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Chris Packham CBE to deliver the Darwin Day Lecture 2020

Conservationist and broadcaster Chris Packham CBE is set to receive the second ever Humanists UK Darwin Day Medal on 12 February 2020. The lecture will be chaired by Humanists UK President Professor Alice Roberts. Every year, The Darwin Day Lecture explores humanism and humanist thought as related to science and evolution, or the works of […]

Schools warned against supporting Operation Christmas Child

Schools are being warned not to support the Operation Christmas Child appeal run by an evangelical US charity Samaritan’s Purse, which unbeknownst to many parents uses donors’ gifts to evangelise to vulnerable children, after it emerged that more schools are collecting donations for the scheme. Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes full of toys, books, and […]

Non-religious continue to face severe persecution in 70 countries – new report

Humanists UK has welcomed the release of a new report which documents the persecution faced by humanists, atheists, and other non-religious people, including in 70 countries that have severe punishments for leaving a religion or expressing non-religious beliefs. The 2019 Freedom of Thought Report by Humanists International, released today, finds that while eight countries have […]

Francesca Stavrakopoulou and Adam Kay announced for 2020 Rosalind Franklin and Voltaire Lectures

Humanists UK today announced that tickets for its Rosalind Franklin Lecture and Voltaire Lecture are now on sale. The organisation plans to announce its Darwin Day Lecture very soon. At that time, tickets for all three events will also sell as part of a combined ‘multi-lecture pass’, allowing attendees to purchase one ticket for all […]

Take Action: Ask your GP to support compassion and dignity in assisted dying poll

Humanists UK is encouraging all of its members and supporters to ask their GPs to back dignity and compassion for everyone by voting in support of assisted dying in the Royal College of General Practitioners’ survey, which closes on 13 December 2019. Earlier this year the RCGP announced that its 53,000 members across the UK […]

Humanists to take part in all national Remembrance Day ceremonies across the UK

Humanist representatives are preparing to take part in all of the national Remembrance Day ceremonies across the UK this Sunday, including at the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Westminster, the Welsh National Service, the Northern Ireland Service, and the Scottish National Remembrance Service. Humanists UK and its armed forces section, Defence Humanists, […]

‘Every Human Being’: campaign from Stephen Fry and Humanists UK to celebrate human rights

Humanists UK has teamed up with its patron Stephen Fry to launch a new campaign film entitled ‘Every Human Being’, which celebrates the commitment that humanists make towards the basic rights that everyone is entitled to by simple virtue of being human. The 57-second video, narrated by Stephen Fry, opens with an allusion to Article […]

Humanists launch Northern Ireland’s first billboards advertising legal same-sex marriages

The first billboards advertising legal same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland have been erected across Belfast today by Northern Ireland Humanists, marking the traditionally conservative country’s groundbreaking progress towards an inclusive, tolerant society. Northern Ireland Humanists, which conducts humanist marriages, funerals, and naming ceremonies and has a long history of campaigning for human rights, including legal […]

‘Assemblies for All’: Humanists UK launches groundbreaking school resource hub

Schools wanting to deliver inclusive assemblies instead of compulsory religious worship can now access a groundbreaking new resource hub featuring hundreds of inclusive assemblies, after Humanists UK developed the first model of its kind for schools to roll out across the UK. Assemblies for All comprises more than 200 high-quality, inclusive assemblies for Key Stages […]

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 […]

New research busts faith school academic excellence myth

New research published today by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and the University of Bristol has revealed ‘dramatic’ changes in the performance of secondary faith schools in England when the background of pupils is fully considered. The ‘Fairer Schools Index’ finds religious schools’ ‘scores reduce substantially once the educationally advantaged nature of their pupils is considered’. […]

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