AHA News |  

Non-Religious Wedding Officiant Training Now Available Online From the Humanist Institute

Billboard advertisement looks to add more humanist celebrants as ranks continue to grow

For Immediate Release

Contact: Maggie Ardiente, mardiente@americanhumanist.org, 202-238-9088 x116
Kristin Wintermute, Humanist Institute Executive Director, kwintermute@mninter.net, 763-545-8941

(Washington, DC, November 12, 2013) — With an increasing demand for non-religious wedding officiants in the U.S., formal online wedding ceremony training is now available through The Humanist Institute’s Continuum for Humanist Education. The course is available to current humanist celebrants as well as those who are considering becoming one.

The Humanist Institute will fill the growing need for training that has resulted from a steady increase in certified humanist celebrants through the Humanist Society, a group affiliated with the American Humanist Association that has certified celebrants for over 70 years. More courses for additional humanist celebrant services are planned for the future.

humanistweddings.org

In conjunction with the launch of these online training courses, the American Humanist Association is sponsoring a new billboard in Moscow, Idaho, to familiarize the public with the opportunity of becoming a non-religious celebrant through the Humanist Society, which added a streamlined online application system earlier this year. The billboard’s message includes a wedding ceremony image and reads “Join Your Friends In Holy Matrimony,” with the word holy struck out and the web address humanistweddings.org.

“Everyone at The Humanist Institute is excited about offering this new course not only to current humanist celebrants, but to anyone who wants to learn about how to conduct a successful wedding ceremony,” said Humanist Institute Executive Director Kristin Wintermute. “This addition to the other courses offered by the Continuum of Humanist Education is the next step in our ongoing efforts to bring humanist education opportunities to the public.”

The multi-part non-religious wedding course covers areas that include the theoretical understanding of weddings, the role of the celebrant, wedding preparation, what goes into creating vows, different elements of a wedding ceremony, and more.

Details about all the courses offered by The Continuum for Humanist Education can be found at cohe.humanistinstitute.org. More information about the Humanist Institute can be found at humanistinstitute.org and the Humanist Society at humanist-society.org.

# # #

The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington D.C., its work is extended through more than 175 local chapters and affiliates across the United States.

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.

American Humanist Association

What does it mean to be a "cultural Christian" and what is the point? Thoughts?

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

This weekend is the fight everyone has been waiting for; Mayweather v Pacquiao....

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week on the Humanist Hour Podcast, Bo Bennett talks to Drs Joe Gerstein and...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

This marriage equality timeline shows just how far the United States has come si...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

The American Humanist Association is looking for a field intern for the 2015 sum...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

According to Sincere T. Kirabo, social justice activist, skeptic, blogger at Pat...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

For the first time ever, a National Day of Reason resolution has been introduced...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Star Talk Radio Show has been successful for years, and ha...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

AHA Legal Director David Niose was on Newsmax yesterday to comment on yesterday'...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

The latest from AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt: "By removing funding for...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

We are counting down the final days to AHA's 74th Annual Conference! Are you rea...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

We stand with Baltimore. We stand with Freddie Gray. We stand for peace and just...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the marriage equality case O...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the marriage equality ca...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Humanist Disaster Recovery, a joint project between the AHA and Foundation Beyon...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Thank you Justin Vollmar for translating the Humanist Manifesto III into America...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

It's difficult enough when your family is religious while you are not. What do y...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

On May 7th at the BAM Harvey Theater in New York, BBC World Service’s Razia Iqba...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Friday Everyone!

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

Yesterday was Openly Secular Day. Coming from Texas, AHA's Matt Bulger shares hi...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

How are politicians catering to Christianity?

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

For those who were wondering how they could read about SMART Recovery in the Hum...

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

Join us in Denver, CO for the 74th Annual Conference of the AHA, May 7th to the...

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

Today is Openly Secular Day! Show others in your community that they know a huma...

12 days ago

American Humanist Association

Victory! A public school in Colorado will no longer be allowed to partner with O...

13 days ago