Jennifer Buchan delivers our opening thoughts at the conference. She has blonde hair and a red shawl and stands at a podium.

Humanist Society Conference 2023: chair’s opening speech

November 1, 2023

On Friday 27 October 2023 at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, our chair Jennifer Buchan delivered the opening remarks for our annual conference, on the future of abortion rights in Scotland. We are delighted to publish Jennifer’s speech here. In it, she…

Humanist Society Conference 2023: chair’s opening speech
Clarke, Isioma Okolo, Gemma Clark, Lucy Grieve, Gillian Mackay, Jennifer Buchan.

Joy, anger, and hope: a report on Humanist Society Conference 2023, The Future of Reproductive Rights in Scotland

October 30, 2023

At our annual conference we discussed the future of reproductive rights in Scotland with a brilliant cast of pro-choice speakers. We report on a day full of stories of victory and defeat, moments of joy and anger, lessons learned, and…

Joy, anger, and hope: a report on Humanist Society Conference 2023, The Future of Reproductive Rights in Scotland
A dancing blue figure, the Humanist Society Scotland logo graphic.

A statement from Humanist Society Scotland on the current situation in Palestine and Israel

October 18, 2023

The humanist community in Scotland is in mourning for the innocent lives lost in Israel and Palestine due to the renewal of hostilities in the region and their escalation to a level not seen for decades. We oppose all attempts…

A statement from Humanist Society Scotland on the current situation in Palestine and Israel
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
Fraser in conversation with Wonderful from Humanists Malawi. Wonderful has his arms folded and makes a point with his right hand. He has short black hair and glasses and wears a black jacket. Fraser listens and looks at Wonderful. He has glasses and short brown hair and wears a blue suit with pale blue shirt and no tie.

Building bridges, building democracies: a report from the World Humanist Congress 2023

August 23, 2023

At the start of August, over 400 delegates from humanist organisations around the world took part in the World Humanist Congress in Copenhagen, the first congress since 2014. In all, 43 countries were represented at the three-day event. Humanist Society…

Building bridges, building democracies: a report from the World Humanist Congress 2023
The Humanist Society Scotland logo, a simple, stylised, blue dancing figure with a pattern on its chest.

New chair and trustees

August 2, 2023

Following the 2023 AGM of Humanist Society Scotland the charity welcomed two new members as trustees to the board who oversee the governance of the charity. New members Tony Khan and Joanne Streeter were elected by members to serve on…

New chair and trustees
The Streetcare Volunteers logo. Text reads "Streetcare Volunteers" in yellow on black and black on yellow, the colour combination shifting from one line to the next.

Streetcare Volunteers now an independent charity

July 25, 2023

After more than a decade supporting homeless people as part of Humanist Society Scotland, Streetcare has become an independent charity. Its core aim is to help people on the streets and precariously housed people, including by redistributing unused food. Streetcare’s…

Streetcare Volunteers now an independent charity
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
Three horizontally aligned images show activities for World Humanist Day. There are people serving a range of world foods from a long table to the left, part of the Pollokshields event. In the centre are cubscouts designing community gardens with pen and paper on the floor of their scout hut. To the right is a group of humanists on a walk in Edinburgh at the foot of Salisbury Crags.

Looking back on World Humanist Day

June 29, 2023

Our Community Engagement Manager Lara looks back on another successful and wide-ranging set of events held for World Humanist Day. World Humanist Day is celebrated every year on 21 June and we’ve been celebrating it since the 1980s. It’s an…

Looking back on World Humanist Day

Membership fee increases August 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