We are the charity for people seeking an ethical, compassionate, rational and secular Scotland. Humanist Society Scotland has over 14,000 members from Stranraer to Shetland.

The work of Humanist Society Scotland is managed into three divisions:


Scotland is one of only eight countries in the world where humanists can conduct legal weddings. Since Humanist Society Scotland was authorised by the Registrar General in 2005 to conduct weddings we have seen a phenomenal growth in the numbers of people seeking a meaningful non-religious ceremony.

We manage a network of over 100 Humanist Society Scotland Registered Celebrants(™) across Scotland who provide humanist ceremonies on behalf of the Society.

We also provide support and training to other humanist organisations around the world to help them build capacity for providing humanist ceremonies.

Visit our ceremonies section to find out more.

Public Affairs

What separates Humanist Society Scotland from other commercial providers of humanist weddings is our public affairs division. We monitor and seek to influence the development of public policy by raising awareness of injustices in current law or policy, and organising campaigns and events to promote change.

All of our public affairs work is aimed at making Scotland a more democratic, secular and socially just society. We work with international partners and umbrella organisations to campaign across Europe and beyond.

We are proud to have played a leading role in the Equal Marriage campaign in Scotland, as well as the campaign to support the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.

Visit our policy and campaigns section to find out more.


There are six local humanist groups across Scotland, run by volunteer members of HSS.

We also have a choir (Humanists in Harmony), a soup kitchen (T-Run) and many other community events.

Visit our Get Involved section to find out more.

Head and heart

What is Humanism?

Humanists are people who share common values, such as science and rational enquiry, and who seek to live ethical lives based on reason and compassion.

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Here and now

What events are taking place near me?

We organise a range of events around the country. If you're interested in finding out more about HSS, coming along to one of our events is a great way to learn more.

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Join us today

Why become a member of Scotland's Humanist charity?

We are a democratic membership charity. Join us today to get involved in our campaigns to make Scotland a more secular, rational and socially just country.

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