Today I have been contacted by my cousin in New Zealand asking if I would consider going to New Zealand next November to carry out a Civil Partnership for her and her partner Angie.
After careful consideration of 0.0001 of a second the words YES came flying out of my mouth! I will also make a bit of a holiday of it after the ceremony and it will be great to catch up with Emma in real life.. we haven’t seen each other for around 35 years!
I can’t remember when I have been this excited!!
In many ways the two are similar, both can conduct ceremonies that are non religious.
As a Civil Celebrant we can have our own belief. Personally I have no religious belief, but believe in the right of people to have their own faith and religion and I can encompass a mixture of beliefs and religions into every ceremony if this is what my clients wish, or hold a completely non religious ceremony.
The ceremony is based purely on individual client choices and can be customised around a special place or tradition.
Humanism is an approach to life based on humanity and reason – humanists recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone. Decisions are based on the available evidence and our assessment of the outcomes of our actions, not on any dogma or sacred text.
Humanism encompasses atheism and agnosticism ‑ but is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than these negative responses to religion.