What is a humanist?

I consider myself to be a humanist but what does that actually mean?

Roughly speaking, the word humanist has come to mean someone who:

  • trusts to the scientific method when it comes to understanding how the universe works and rejects the idea of the supernatural (and is therefore an atheist or agnostic)
  • makes their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals
  • believes that, in the absence of an afterlife and any discernible purpose to the universe, human beings can act to give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness in this life and helping others to do the same.

Humanist Ceremonies™ is the growing network of over 450 celebrants qualified and accredited by Humanists UK. We work across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. (In Scotland celebrants are trained by the Humanist Society Scotland.)

As celebrants we create, write and conduct a range of ceremonies to mark the big moments in life, mostly (but not exclusively) baby naming ceremonies, weddings and funerals.

What we do isn’t new: We’re proud of our history and know that Humanists UK members were conducting humanist ceremonies as long ago as the 1890s. Humanist ceremonies are not unusual either – we take many thousands each year but perhaps this isn’t surprising since half of Britain’s population say they are not religious, and indeed only 23% of marriages in England and Wales are religious ceremonies (Office for National Statistics).

Providing high-quality, personal, non-religious ceremonies is something we take very seriously. We are thoroughly trained and quality-assured. We are passionate about our work and providing people with an appropriate way to mark the most important moments in their lives.

Visit the Humanists UK web pages for more information.

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