Humani (organisation)

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Humanist Association
of Northern Ireland
Humani logo.jpg
TypeNonprofit organisation
PurposePromotion of secular humanism
Region served
Northern Ireland

Humani, or the Humanist Association of Northern Ireland, is a humanist organisation based in Northern Ireland. Its directors are Jenifer Sturgeon, Michael Steven and Stephen Caves. It was founded in 1964, and originally called the Belfast Humanist Group,[1] then the Ulster Humanist Association until 2004/2005[2][3] before adopting its present name.

From December 2007, they published the bi-monthly Humanism Ireland magazine, edited by Brian McClinton, in association with the Humanist Association of Ireland. Now the magazine is edited and created solely by Humai. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Ulster Humanist Association published its own magazine, The Humanist, later called The Ulster Humanist, edited by Sean Kearney.[3] Humani seeks to promote secular humanism in Northern Ireland and to represent the interests of those who adopt this enlightened philosophy.

Humani provides non-religious, customised and deeply meaningful ceremonies conducted by trained celebrants including baby-naming, marriage (though not the legal registration) and funerals. Such humanist ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular in Northern Ireland.[4]

Humani organises an annual Darwin Day Lecture and dinner in February and an all-Ireland Summer School at Carlingford in conjunction with the Humanist Association of Ireland, usually towards the end of August.


  1. ^ a b "The Development of Humanism". Humani website. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  2. ^ Ann James and Brian McClinton (29 June 2005). "Humanism evolves on both sides of Irish border". Humanist Network News. American Humanist Association. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Sean Kearney (1932-2004): A Varied Life" (PDF). The Ulster Humanist. Ulster Humanist Association (87): 20. June 2004. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  4. ^ Paresh Dave (22 May 2013). "Humanist Funerals Thrive In Post-Catholic Ireland". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

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