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.
December 11, 2023
What is humanism? Some thoughts from Humanist Society Scotland
February 22, 2024
Our World Humanist Day small grant scheme opens for 2024
February 19, 2024
We tell UN human rights committee that compulsory religious observance in Scottish schools must end
February 14, 2024
We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter, funder of US-based organisations alleged to have covered up sexual assault in US
February 12, 2024
Humanist Society interview series: Alice Murray of Back Off Scotland on abortion clinic harassment
February 11, 2024
On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven
February 6, 2024
Humanist Society interview series: board member Tony Khan on claiming asylum and finding strength in adversity
January 29, 2024
Humanist Society speaks out on Humza Yousaf’s invitation to Scotland for Recep Erdoğan
January 29, 2024
Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan
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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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Monday 4th March
7:30pm – 9:00pm
The Scottish Beacon: a collaborative future for local news
Rhiannon Davies will explore the current state of local news in Scotland; the decline in traditional providers, and the monopolisation by corporations. She will also discuss the value and need for local news in the contemporary – and evolving – digital climate.
Wednesday 6th March
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Edinburgh pub night
A social meeting and an opportunity to get together with other Humanists in Edinburgh. Look out for the table with the happy human logo, and our friendly volunteers.
Monday 11th March
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Sense about Science: Evidence Week at Westminster
Join Dundee Humanists as they hear from guest speaker Alfie from Sense about Science. about Evidence Week at Westminster.
Thursday 14th March
7:30pm – 8:30pm
“No-homework” book group (online)
There’s really no homework! Simply join the conversation online and hear about and share past and current reading.
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Questions to ask a wedding celebrant
Involving friends and family in your ceremony
Our naming ceremony: Julie, Andrew and baby Sébastien
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…
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.