Who are humanists?
Throughout recorded history there have been non-religious people who have believed that this life is the only life we have, that the universe is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. They have trusted to the scientific method, evidence, and reason to discover truths about the universe and have placed human welfare and happiness at the centre of their ethical decision making.
Today, people who share these beliefs and values are called humanists and this combination of attitudes is called Humanism.
Many millions of people in Britain share this way of living and of looking at the world, but many of them have not heard the word ‘humanist’ and don’t realise that it describes what they believe. Far from being somehow deficient in their values, they have an outlook on life which is coherent and widely-shared, which has inspired some of the world’s greatest artists, writers, scientists, philosophers and social reformers, and which has a millenia-long tradition in both the western and eastern worlds.
About Defence Humanists
With over 400 members and supporters the Defence Humanists (formerly the UK Armed Forces Humanist Association) is a growing network of non-religious service personnel, MOD civil servants, veterans and their families within Humanists UK who seek to represent the interests of all those who subscribe to humanist ideals.
Defence Humanists is a section of Humanists UK.
Patrons of Defence Humanists
Professor Anthony Grayling
Writer, philosopher, distinguished supporter of Humanism, and Vice-President of the British Humanist Association.
British television presenter and historian, and distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association and patron of Defence Humanists.
Honorary President: Dr Roger Hutton
Chair: Emily McCullouch
General Secretary: Steve O’Kane
British Humanist Association Representative: Trisha Rogers
British Humanist Association Representative: Lisa Rønsholt Bounds
Royal Navy Representative: John Craig
Royal Navy Representative: Charlie Jones
Royal Navy Representative: Russ Holt
Army Representative: Rob Thompson
Army Representative: Ben Collier
Royal Air Force Representative: Ruth Staton
Royal Air Force Representative: Robin Crosse
Reservists Representative: Catherine Woods
Civil Service Representative: Aaron Fuller
Civil Service Representative: Dr Sara Melly
Civil Service Representative: John Dalgleish
Veterans Representative: Paul Williams
Member Representative: Bill Green
Service Families Representative: Allan Ridler
Service Families Representative: Jackie Walker
Media & Communications: Al Lindsell
Webmaster: Craig Jordan
Pastoral Support subcommittee: Dr Roger Hutton, Dr Sara Melly, Ruth Staton, Athol Finlayson, Charlie Jones, Robin Crosse
Please use the Contact page if you wish to get in touch with any of the Committee members.