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Humanist Celebrants

Across the country acknowledgement of non faith based ceremonies continues to gather momentum. With same sex marriages and the push to equalise and legalise civil partnerships for hetrosexual couples we continue to discover and celebrate our individuality. 

Ceremonies have played a fundamental part in human history, on the whole communities enjoy celebrating and marking life events and people relish the opportunity to come together. Lancaster has not had any humanist celebrants based here, but recently three have joined our community and are supporting us to make and mark our life journeys.

But...What is Humanism?

"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. Many millions of people in Britain share this way of living and of looking at the world, but many of them have not heard the word ‘humanist’ and don’t realise that it describes what they believe." ( Humanist UK Website)

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A humanist celebrant is a formally trained and assessed person who can plan, write and deliver a range of events/ceremonies to help other Humanists mark life events i.e. Weddings, Partnerships, Namings, Funerals. After all, we care greatly about each other so why wouldn't we want to come together and share our life journeys, be that welcoming a baby or child into a family with a Naming or saying goodbye and celebrating life at a funeral. 

Many people haven't heard of Humanism or know that there are alternative ceremonies that either provide a neutral ceremony within a family of various beliefs or provide a platform for sharing humanist values. 

If you would like to mark an event in your life please contact or explore http://humanism.org.uk/ceremonies/

Namings: http://humanist.org.uk/sarahstimson/

Weddings: http://humanist.org.uk/maggiesmith/

Funerals/Weddings/Namings:http://humanist.org.uk/johntopping/

 

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