How to involve your family and friends…

    I got my copy of the Scottish Wedding Directory Magazine today and I was delighted to see that their journalist Patricia-Ann Young spoke to two couples I married recently.     If you want to see a little more detail, check out Ashley and Jamie’s story here And the full version of Claire and […]

Remembrance Friday

I was honoured to be asked to deliver a Remembrance address to the staff of the Scottish Government at St. Andrew’s House in Edinburgh yesterday.  As no humanist has ever been invited to be part of an official event of this kind, it meant a lot, and it seemed very fitting that it happened 99 years […]

Is Thought For the Day boring?

John Humphrys seems to think so. In an interview with the Radio Times, he said the slot is “deeply, deeply boring”, and argues for the inclusion of thoughts for the day from secular thinkers.  It’s not the first time that this claim has been made, but the BBC doesn’t agree, and it’s unlikely if Thought […]

Humanists offer choice in a rapidly changing world

This is the first time I’ve read a Leader article on Humanism, and I think the writer strikes just the right tone in today’s edition of The Scotsman. “But if humanists did not provide an alternative, marriage itself might be in significant decline, which should be a genuine concern for mainstream religions. The figures do not […]

It’s Officlal – or is it? Humanist Weddings More Popular than Church of Scotland in 2015

For some time now, the media has predicted that 2015 would be the year that humanist weddings became more popular than religious weddings. The Registrar General of Scotland recently published their annual statistics, which show that to be the case. Today’s edition of Christian Today says “Humanist weddings outstrip Church of Scotland weddings for the […]

A Time To Give

When my colleagues Julie Reid and Andy McSorley set up the Caledonian Humanist Association, they chose a different path. They decided we would focus on serving our local communities, keep our costs as low as possible and give away any surplus funds to local charities.  CHA is now a year old, so for my first […]