what is humanism, anyway?

I am a Humanist, and a Humanists UK Accredited celebrant...
but what does that mean for you?

Some of my couples are actual card-carrying members of Humanists UK.

Others end up looking into Humanist ceremonies because they want a personal, non-religious ceremony... and end up realising that they were, in fact, pretty Humanist themselves already!

Don't worry, though - it doesn't mean that I will be preaching about Humanism in your ceremony,
or that guests of other faiths and religions will be made to feel excluded or uncomfortable.

Stephen Fry is a Patron of Humanists UK (does that mean I can consider him a colleague?!)
He has recorded a series of videos about Humanism. Give it a watch and see what you think!


I usually sum up Humanism as a non-religious life stance
centred around reason; kindness; happiness; and the power of humanity.
We believe that you don't need a god or a higher power to tell you what is right or wrong!

If you:
- trust science over the spiritual or supernatural
- try to live an ethical life with empathy for others
- believe that we give our lives meaning and create happiness
through the power of the human experience

then congrats! You might just be a Humanist.

For me, this tagline sums it up well:

"Think for yourself; act for everyone."

Here are some links and resources if you would like to find out more!

Humanists UK Main Site
Humanist Ceremonies
Humanist Weddings
Wedding Ideas and Inspiration

You can also support the work of Humanists UK by becoming a member.
Humanists UK lead campaigns about schools and education; human rights and equality;
secularism; and public ethical issues.
You can find out more about these here:

humanists uk campaigns
ways to support humanists uk