A Christmas Message from Ricky Gervais

New Humanist Magazine has come up with a great idea: an advent calendar of podcasts by well known commentators and comedians. Today’s comes from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant The devil may have the best tunes, but the humanists have the best jokes.

Face to Faith – Making Everyone Feel Welcome

Humanist weddings are non-religious but they’re not anti-religious and I believe it’s important that everyone feels welcome. It’s a subject that comes up fairly often when I meet people for the first time and although many couples have no interest in religion themselves, I always ask them about their friends and relatives so if they … Continue Reading

Bride and Groom married by Humanist Celebrant Tim Maguire at Carlowrie Castle with photo by

Little touches

It’s been a busy – if rather wet – summer, but now that the swallows are leaving our shores (at a rate of 3,500 an hour, according to the bird observatory at Portland Bill) I’ve had time to look back over the wedding ceremonies I’ve conducted this year and I’m not entirely surprised to find … Continue Reading

Humanist Weddings in Scotland rise by 64%

As the media officer for the HSS, I was delighted to see the response to the new statistics released by the Registrar General for Scotland last week about the rise in the number of Humanist Weddings. Although not as huge a leap as 2006, when they went up five-fold, it shows that although marriage itself … Continue Reading

Is Humanism some kind of weird hippy thing?

Until they get married, or go to a funeral, most people have never heard of Humanism, so we get asked all sorts of questions by Anxious of Newtonmearns. So let me reassure you now that – unless you really want to – we don’t all take our clothes off and dance widdershins round a yew … Continue Reading

What is Humanism? A Simple Definition

Humanism isn’t a religion – it’s a very old philosophy that represents the views of hundreds of millions of people around the world. There are lots of definitions  out there, but my favourite comes from the late Kurt Vonnegut, who said that “being a humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or … Continue Reading