The Humanist Society of Scotland

The Humanist Society of Scotland

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The Humanist Society of Scotland

Faith groups increasingly demand to be heard in public life. They want to influence our politics, our schools and our cultural life. But who represents the interests of the growing number of ethically concerned but non-religious people in Scotland? The Humanist Society of Scotland (HSS) does.
Humanism is a diverse movement that broadly represents the views of millions of people around the world. The HSS represents the views of people in Scotland who wish to lead good and worthwhile lives guided by reason and compassion rather than religion or superstition. Humanists aim to create an open and inclusive society, so we campaign for a secular state and for secular education. At a local level, our groups provide an opportunity to attend talks, film nights and lectures and discuss moral and ethical issues with other free-thinking people.

Our volunteer members campaign actively in a number of areas. More than twenty will become honorary chaplains or hospital visitors as Pastoral Care rolls out in the NHS. Our Public Affairs sub-committee is regularly consulted by the Scottish Government on the policy issues that effect all our lives. New opportunities are emerging both in the development of our Education Strategy and in the formation of the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, in which we are invited stakeholders working alongside organisations like Age Concern, Save the Children and Stonewall.

Our ever growing network of trained, registered celebrants provides a range of dignified, personal ceremonies to mark life’s main events that are civil, legal and extremely popular. Humanist weddings have been legal in Scotland since June 2005, and people now travel from all over the world to marry in one of our ceremonies. In 2007, one of our celebrants was appointed as the first ever Humanist Chaplain at Glasgow University.