed,…

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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

Groom David stands with arms round bride Megan's waist. They look at one another, smiling and Megan holds her veil over their heads. It blows behind her in the breeze. Megan wears a white wedding dress and David a green tartan kilt.

Real wedding: sea of love

Real wedding: sea of love
Celebrant Derek smiles at the camera holding Paige wearing her pink birthday dress. Derek wears a black suit, blue tie and has glasses on.

Real ceremony stories: Paige’s naming ceremony

Real ceremony stories: Paige’s naming ceremony
Head and shoulder photograph of Pamela smiling. she has shoulder length brown hair and wears a white top with black stripes.

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…
Cartoon showing a group of people holding up signs and banners that read "Autonomy," "Compassion," and "End-of-life Choice."

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.