The Christian think-tank Ekklesia, which works to promote a just society open to people of all beliefs, says that a joint education reform initiative from the Church of Scotland and the Humanist Society Scotland is a “positive sign” about the future of religion and belief in the world today.
Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh (3-27 August 2012) is an Interfaith and intercultural event; there are Jewish, Islamic, Christian and Daoist events, for example, as well as artists from every contintent but Antarctica, reports Katie MacFadyen. But what is the relationship between 'interfaith' and 'no faith'? Where do Secular Humanists fall in this atmosphere of inclusivity?
A recent press comment from Mennonite World Conference acts as a helpful reminder of an important declaration inviting belief communities - faith-based and otherwise - to commit to peace in the midst of a world still riven with conflict and religiously- or ideologically-sanctioned violence.
The recent growth in humanist marriage ceremonies in Scotland means they have overtaken Episcopal ceremonies for the first time. Since they were first made legal their number rose from 82 in 2005 to 710 in 2007.