Humanists UK - Think for yourself, act for everyone
At Humanists UK, we want a tolerant world where rational thinking and kindness prevail. We work to support lasting change for a better society, championing ideas for the one life we have.
We do this because we’re humanists, people who shape our own lives in the here and now, because we believe it’s the only life we get.
Our work helps people be happier and more fulfilled, and by bringing non-religious people together we help them develop their own views and an understanding of the world around them.
We’re committed to putting humanism into practice. Through our ceremonies, pastoral support, education services, and campaigning work, we advance free thinking and freedom of choice so everyone can live in a fair and equal society.
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We started out in 1896, and since then we’ve always been a growing movement at the forefront of social change. Today we’re trusted by over 60,000 members and supporters and over 70 local and special interest affiliates to promote humanism.
We put humanism into practice through effective campaigning and services, supporting lasting change for happier, more fulfilling lives. Our policies are informed with the support of over 150 of the UK’s most prominent philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers and experts and we seek to advance them with the help of over 100 parliamentarians in membership of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group. We bring like-minded people together to make change happen, and we strive to be their voice in public debate, drawing on contemporary humanist thought and the worldwide humanist tradition.
We’ve been conducting non-religious funerals, weddings, and baby-namings for 120 years. Our highly trained celebrants are the best you’ll find anywhere, and they support individuals to create authentic, bespoke ceremonies that put people and their stories at the heart of every occasion.
We also help vulnerable people easily access like-minded and effective non-religious pastoral support that is specially tailored to work for them. Our trained and accredited non-religious pastoral support volunteers operate across hospitals, prisons, and the armed forces.
If you want to support us in our work, please do join or donate. We are dependant on charitable giving to continue our work.
Humanists UK is a trading name of the British Humanist Association. We are a charitable company, formed in 1896 and incorporated in 1928. Our governing document is our Articles of Association, which can be viewed here.
Northern Ireland Humanists has welcomed the High Court of Justice’s ruling today that women in Northern Ireland should be given legal access to abortions in cases where a woman’s pregnancy has a fatal foetal abnormality, in a landmark decision which should guarantee changes to the country’s restrictive abortion laws.
The Welsh Government today announced it will consult on a range of education reforms, including the removal of parental rights to withdraw their children from RE and RSE in all state-funded schools, seemingly including faith schools, and a plan to rename RE to ‘Religions and Worldviews’.
Humanists UK has expressed concern over comments by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson who this week said the Government was ‘looking closely’ at opening more voluntary aided faith schools in England and its position on the 50% cap on faith admissions in free schools.
Around 50 of the UK’s leading scientists and science organisations have urged the Welsh Government to ensure that students are taught evolution at primary school and to explicitly ban the teaching of creationism as science in all Welsh schools, in an open letter published today.
Parents believe religious worship is the least appropriate activity for school assemblies, ranking it last among 13 possible topics or activities, according to a new poll released today.