What is a humanist?
I am a humanist officiant. So what does that mean exactly?
Roughly speaking, a humanist is someone who:
- trusts to the scientific method when it comes to understanding how the universe works (and is therefore an atheist or agnostic).
- makes their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for all human and sentient beings, including the natural world that supports and sustains us.
- believes that, in the absence of an afterlife, humans can act to give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness and fulfillment in this life and helping others to do the same.
What is a humanist wedding?
A perfect alternative for those who would like a meaningful ceremony that isn’t religious, humanist weddings are becoming increasingly popular across the world. A humanist, non-religious wedding ceremony gives you the opportunity to marry where, when, and how you want. There’s no set script - beyond the required legal language, each wedding is created to meet your collective desires - you can set whatever tone is right for you.
Humanist Officiant Standards of Practice
You are invited to provide me with feedback about my services at any time.
Complaints relating to misconduct, incompetence or incapacity as set out in the Ontario Humanist Society Ethical Principles and Humanist Officiant Profile (available at ontariohumanists.ca) may be directed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at:
Chair of the Ceremonies Committee
Ontario Humanist Society
105 Consumers Drive - Unit 2
Whitby ON L1N 1C4