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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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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
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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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We write to party leaders to gauge position on key humanist causes

We write to party leaders to gauge position on key humanist causes
A group of anti-abortion protestors outside an abortion facility in Glasgow, holding signs.

Wrecking amendments to buffer zones bill withdrawn but questions remain over “chaplaincy services”

Wrecking amendments to buffer zones bill withdrawn but questions remain over “chaplaincy services”
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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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Events

Saturday 26th October

9:00am – 6:00pm

Festival of Humanism 2024

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

Thursday 20th June

8:30am – 5:30pm

Floral tributes to celebrate campaigners for World Humanist Day

Come and collect an individually designed floral posy from venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh to celebrate equalities campaigners. A free, drop-in event for World Humanist Day.

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!

Friday 21st June

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Much Ado About Dying: A World Humanist Day film screening

Dumfries Humanists are partnering with the University of Glasgow’s End of Life Studies programme to show a new documentary film, Much Ado About Dying, for World Humanist Day

Sunday 23rd June

11:00am – 1:00pm

Guided walk and picnic in Edinburgh for World Humanist Day

An opportunity to celebrate World Humanist Day, with a free guided walk around the Meadows and picnic. Hosted by Edinburgh Humanists.

Monday 24th June

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Edwin Morgan and humanism: free online talk for World Humanist Day

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.

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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

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
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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.