Hnn | HNN Articles

Changes to The Humanist Society: Becoming a Humanist Celebrant is Now Easier Than Ever

 

More and more people are becoming interested in humanism, humanist life celebrations and humanist communities. The generations after the Baby Boomers are growing increasingly non-religious, and 20% of the U.S. population declare themselves as “none” when asked to describe their religious affiliation. To meet the growing need for humanist life celebrations, The Humanist Society—an affiliate of the American Humanist Association certifying Humanist Celebrants performing weddings, funerals, and other major life events—has made some recent changes and taken some exciting steps forward to grow the number of humanist weddings in the United States.

One of the major changes within the Humanist Society is the new Humanist Celebrant application process. In an effort to expand the number of Humanist Celebrants, the Humanist Celebrant application process has been streamlined, standardized, and published online. Those interested in becoming a Celebrant no longer have to print out the application and mail it in. Now, you can type directly onto the application and send it via email. The application process has never been easier!

The Humanist Society now offers seven, rather than just one, different Humanist Celebrant endorsement options. The new endorsement levels create the opportunity for more individuals to become leaders and advocates for humanism. Individuals who are interested in a one-time Celebrant experience can apply to become an Associate Humanist Celebrant. This endorsement is valid for ninety days and is an introductory Celebrant credential that confers the rights equivalent to ordained clergy, including wedding solemnization. For those individuals who do not desire clergy-equivalent recognition or do not qualify for Celebrant status, the title of Lay Leader is available. This status is also available for military personnel desiring to organize humanist meetings within chaplain services in accordance with various military regulations. There are also new roles for Celebrants willing to step into advanced leadership positions within the secular movement.

In an effort to better support and train Humanist Celebrants, a new Humanist Celebrant Handbook was recently created. This Humanist Celebrant Handbook (PDF) will fill in the gaps for both new and seasoned Celebrants and provide new ideas and perspectives. The Handbook will be an ever evolving resource for Celebrants and will include Sample Readings and Poetry, Celebrant Codes of Ethics and Conduct, Celebrations and Ceremonies and Celebrant Marketing Information.

As humanist communities grow across the country, leadership at The Humanist Society will work to supply well-trained Humanist Celebrants. Therefore, The Humanist Society is partnering with The Humanist Institute to provide Celebrant training and education. The Humanist Society is in the process of developing online Celebrant training modules, which will be released in phases; “Weddings” will be the first training module. This collaboration not only provides more educational opportunities to Humanist Celebrants but also unites organizations that are fully invested in the humanist movement.

There has never been a better and more exciting time to become endorsed as a Humanist Celebrant! To learn more, visit www.humanist-society.org.  


Rachael Berman, Grassroots and Celebrant Program CoordinatorRachael Berman is the grassroots coordinator for the American Humanist Association and program coordinator for the Humanist Society.

blog comments powered by Disqus

American Humanist Association

We're happy to welcome a new chapter, Montgomery Humanists, to the American Huma...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week on the Humanist Hour Podcast, Bo Bennett and Kim Ellington speak with...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

As we have seen by the recent murders of three nonreligious bloggers—Ananta Bijo...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Jennifer Bardi, editor-in-chief of the Humanist magazine, recaps the AHA's 74th...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Prospective Student Webinar this Thursday! Considering the next class of The Hum...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Help the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers represent humanists at this year's...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Humanist Pioneer Awardee Isaiah Smith, stands up for separation of church and st...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

A South Carolina court has ruled that prayer in public school graduations doesn'...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Right-wing media loves terrorism stories, so how did they all manage to miss thi...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Omaha Metro Area Humanist Association, a chapter of AHA, is participating in Oma...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week on the Humanist, Becky Garrison sits down with Quiet Company's Taylor...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Don't miss the Humanist "Ask Me Anything" session with Kristin Wintermute, Execu...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

We love to see our fellow free-thinkers doing what they can to help out humanity...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

With the number of Christians declining and the unaffiliated rising in the US, w...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Ethical Dilemma: How much would you change for your significant other's beliefs?

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Friday Everyone!

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

We're happy to welcome a new chapter, Palm Beach Humanists, to the American Huma...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Bob Diven, AHA celebrant in New Mexico, recently participated in a debate about...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Washington DC does something right, and we aren't talking about the feds!

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

On May 13, the AHA joined other members of the National Coalition for Public Edu...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

Ethical Dilemma: What to do about a rude house guest. Tell us your experience w...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

Don't miss the Humanist Institute's upcoming "Ask Me Anything" session with Kris...

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

On this week's episode of the Humanist Hour Podcast, Bo Bennett interviews singe...

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

A very happy 127th birthday to Inge Lehmann, the Danish seismologist and geophys...

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

Do community events like "Draw Mohammad" contests promote freedom of speech or j...

12 days ago