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Humanists in England and Wales call for legal humanist weddings as Scottish Parliament officially recognises humanist ceremonies for marriage provision in law

Thousands of humanists in England and Wales have been calling on the Government to give legal recognition to humanist weddings this Valentine’s Day, while in Scotland the Scottish Parliament has officially recognised Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) as the first non-religious organisation with a permanent right in law to conduct legal marriages under the 1977 Marriage […]

Humanist weddings continue to surge in number, bucking national trend

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has called for legal recognition to be given to humanist weddings across the UK, as new national marriage figures in England and Wales show that marriages overall have declined in number at the same time as non-legal humanist weddings have surged in popularity. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has […]

Weddings

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Humanist Weddings

Humanist weddings If you’re starting to plan your wedding, congratulations! We’re here to help you start your married life with a unique, personally-tailored ceremony that is meaningful to you. Is a humanist wedding right for you? Many of us who aren’t religious are looking for a wedding that is more flexible and personal than a […]

Shappi Khorsandi to headline ‘A Night of Humanism’ in Belfast in 2020

Northern Ireland Humanists’ massively popular event ‘A Night of Humanism’ will return in January 2020 and tickets are on sale now. Hosted by Northern Ireland Humanists patron, comedian Tim McGarry, the event will also feature comedy from Humanists UK Vice President Shappi Khorsandi, and an opportunity to learn about the work that humanists are doing […]

Bespoke and handcrafted ceremonies: an interview with Northern Ireland Humanists celebrant Stewart Holden

Photo courtesy of CrazyHappyLove Photography We spoke to Stewart Holden – the celebrant network support coordinator in Northern Ireland. He spoke to us about the joy of conducting humanist ceremonies, why they’re becoming increasingly popular, and their bespoke, personal, and intimate nature. Hi Stewart. What is a humanist celebrant? A humanist celebrant writes and conducts […]

Workshops

Celebrant Conference 2019 workshops (TBC) Please note these times for these workshops are tentative and yet to be fully confirmed. Once the timetable has been confirmed, you will be emailed to give your preferences for each timeslot. Workshop 1 – Saturday 2 November Session Facilitator Description How to write an ‘About’ page as brilliant as […]

Humanist marriages continue to rise in Scotland, new figures show

Humanist marriages are on the rise in Scotland, with new official figures showing 6,117 humanist marriages (22% of total marriages) took place in Scotland in 2018, up from 5,702 marriages (20%) in the previous year. Humanists UK has welcomed these latest statistics, which show that more couples are choosing to have a humanist marriage, reflecting […]

Providing people-centred care: an interview with two upcoming graduates in humanist pastoral care

Humanists UK set up and developed the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network in 2016, and now the network provides emotional support to vulnerable people in over 40% of hospitals and 20% of prisons across England and Wales. While most pastoral carers are volunteers, an increasing number are paid professionals. The best professional route into this work, […]

UK Government excludes humanist marriages in fast track review of marriage venues

The UK Government has announced details of its upcoming review into marriage laws in England and Wales, and announced it intends to fast-track legal recognition of civil marriages taking place in outdoor venues. The fast-track omits legal recognition of humanist marriages – in spite of this being the most popular change the Government could possibly […]

Same-sex marriages

We have long campaigned for a reform of marriage laws – in order to gain legal recognition for both same-sex and humanist marriage ceremonies. Same-sex marriages are legal throughout the UK and crown dependencies, and were most recently legalised in Northern Ireland. Humanist celebrants in the UK have performed same-sex wedding ceremonies for decades, ever […]

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