WHAT IS HUMANISM?

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A Way of Life

" Throughout recorded history there have been non-religious people who have believed that this life is the only life we have, that the universe is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. They have trusted to the scientific method, evidence, and reason to discover truths about the universe and have placed human welfare and happiness at the centre of their ethical decision making.

Today, people who share these beliefs and values are called humanists and this combination of attitudes is called Humanism." Humanists UK - 2019



 

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Humanist Tradition

"China, India and Western Europe all have traditions of humanist thinking that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. This way of understanding the world, of finding meaning in life, and of grounding moral thinking is also found in many other cultures. You can trace the movement of humanist ideas through time in the following sections. You can also find out more about a selection of historical figures who have influenced humanist thinking or demonstrated humanist ideals in their lives or writings.

Many people have thought and expressed humanist ideas over many centuries all over the world, contributing to a humanist tradition. Though some of them may have believed in a god or gods, they were thoughtful, humane, open-minded people, and many of them fought against the ignorance and religious bigotry of their day, sometimes taking considerable personal risks to do so. Many of the great philosophers, scientists and moral thinkers were essentially humanist, because they did not accept traditional beliefs but thought for themselves and pushed human knowledge forwards."  Humanists UK - 2019

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Unique Celebrations

"It’s hard trying to describe a typical humanist ceremony as, by definition, each one is completely unique. There are no rules, and celebrants can give as much or as little help as is needed to create a truly fitting occasion.

That said, all humanist ceremonies are:

  1. Unique: There is no set script to follow. Our celebrants will work with you and write a bespoke ceremony.
  2. Non-religious: Our ceremonies focus on what matters in ‘the one life we have’; our relationships with those we love and what we value.
  3. Personal: Focus is on the person or couple that the ceremony is all about, their personality and individuality.
  4. Tailored: We’ll make sure the mood, content and tone are exactly what you want.
  5. Collaborative: Our role is to work with you to create a ceremony that is everything you want it to be, and more.
  6. Flexible: It’s for you to decide where and when the ceremony is to be held. Let us know and we’ll be there.
  7. Sincere: There is nothing that has to be included or words that have to be said. Every word will be true to you and your outlook.
  8. Approved: You’ll have the opportunity to read and feedback on some or all of the draft of the ceremony if you wish. It’s your ceremony – you decide when it’s just right."  Humanists UK - 2019