Working together for a more rational society: Humanists UK and Humanist Society Scotland

Humanists UK and Humanist Society Scotland have formed a new strategic partnership to govern how the two charities work together and to foster closer ties.

The two organisations have long worked together closely to promote humanism and help people be more fulfilled in the one life they have, and the agreement announced today cements that relationship and allows it to enter a new phase.

The agreement will see the two organisations adopt a collaborative way forward across all areas of their work. This will include mutual recognition of celebrant accreditation, coordinated in campaigns, and co-operation in providing humanist pastoral support.

Recent areas of collaboration include Humanist Society Scotland supporting Humanists UK’s campaign for legal recognition of humanist marriages in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and Humanists UK training HSS volunteers to join the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network. The two groups have also been working increasingly closely together on securing legal recognition for assisted dying.

Speaking from the annual conference of Humanist Society Scotland in Edinburgh today, Humanists UK’s Chief Executive Andrew Copson and Chair Tamar Ghosh said:

‘We’re delighted to be entering into this new partnership, allowing us to continue to learn from each other and provide mutual support to ensure a growing voice for humanism right across the UK.’

Humanist Society Scotland Chair John Bishop commented:

“This new agreement is vital in ensuring that the growing community of people across the UK who live to Humanist values have as strong a voice as possible. We are excited for the potential of future of working together will bring in campaigning and providing much needed services to non-religious people across the UK.”

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