A selfie of Jennifer infront of a sunlit bay on the Scottish coast. She has blonde hair tied in a bun above her head and smiles at the camera.

Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan

January 29, 2024

Last year we welcomed a new Chair of Humanist Society Scotland, Jennifer Buchan. Jennifer is a registered Humanist Society celebrant and chaplain and has been involved with humanism for many decades. In this interview she tells us about her journey…

Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan
Writer Alice Tarbuck poses against a blue-grey wall. She is positioned to the left of the image and looks upwards to the left with a smile. She wears a red coat and flowery blouse and has short brown hair.

Humanist Society interview series: a very Pagan Solstice with writer Alice Tarbuck

December 18, 2023

At Humanist Society Scotland we believe in learning from diverse belief systems in a spirit of empathy and secularism. We also know that for many of our members, winter solstice is a really important event in the festive calendar, perhaps…

Humanist Society interview series: a very Pagan Solstice with writer Alice Tarbuck
Aerial shot of a large group attending a remembrance event, standing in a circle round a memorial, in Wick.

Humanist Society interview series: celebrant Linda Smith on humanist remembrance

November 8, 2023

Every year, humanist celebrants across Scotland take part in remembrance ceremonies. We do so to represent Scotland’s secular majority, and to commemorate lives lost in war from a position of compassion, empathy, and respect for all human life. We spoke…

Humanist Society interview series: celebrant Linda Smith on humanist remembrance
Neil Anderson conducts a wedding for a bride and groom in suit and white wedding dress with pink flower pattern.

Humanist Society interview series: Neil Anderson on growing humanism across Europe

September 27, 2023

For this instalment in our Humanist Society interview series, we speak to a celebrant who’s also helping to support the development of humanism across Europe. Neil Anderson first trained as a funeral celebrant, then went on to conduct weddings too,…

Humanist Society interview series: Neil Anderson on growing humanism across Europe
Maureen Kettle smiles at the camera in a pub or restaurant type setting. She has a blonde bob of hair and black glasses and wears a dark blue cardigan and light blue shirt.

Humanist Society interview series: celebrant Maureen Kettle on making lasting memories with a humanist naming ceremony

September 12, 2023

Lots of people think that humanists just conduct weddings. In fact, our brilliant team of Humanist Society Scotland celebrants offer funeral services and naming ceremonies, too. These are areas of the society’s work that we’d love for parents, carers, and…

Humanist Society interview series: celebrant Maureen Kettle on making lasting memories with a humanist naming ceremony
A black and white photograph of a wedding ceremony, taken from the back of the ceremony hall/room looking down between two aisles of guests to the couple and celebrant. To the left, Kendal wears a black dress with white pattern and smiles at the couple. To the right is a bride wearing a white dress and groom in suit with kilt. They both smile and laugh.

Humanist Society interview series: Kendal Delaney

July 24, 2023

Our Humanist Society interview series is about meeting inspiring people. This includes members of our community bringing humanist values into their daily lives. We can’t think of a better example of this than Humanist Society-trained celebrant Kendal Delaney. Kendal is…

Humanist Society interview series: Kendal Delaney
A humanist celebrant conducting a wedding ceremony for a couple, Andrew and Callum. The photo is taken mid-vows in front of flower wreaths and a large window looking out to fields. The celebrant wears a blue dress and raises a hand. The couple stand either side of her in magenta velvet suits.

Far more humanist weddings than Christian ceremonies in 2022: National Records of Scotland

July 20, 2023

The Humanist Society has welcomed new figures showing that far more humanist weddings were conducted than Christian ceremonies in 2022. The National Records of Scotland (NRS) released the figures as part of a larger set of data, showing a huge rise…

Far more humanist weddings than Christian ceremonies in 2022: National Records of Scotland

Membership fee increases August 2023

June 29, 2023

As of August 2023, our membership fees will increase as outlined below. This was agreed at our 2023 AGM. We have not updated our membership fees for some time, and we think this is a fair offer to members to…

Membership fee increases August 2023
Ali Kerr stands in a back garden with shrubs and a decking area behind her. She has short blonde hair, a denim jacket and white shirt, and glasses. She smiles with delight at the camera.

Humanist Society interview series: Ali Kerr (Pride Month special)

June 13, 2023

In a special Pride Month instalment in our Humanist Society Scotland interview series, we speak to a member of the humanist community whose work combines two causes very close to our hearts. Firstly, Ali Kerr is a humanist celebrant, who…

Humanist Society interview series: Ali Kerr (Pride Month special)
A portrait shot of Greg McHugh. He wears a blue shirt and has short brown hair. He smiles at the camera

Humanist Society interview series: Greg McHugh on his humanist wedding

May 9, 2023

Greg McHugh is one of Scotland’s most beloved actors and comedians. He rose to fame portraying Gary Tank Commander, a sunny and simple army veteran who gets up to pranks in his hometown with his pals and family while on…

Humanist Society interview series: Greg McHugh on his humanist wedding
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

June 30, 2022

We mark the end of Pride month, with a ‘good news story’ of our own, which also gives us an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come in Scotland. More than 7 years after he officiated the first same…

Officiant of first same sex marriage in Scotland marries