Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) is part of a UK, European and wider international movement of people and organisations.
Humanists include atheists and agnostics who make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.
Most of us want to celebrate important events in our lives, such as new lives, committed relationships, and, very importantly, lives which have ended.
For those of us with no religious belief it is important that we can mark these occasions with personal ceremonies which celebrate the events.
HSS provides trained and registered celebrants who work to set standards and a code of conduct and can help you create the ceremony which is right for you and your family.
We aim to reflect the views of the millions of Scots who value secularism in public life – and who go on to agree with our Vision of a fair, progressive and open Scotland.
We seek to influence public policy - not just in Scotland, but in the UK and internationally. We know that we are just one voice among many. We recognise that we have a right to be heard, but not a right to win the debate; and we ask that those who do not share our values recognise the same.
- First humanist thanksgiving address takes place at University of Strathclyde
- Celebrating a Decade of Humanist Marriage in Scotland
- HSS sponsoring first ever Scottish LGBTI Awards
- Scottish Parliament vote against Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill
- Third atheist writer hacked to death this year in Bangladesh
Support for teachers, students and parents in order to develop critical thinking skills in our young people. There are:
- teaching materials suitable for all stages and individual study for senior pupils
- DVDs and class sets of books to be chosen from our reviews
- advice to parents and senior pupils who wish to opt out of RO and RE
- HSS-EG Pub Night -Thinking and Drinking:The Kenilworth, Rose Street
July 29, 2015, 19:00 – 23:00,
- Annual Conference and Gala Dinner
September 27, 2015, 09:00, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ.
- Fife Group
August 11, 2015, 06:30 – 09:00, Banner's House Hotel, 1 Main Street, Markinch, KY7 6DQ.
- Glasgow and West Summer Outing
August 16, 2015, 11:00, The Kelpies, Falkirk
- Philosophy in the classroom: Promoting thinking in Scotland's schools (£5)
August 30, 2015, 14:00 – 15:30, St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)