Humanist Celebrants

As either a registered Marriage Officer/Celebrant or Officiant of Humanism in Scotland, we provide an inclusive and rational approach to life’s rites of passage, including at weddings, renewals of vows, baby/child namings, funerals and memorials etc.  See our ceremony fee structure https://www.humanisminscotland.org/ceremony/our-approach-fees/

Our ceremonies are welcomed by everyone and they offend no one because they are inclusive.

They allow for personal reflection, including those who may bring a faith perspective to the celebration and/or to the tribute for the lives or life of the much loved. At first meeting or contact,  we acquaint you with the humanist ethos and life-stance and offer awareness of what our beliefs and values are so that you are comfortable with what follows – namely face to face exchange(s) at the appropriate time(s) which brings into focus, everything relevant to your chosen event. 

We are a not-for-profit organisation with an extensive transparent outreach in which we commit to our supported causes and beneficiaries.

For our wedding ceremonies, we offer you the opportunity to compose your own script - telling us your story, using your own vows, even kept private until the day, which in itself brings meaningful reflection as individuals, as to the very basis and the why of your decision to progress to legal marriage and its implicit life-long commitment. 

There is no compulsion to join us as we are not a membership organisation, nor do we require any commitment other than your choosing our approach.  Many choose one of the free wedding template sites as a way of bringing into focus, everything including build up, coordination and other arrangements for the wedding day.  See weddings 

https://www.humanisminscotland.org/ceremony/legal-weddings/

For namings of baby/child/young adult, the conferring of a name since ancient times has been recognised as a symbol of welcome, love and commitment.   Parents or guardians choose the words, poetry and sentiments on how they wish to commit to their child, combined with readings from other friends & relatives, creating a lifetime memorable occasion/keep-safe for subsequent generations.  They can even be combined with a wedding ceremony, if appropriate.  See namings

https://www.humanisminscotland.org/ceremony/naming-ceremonies/

For funerals or memorials, our officiants feel such privilege in becoming temporarily immersed in a bereaved family’s life at a time of much distress and grief.  Engaging with a bereaved family or partner at that personal level, with the essential care and empathy as a hallmark of good practice, their recovery and healing from their loss of a loved one can begin to unfold.  See funerals

https://www.humanisminscotland.org/ceremony/funerals-memorials/

It might also be important to let you know that we do also provide ongoing support to bereaved spouses, family members and beyond.  Not being clinicians, we don’t prescribe medication, but find that that is mostly not needed anyway!  Neither are we suggesting that you/your.... define... hasn’t got the strength of mind and resilience to restore their well being.  Given the ongoing support from a dynamic family along with myriads of friends, all can be highly significant in a positive outcome.  Sadly, some are not as fortunate.  We are here as an independent source of support (non-relative, non -judgemental & non-confessional) and active listening. Active listening is hearing and engaging with our counter rationale brought to bear as appropriate on the issues which emerge.   We simply wish you well.

Dougie Jackson

So, you’ve followed your heart and you’re planning your wedding celebrations. 

Congratulations! It’s now time to follow your dream and create a fabulous day. You (and your other half) are the architects of this project - I’m the builder who’ll help you create the perfect structure for your ceremony. 

Hi, my name’s Dougie Jackson and I believe that weddings should be full of colour and music and laughter and joy. They should be meaningful to you and your partner, feature your choices, reflect on your journey, and bring your family and friends together to celebrate. 

With my background in radio/newspapers/live events, I’m no stranger to a microphone, writing a great story or keeping a calm head in a demanding situation.  In short, I can help you create a wonderful and unique ceremony. 

Your big day, your way, stress-free, with me. Simple.

Contact me on 07760 162014 or [email protected]

 

Dougie Jackson was born and brought up on the Southside of Glasgow - in an area not exactly known for its racial/religious tolerance and at a time when faith seemed to cause more friction than harmony. Thankfully, in more recent years, he’s seen Scotland grow into a diverse, multi-faith, multi-cultural society where most of us choose to focus on the many things that unite us, rather than the few which divide us. 

I believe that being a 21st Century Humanist is all about compassion, respect and equality. Being a 21st Century Humanist Wedding Celebrant is all about personalising rather than generalising, offering freedom of expression regardless of religion or orientation and creating ceremonies that truly reflect the lives - and loves - of the people involved.  


 

Duncan Fleming.

My own introduction to Humanism came when some years ago, I had the  pleasure of attending a friend’s wedding which I found to be very uplifting in so many ways, for both the Bride, Groom and assembled guests. Then around 2 years ago, I was asked to do a reading at another friend’s daughter's wedding, also conducted by a Humanist Celebrant and again, it was a lovely and very meaningful experience. When a close family member passed away, I was asked to present the eulogy at the Funeral and it was at that point that I decided to follow my newly discovered instinct and become a Humanist Celebrant. Since then, I truly have found it to be the most fulfilling experience in my life, from sending couples off on a wonderful new life together as a married couple, sharing in the joy of their wedding having found out out about each of them individually, whilst putting together the most personal ceremony that captured their love for each other. The other aspect of humanism is engaging with families during their darkest times when a loved one passes away. Meeting grieving families and helping them to remember their loved ones in their own special way, sharing their fond memories and happy times, again was such a rewarding experience to nurture. On a personal note, I spent more than 20 years working in the Public Sector and I found that since I became directly involved in Humanism and all its different aspects, dealing with so many lovely people during both happy and sad times, really brings such an uplifting and fulfilling privilege. I enjoy exploring with my family and our 2 beloved Yorkies, all the different parts of this amazing country of ours, always bringing such joy and pleasure to our lives. I am more than happy to travel anywhere in Scotland to conduct our range of Ceremonies.

e: [email protected]   m:07776-382641

Linda Babbs

As humans, we have a natural desire to celebrate life and all that it entails, be that birth, death, marriage and the many other milestones that existence brings.  Some look to their religious beliefs to underpin these events, whilst others want to create something that reflects their personal experiences. I believe that Humanism encourages and allows us to do exactly that.

Over the years, I had attended funerals conducted by humanist celebrants and felt that they were the obvious solution for those with no faith traditions. I therefore turned to a Humanist when needing to arrange a funeral for a close family member and felt reassured that the essential facts had been considered along with the accurate details of the person’s life.  We were very much part of the occasion and had the opportunity to say how we felt with love and dignity, both by mourning and celebrating what that person’s loss meant to us. I have since attended Humanist weddings and again, experienced the delight of couples through being able to make the occasion unique to them, with integrity, humour, genuine pleasure and love. I am by profession, a Community Development Worker and enjoy engaging with people and communities, giving them the opportunity to develop and further their potential.  I have always held the belief that people should be encouraged to make their own decisions in life. An individual generally knows what is right for them, although they may need some support to make that informed choice.  It seemed a natural progression for me to become a Celebrant as I had found in Humanism, the appropriate solution for me as it reflected my own ethical beliefs. My role as a wedding celebrant is to guide you through that process, making it as individual and as pertinent and as special as is your love for each other.  Most people know intuitively how they wish to celebrate life events and certainly, that which they don’t want.  To make these celebrations distinctive, it is important that the participants themselves are involved in designing the event; it is in the individual details and personal meanings that create the atmosphere for lasting memories.

I see it as a privilege to be given the opportunity to assist in making your day unique, with as much or as little guidance as you would like. I live near Montrose, with my husband of 30+ years and three cats. Our two children have now left home but family life is very important to us all and we enjoy getting together when we can.

Email: [email protected]

 Tel: 01674-850593      Mob: 077 207 39986

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Natalie Stevenson

After previously being affiliated with a couple of organisations, I am now residing happily with Humanism in Scotland wherein the big picture of humanism is routinely in primary focus.

That sits nicely with my skill set, providing the opportunity for me to channel all I have gathered into active celebration and well-being arising from the biggest life events in human existence.

When it comes to weddings, I really spend time getting to know my couples. Everyone deserves to celebrate who and what they are on the days and events most important to them.

Learning about two people from different backgrounds is a great privilege, helping bring their story together in a way that is meaningful and inspirational for themselves, families and guests - so essential in a ceremony filled with love and commitment.

When it comes to the passing of a loved one, I truly want to convey the essence of the deceased person in celebration of their life.

Storytelling is so important in capturing the significance of not only who and what they were, but also to those dearly beloved with whom they have gained so much in the form of memories and shared events which transcend the passage of time in all of their lives.

And of course, there are ceremonies for wee yins! Having a wee one myself, I’m very much in tune with how we want to celebrate those unforgettable milestones which they encounter at the different stages of their lives. Naming ceremonies are all about welcoming a teeny-tiny into our communities, celebrating all that they are, the joy they can give - even from an early age. It is their right of passage and such a lovely thing to do.

I reside in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, with my wee boy Finn and husband Graeme. When I’m not doing all of the above, I’m usually found embracing my love of all things cinema- books about films – watching films – just being at the pictures! I love all things vintage, am a huge music lover and no stranger to an art or a craft.

If you want a chat with me to discuss having a humanist ceremony, please feel free to contact me at:

07816 210792  or write to me at:

[email protected]

I’m also happy to cover most areas.

for more info please go to:

nataliestevensoncelebrant.com

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Peter Macdonald

I have been involved with Humanism since the mid nineties  and became increasingly aware of the rational approach to life & ethics which it offers. The importance of one’s individual autonomy alongside personal & collective responsibility struck a chord with me. And then, practicing what I ‘preached’, I married my lovely wife at a Humanist Wedding in 2005, prior to taking retirement from the public sector shortly thereafter. Having more free time, I decided to become more involved in Humanism and successfully completed my training, since which as a registered humanist celebrant.

Authorised since 2006 to conduct legal weddings in Scotland as a humanist celebrant/marriage officer, I take great pride in working with you to create a ceremony as personal as you wish. The most important thing for me is your day, a day on which yours is my only wedding booking. I am here for you and you alone.

I have differing styles, level of presentation and formality to offer but I can adapt to any format. This, like many other things in the ceremony, is for your choice as a couple. For me it's all about choice. Your  ceremony will of course be unique, personal and special to you and together, we can decide on the structure & content. It can be traditional, modern, formal, informal, whatever you wish. The vast majority of couples want a relaxed informal wedding with a wee bit of tradition, usually peppered with humour, all agreed beforehand.

Of paramount importance is my desire to maintain the highest quality and level of organisation and presentation at your wedding ceremony, always ensuring that I dedicate my involvement to each and every one of my wedding couples. 

I am married with a ten year old daughter whose adult mind-set is challenging wink, and we enjoy hill-walking, caravanning, cycling, swimming and generally keeping fit.

Email : [email protected]

Face Time (Apple-Mac) - [email protected]

Skype - Peter.Macdonaldfk5

Facebook - Peter Macdonald Humanist Celebrant. 

Mobile 07974 955047

Ron McLaren

Attracted at age 16 to humanism, since which embedded as his life stance, Ron is actively involved as a humanist in local & national communities and their activities, totally committed to the humanist ethos and its much deserved and justified role in seeking to achieve the betterment of all Scotland’s people.

He also first registered as a humanist celebrant in 2001. Helping to pursue the realistic objective of an exemplar Society in Scotland as a model of community cohesion, he believes it should encompass absolute acceptance of equality in diversity, requiring secular democratic state/governance, with no privilege - real, imagined or implied. Ron's role includes the training and mentoring of Celebrants, Marriage Officers and Officiants.

Married to Val for 40 years and stopped counting,  3 children launched and now - grandfather to 6. Ron is based in Newburgh, Fife and can be contacted 24/7 by email > [email protected]   or at:  t > 01337 842352    m > 078 541 14898

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People begin life with open minds - just like we begin life without fear, prejudice or faith. How open-minded we remain generally depends on where we are in the world and what happens to us. Our awareness, behaviour and morality develop as the world influences us. How we process and cope with the world is the part that we can try to control.

In the past, it seems there was a dominant religious influence surrounding us, so how we coped with life was more influenced by faith. We turned to god and service when we needed strength - and with that, there was a sense of belonging to something. Nowadays, (in many parts of the world) faith has less of an influence - and where there is a choice, people appear not to choose religion as a basis for their lives. When this happens, we can hopefully live as an open book - and we are its author.

So what do we belong to if we don't choose faith? Do we need to belong to something? Personally, I have faith in myself and the people around me and I enjoy the challenge of being open-minded. Science, creativity, invention, LOVE and the natural world inspire me just as do acts of care and kindness. So I truly believe that I belong to the majority of people worldwide who try to follow the simple, yet far-reaching belief called the 

Golden Rule: "Treat others as you wish to be treated."

I believe we can live with fairness of mind and kindness of heart. You get what you give. If you are generous and kind, others will treat you with the same respect. We all want the same thing - or most of humanity wants the same thing: peace, friendship and love.

We have always been at the peril of the minorities who seek fortune and power, but I proudly belong to the majority. I belong with the people who seek peace, equality and respect for others.

Like many, I didn't know there was a belief organisation that promotes these personal ideals. Like me, people often discover there is a name for how we can live our respectful and happy lives. It is called 'Humanism'. I discovered Humanism when I attended a friend’s wedding several years ago. Rather than have a religious service, people are choosing to have Humanist ceremonies. This type of ceremony relates perfectly to people who don't have or choose to include faith and religion in their lives.

So, you no longer need to bring religion into your wedding or funeral. This is important if you don't have these beliefs in your everyday life. Humanist Celebrants provide the opportunity for a couple to create their very own personal marriage ceremony.

We call it "Your Love in Your Words".

For me, engaging with 'Humanism in Scotland' is (like many), just an extension of my natural beliefs - and it confirms my responsibility to act and to reach out and help my community wherever I can.  We all have an individual focus, we are all busy - yet we all share an equal responsibility to our communities.

Humanism can remind us of that balance.

I live in Dalmeny, EH30 9TF (The south end of the famous Forth Rail Bridge) with my wife Linda and my 21-year-old son Cal. We are a creative family with music, art, reading, songwriting, gardening and evenings by the fire all playing huge parts in our lives.

I look forward to meeting you in preparation for your wedding. I am here to make your day the perfect reflection of you on such a special (and important) occasion in your lives. 

write to me at: [email protected]

 call me today: 07923 335 833

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Susan Ross

Hello, my name is Susan Ross from Falkirk.  My current background is running my own yoga business in which I have been teaching for over 5 years. My chosen style of teaching is Hatha Yoga, a path towards creating balance and uniting opposites.  I guide my students through calming focused  breathing exercises, asanas (postures) and nurturing relaxation.  I also teach Pregnancy Yoga and Baby Massage.  My history in performing non-religious ceremonies goes back for 10 years when I worked with the local authority as an assistant registrar, conducting weddings, baby namings, renewals of vows and citizenship ceremonies along with registering births, deaths and marriages. My affiliation with Humanism in Scotland came about because my friends, family and people I didn't even know asked me to perform their non-religious ceremonies in which Humanism sits very well with me as its Ethos is very much like yoga, the purpose of which is to cultivate a yogic mind as the vehicle which takes us to the yogic consciousness that is one with all.  The philosophy and world view of yoga is designed to help us develop this yogic mind, a deeper intelligence that grasps the fundamental laws of life - the universal Buddhist dharmas.  Humanism is about nurturing one another, looking after our planet and living the best we can without harm to others or our environment to name but a few, I just love this philosophy. Over the years, I have built up a great deal of customer care skills, ranging from a part-time shoe sales assistant, then to hotel management training and employment with the Stakis Group  and then, when my daughter came along in 1991, embarking on Midwifery training and working as a Midwife at St John's Hospital in Livingston. My skills include bereavement counselling, a good listening ear, ability to help people feel calm and relaxed, besides great organisational and communication skills. Whether a small or large wedding is you wish, a loved ones funeral, renewing those vows or your child's baby naming, I place great emphasis on attention to detail and help you find the words befitting your needs.

I can be contacted on email: [email protected], or on mobile: 07979 340099