Humanists on a march, holding up a large banner that reads "Humanists Society Scotland" and a placard that reads "Humanists against Hate."

New census figures show majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time

May 21, 2024

New figures show that a majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time. This calls into question the privileged place of religion in certain public services such as education. Figures released today by the National Records of Scotland show…

New census figures show majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time
A portrait engraving of Frances Wright by John Chester Buttre. The image shows her with medium length curly hair, puffy sleeves and a waistcoat tucked into a belt tied tightly at her waist. She leans on a desk to her left and rests her face on her left hand.

Remembering Frances Wright on International Women’s Day

March 6, 2024

As we celebrate the cultural and political achievements of women around the world, here’s an introduction to the remarkable life and complex legacy of Fanny Wright, Scottish pioneer of feminism, anti-slavery, and secular thought. Who was Frances Wright? The Dundee-born…

Remembering Frances Wright on International Women’s Day
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On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven

February 11, 2024

We explore the lives of seven pioneering medical students who shaped the course of scientific history and women’s rights. International Day of Women and Girls in Science is about recognising the achievements of women and girls across all fields of…

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven
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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
Dave Brackenridge, wearing a black jumper with a microphone in his hand and lectern infront of him, evangelises to an audience live on YouTube.

Humanist Society comments on links between evangelical pastor and charity working in primary schools

November 13, 2023

An article in The National reveals that Dave Brackenridge is the CEO of Rookie Rockstars, a charity operating in several Scottish primary schools. He was recently recorded making comments about the First Minister, Rishi Sunak (whom he mistakenly calls a…

Humanist Society comments on links between evangelical pastor and charity working in primary schools
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Humanist Society interview series: Gemma Clark, abortion rights campaigner

May 22, 2023

At Humanist Society Scotland, we love talking to inspiring campaigners. We got to know abortion-rights activist and primary schoolteacher Gemma Clark through her awareness-raising work on the need for buffer zones around abortion services. Scotland is the last part of…

Humanist Society interview series: Gemma Clark, abortion rights campaigner
This image shows the meeting house at Sussex University in England, the first university meeting place whose appointed religious representative is a humanist. It is a large cylindrical building with an alternating pattern of concrete blocks and square coloured-glass panels that let in light. I has a green, conical roof.

Humanist Society contributes to new Faith and Belief Engagement Strategy

March 21, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland was delighted to contribute to Scottish Government’s new Faith and Belief Engagement Strategy, which launches today. The strategy offers a newly accurate understanding of faith and belief across Scotland. This will inform policy development. It’s also about…

Humanist Society contributes to new Faith and Belief Engagement Strategy
Fraser Sutherland stands in a children's playground, behind the steps up to a slide. He looks down at the camera which is positioned quite low down. He is holding a white book. In the background is a row of houses and a blue sky with clouds.

Our CEO talks religion and politics in The Herald

March 7, 2023

Our CEO Fraser Sutherland spoke to Neil Mackay for a long read in the Sunday Herald on 5 March. They talked about the rising influence of religion on Scottish and global politics and possible impacts on our democracy and human…

Our CEO talks religion and politics in The Herald
Fraser Sutherland, wearing a blue suit, addresses a crowd infront of a banner reading "Humanist Society Scotland".

Our CEO talks Kate Forbes, faith, and policy-making on BBC Radio Scotland

February 22, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland CEO Fraser Sutherland appeared on BBC Radio Scotland on 21 February to talk about faith and policy-making in a secular country. There has been much discussion in recent days of FM candidate Kate Forbes’s links to a…

Our CEO talks Kate Forbes, faith, and policy-making on BBC Radio Scotland