A landscape photo of people in a garden talking at tables with food on them. The photo is taken at a picnic and play event at the Hidden Gardens behind Tramway, Glasgow during World Humanist Day 2023. Text infront reads "World Humanist Day small grants scheme."

Our World Humanist Day small grant scheme opens for 2024

February 22, 2024

For the second year running, we are extending our small grants scheme to non-members, provided your event or project shows a commitment to humanist values. World Humanist Day is celebrated every year on 21 June. It’s an opportunity for humanists…

Our World Humanist Day small grant scheme opens for 2024
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Humanist Society interview series: board member Tony Khan on claiming asylum and finding strength in adversity

February 6, 2024

In the latest instalment in our interview series, our new board member Tony Khan tells us about his experiences of seeking asylum in the UK, homelessness, and embracing humanism. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?…

Humanist Society interview series: board member Tony Khan on claiming asylum and finding strength in adversity
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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
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The year ahead for humanism in Scotland

January 16, 2024

2024 looks set to be a busy and perhaps defining year for the humanist movement in Scotland. Here’s a rundown of the issues we’ll be working on and the gains we hope to make, from assisted dying to reproductive rights….

The year ahead for humanism in Scotland
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.

The year in good news

December 18, 2023

The new year is approaching. And the world feels like a dark and scary place in lots of ways. So, to warm the cockles during the festive season, here’s an incomplete rundown of some good news for humanists across 2023,…

The year in good news
A side-on shot of a row of religious protestors lined up outside an abortion healthcare facility.

We submit our views to buffer zones consultation

We have submitted our views to a consultation on the Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill. If implemented, this bill will create a “buffer zone” of 200m around abortion services in Scotland. This will make the religiously motivated harassment…

We submit our views to buffer zones consultation
A woman and child on an EcoHumanists march. The adult wears a bobble hat and has a camouflage jacket on and holds a skateboard that says "No Change No Future" on it. The child has a pink beanie hat on and holds a placard that says "One Life One Earth One Humanity."

What is humanism? Some thoughts from Humanist Society Scotland

December 11, 2023

As Scotland’s national humanist charity, we often find ourselves in discussion with people who don’t know what humanism is. We also find that, within our community, a lot of people repeat the same statement to us: “I was a humanist…

What is humanism? Some thoughts from Humanist Society Scotland
A teacher with red hair and a black top leans over two students of about eight years old, one in a grey jumper and one in a red festive jumper with Minnie Mouse and a snowflake on. Both are writing on sheets of paper.

Humanist Society seeking help on research project about faith schools

December 6, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland is exploring how religious approval requirements for teachers in denominational schools impact those with humanist and non-Christian beliefs. We want to hear from people with first-hand experience of the teacher-approval process, including teachers, former teachers, administrative staff,…

Humanist Society seeking help on research project about faith schools
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Humanist Society calls for ceasefire in Gaza

November 16, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland is adding its voice to the growing international chorus calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Yesterday, UK MPs rejected a motion calling for a ceasefire, while the UN passed a vote in favour of “urgent,…

Humanist Society calls for ceasefire in Gaza
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Humanist Society has its say on fair school votes for East Lothian

November 14, 2023

Humanist Society has responded to a local council consultation, arguing that religious reps’ voting rights on the local education committee should be removed. Our CEO Fraser Sutherland also spoke to The National about the need for elected officials to be…

Humanist Society has its say on fair school votes for East Lothian
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