Join us for an on-site training for individuals interested in learning more about performing humanist ceremonies and being effective Humanist Celebrants.

Saturday, November 3, 10am-4pm | Performing Life Ceremonies
Sunday, November 4, 9am-12pm | How to Build Your Website

The Birmingham Temple
28611 West 12 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
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  • Learn how to prepare unique & inspiring humanist wedding ceremonies
  • Care for individuals nearing the end of life & support their families
  • Gain understanding of how humanists celebrate life events & milestones
  • Understand how to give proper local meeting invocations

Participants will receive supporting materials to begin (or add to) their personal library of resources i.e. sample ceremonies, suggested readings, creative ideas. Endorsed celebrants will be added to a local database.

Note: The AHA Center for Education trains celebrants and The Humanist Society endorses celebrants, enabling them to perform ceremonies. This training will inform you how to get endorsed but will not endorse you.

Full program: $100 (Saturday: $75, Sunday: $25)
A full refund will be provided if cancellation notice is given 15 days in advance of the training. No refunds will be made thereafter.


Kathy Diedrich holds credentials as a Humanist Celebrant and a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant. She earned certificates from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in Foundations of Celebrancy, Weddings, Funerals, and Ceremonies for Children and Families. Since 2010, she has performed over 250 ceremonies, writing each one to meet the needs and wishes of her clients. Kathy has offered weddings, memorials, naming ceremonies, and coming of age ceremonies. While the demand for secular services came as somewhat of a surprise, Kathy is happy to provide custom, meaningful ceremonies throughout southeastern Minnesota, and to often be the first face of Humanism for her clients. Before becoming a full-time celebrant, Kathy was a programmer and project manager at IBM for 28 years.

Joshua Lewis Berg is a certified Humanist Celebrant and Humanist Chaplain as well as a Humanist Society board member. Since 2015, he has written and performed over 30 unique, personalized ceremonies and lectures, including weddings, memorials, invocations and more. Joshua is also a chaplaincy student at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit and working toward his Masters in Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary in order to become a board certified Humanist Chaplain. He has a BA in Japanese language from the University of Michigan, and an MBA, specializing in Media Management, from Metropolitan College of New York. During the day Joshua is the membership and events director at Michigan Israel Business Accelerator in Detroit and the part-time operations manager for the International Institute of Secular Humanistic Judaism in Chicago. As part of his Humanist Society Board duties and using expertise he has acquired over the years, he researched the best options for celebrants to create and manage their own websites. His own web page is