Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life based on a profound respect for human dignity and the conviction that human beings are ultimately accountable to themselves and to society for their actions. It is a secular worldview that affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical and meaningful lives.
Many people are Humanist without even knowing it. Humanists are motivated by ethics, compassion, and fairness, and guided by reason and scientific inquiry. We are inspired by history, art, music, literature, and the beauty of the natural world. By utilizing free inquiry, the power of science and creative imagination, Humanists have confidence that we have the means to solve the problems that confront us all.
Humanism and Your Journey
The Humanist vision is a fair and equal society guided by critical thinking and compassion. To achieve this, we promote the separation of religion from public policy and foster the development of reason, compassion and critical thinking for all Canadians through secular education and community support.
Chief among our Values is this: To uphold honesty, reason, critical thinking and cooperation, in every facet of human interdependence. The fact that you are considering a Humanist Officiant suggests that you feel this way too.
Humanism and Your Celebration
"People – even the most ardently secular – still want, need , and enjoy structured moments of reflection, recognition and consecration. At such time - births, weddings, funerals and so forth - they want to stop and take in the moment, feel the significance, relish the beauty and poignancy. They want to hear words of inspiration, guidance or comfort." ~ Marc Schaus, Beyond Secular, 2019 Humanist Canada provides secular ceremonies for life events, such as weddings and funerals through certified Humanist Officiants. I, Karis Burkowski, am proud to be a Humanist Officiant.