I was a producer and director for twenty-five years before I trained as a celebrant in October 2005. Since then I’ve conducted more than 1,000 weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies and find that being a celebrant is the most rewarding thing I have ever done.
Most people first encounter humanism when they attend one of our ceremonies, but it's still not a widely understood word. So, when people ask me 'what do humanists believe?' this is what I say. Humanists believe we should behave towards other people as we'd like them to behave towards us, that we can live good and worthwhile lives guided only by compassion and reason, and that there are more things that unite rather than divide us. Or as we say in Scots, "We're a' Jock Tamson's bairns" - we're all the same under the skin. As well as being a celebrant, I am the Honorary Humanist Chaplain to the University of Edinburgh.
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"Dear Tim, just a wee note to say many thanks for your help in our sad loss and for conducting such a lovely service for John.
I found it cathartic to write about John. It was important for me that John won’t be recalled simply as the frail old man with the walking stick and your sympathetic delivery gave life to my words.
Almost without exception, mourners leaving the chapel commented on your delivery. I was asked where I’d found you, if I had your number & for one neighbour, about to lose his wife and advised to put affairs in motion, your style of service was just what he needed to find."
- Kaye Gilmour