2012 Census – The Rise and Rise of the Non-Religious

As reported widely this morning, the results are in from England and Wales for the census conducted last year, and I’m really pleased to see that the non-religious now amount to 25% of the population – a 10% rise on the figure in 2001.This is particularly good news, given that the census question was phrased … Continue Reading

Why I support the Equal Marriage campaign

Why Support Same Sex Marriage in Scotland – An infographic by the team at Humanist Society of Scotland. Click for referencesEmbed Why Support Same Sex Marriage in Scotland on Your Site: Copy and Paste the Code Below<img src=”http://www.humanism-scotland.org.uk/siteimages/same-sex-marriage/Same_Sex_Marriage_Scotland_Infographic_HSS.jpg” width=”540″><br></pre><pre style=”word-wrap: break-word; white-space: pre-wrap; “><a href=”http://humanistweddings.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/when-man-loves-man-and-woman-loves-woman.html” target=”_blank”>Or read this excellent post from Juliet Wilson that says … Continue Reading

Step by Step Guide to a Humanist Wedding no. 3 – Involving Your Guests

In religious or civil weddings, the celebrant does most of the talking, and a couple of special guests are invited to give readings. In a Humanist ceremony, the celebrant generally welcomes the guests and makes the all-important legal declarations, but you’re more than welcome to involve your family and friends in delivering parts of the … Continue Reading


Is what we all seek in our different ways. BBC Radio Scotland gave me a call the other day asking for my thoughts, so I joined the former Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway. to discuss how we can live more balanced lives on the Sunday Morning programme that goes out at an hour you’re still deeply asleep. The … Continue Reading

They’ve Got The H Factor!

I was very pleased with the first phase of the results from The H Factor campaign we ran in September, when we went all over Scotland to find out what humanists believe on a wide range of important moral issues, including same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide and sectarianism. The films feature contributions from more than 50 individuals, … Continue Reading

Have You Got The H Factor?

I’m really pleased to be able to announce the launch of The H Factor, the first ever awareness campaign from The Humanist Society of Scotland. As a celebrant, whenever I meet people to discuss a ceremony and ask them why they’ve chosen a Humanist one, they always begin by saying. “Well, we’re not religious but…” Then they … Continue Reading

Humanist Weddings in Scotland Are More Popular than Catholic Ones – it’s official!

We’ve been waiting a long time to see this story in Scotland on Sunday (and thanks are due to Marc Horne the journalist for breaking the story). Four years, in fact, ever since Gordon Ross, who was then the National Ceremonies Convenor, got his calculator out and ‘did the math’ as the Americans say.That was back … Continue Reading

I know where I’m going… Part 2

The day after the article on body donation appeared in Scotland on Sunday, I got a call from a producer at BBC Radio Scotland, who asked if I’d be prepared to visit the Anatomy Lab at the School of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where Dr Gordon Linklater would show me precisely what will … Continue Reading