We are a local group and welcome guests and those interested in finding out more about a rational approach to life.
At our meetings, which are open, we explore and discuss ethical and social issues, such as human relationships, medical ethics (for example in reproduction and euthanasia), environmental issues, ethical investment, fair trade, other belief systems, scientific ethics (eg, genetic modification), issues in mental health, our relationships with other species, law and justice.
Humanists believe we can live meaningful, decent and moral lives without superstitious or religious beliefs, and that there can be no divine revelation. For our understanding of the universe, our search for meaning and our judgments of right and wrong we must rely on our own observation and reasoning. For support, wisdom and guidance we must look to one another.
Humanists believe the soundest moral and ethical judgments are those based on rational humanist principles. For this reason we strive to ensure a non-religious viewpoint is presented wherever moral or ethical matters are taught or discussed.
Membership is open to all who share our objectives. Membership of the BHA is not required. Our annual membership fees (renewable each January) are currently £15 per person with a discount of £2.50 for the unwaged and a further discount of £2.50 if paying by standing order.
Many people these days wish to mark significant events in their lives with a non-religious ceremony. Ceremonies conducted by Humanist celebrants and officiants are planned in close consultation with those involved so that every ceremony exactly reflects the wishes of the people concerned and their families. Each ceremony is specially created for a single occasion and is thus unique.
A Humanist funeral is a celebration of the life and achievements of the person who is being commemorated as well as an opportunity for family, friends and colleagues to share their grief. A Humanist funeral can take place at a crematorium, a cemetery or at a woodland burial ground. The ceremony can include tributes to the person who has died as well as music and readings.
Weddings and Civil Partnerships
A Humanist wedding or civil partnership ceremony can take place wherever you like. The Humanist celebrant will help you plan the event in accordance with your wishes. The vows you make will be chosen by you, as will the readings and the music, so that the ceremony expresses your commitment to each other in a way that is unique to you.
Baby Naming Ceremonies
Humanist celebrants offer non-religious ceremonies to mark the arrival of a new baby or to welcome a child into your family. The ceremony will be planned to reflect your wishes and may take place at your home or elsewhere, as you like. Friends or members of your family may make a commitment to be a ‘supporter’ or ‘mentor’ of the new baby or child.
Finding an Officiant or Celebrant
If you want to know about humanist beliefs, you can read our catechism. There is also plenty of material elsewhere on the web, such as the British Humanist Association (BHA). The BHA is the main UK humanist organization with which many local groups are affiliated, including the Cambridge Humanist Group. The BHA publishes a lively magazine, Humanity, and organizes conferences, meetings, courses and social events.