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
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Stirling Council will remove education votes from religious reps after next election

July 17, 2023

We are delighted that Stirling Council has voted to remove voting rights from religious representatives on its education committee. The change will take effect after the next local council elections in 2027. Conservative and Unionist councillor Bryan Flannagan proposed the…

Stirling Council will remove education votes from religious reps after next election
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Fife Council removes voting rights from unelected religious advocates on education committee

June 22, 2023

We are delighted that Fife Council has voted by 36 to 32 to remove voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. This follows on from the identical votes passed in the Highlands and Orkney last month and…

Fife Council removes voting rights from unelected religious advocates on education committee
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)
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Our CEO interviewed in The National on religious rep education votes

May 29, 2023

Our CEO Fraser Sutherland spoke to The National‘s Steph Brawn in an interview published on Sunday 28 May. He outlined our opposition to the “historical hangover” of religious representatives having voting rights on local education committees. Fraser and Steph also…

Our CEO interviewed in The National on religious rep education votes
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Humanist Society has its say on assisted dying in the media

May 22, 2023

Our CEO Fraser Sutherland has been getting our views on assisted dying across on the radio and in the news. He’s been talking in response to an event held at Holyrood by faith leaders on 18 May, outlining their opposition…

Humanist Society has its say on assisted dying in the media
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Humanist Society interview series: Gemma Clark, abortion rights campaigner

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
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Orkney Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee

May 4, 2023

The Humanist Society welcomes the news that Orkney Council has removed voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. The motion, presented by Councillors John Ross Scott and Kristopher Leask of the Green Party, passed in a 12-to-9…

Orkney Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee
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Schools did not provide balance to anti-abortion visits: Humanist Society comments in The Herald

May 2, 2023

We were pleased to have our say in a new article in The Herald revealing that eight Scottish local authorities which allowed an anti-abortion group to speak to pupils about reproductive health failed to provide alternative, pro-choice visits. The Society…

Schools did not provide balance to anti-abortion visits: Humanist Society comments in The Herald
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Our priorities for Humza Yousaf

April 25, 2023

The current parliamentary term could be a pivotal time for humanism in Scotland. We look forward to the passing of a law to protect women from harassment outside abortion clinics, and we hope that new rules will follow to ensure…

Our priorities for Humza Yousaf