Celebrating Life • Caring for Community • Creating Innovative Ceremonies

The Humanist Society endorses and prepares humanist professionals to lead life celebrations and support people during difficult times. 

Our celebrants, chaplains, lay leaders, and invocators provide millions of people with a meaningful alternative to traditional religious services and ceremonies across the nation.

The Humanist Society assists professionals with training, resources, and connections to a wider humanist support network. Are you looking for an endorsed humanist professional, or interested in becoming one? Explore below to find out more!


Your generous support will help us expand and train our network of humanist professionals to meet the needs of the humanist community.

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The Rise of Humanist Chaplains

Join us as we bring together four groundbreaking humanist chaplains to discuss their experience being some of the first secular chaplains to work in prisons, hospitals, universities, and the military. This first-of-its-kind event will explore how humanists are reshaping our ideas about the chaplain profession and uniquely addressing the needs of people with secular identities. […]

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How Do We Go On?

BY DAVID MERCER • 13 NOVEMBER 2020 – Originally published on TheHumanist.com Editor’s Note: David Mercer, a celebrant endorsed by the American Humanist Association, recently performed a backyard humanist funeral. Because such gatherings are especially difficult during the pandemic, we thought reading the very moving eulogy he wrote might be helpful to our readers. We are printing this with […]

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The Importance of Humanist Ceremonies

Humanists are first and foremost human beings. And like everyone else they might wish to celebrate some of the most important moments of their lives: when a child is born, when children grow from adolescence into adulthood, when they marry the one they love, or when a loved one dies. For millennia there has been no real alternative for humanists, atheists and non-religious people in general: either you celebrated important life events with a religious ceremony or you would not celebrate it at all. In the best case scenario, a humanist couple could get married in a town hall with a secular state registration, which on average is notoriously neutral and anonymous.

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