14 November 2005
The President Lyn Hurst and Vice-President Michael Gerard were re-elected, and most of the existing committee re-appointed, but I decided to retire from it (though I will be carrying on maintaining the website), and Chris Williams, who used to be active with the Leicester Radical Alliance, has agreed to join the committee.
It was agreed after a good presentation by Eleanor Davidson, and a debate to which most members present contributed, that our literature (i.e. the programme of lectures) will add details about secular weddings, affirmations and naming ceremonies as well as funerals. It was made clear that the types of humanist ceremonies we have in mind are in no manner religious, and are tailored to individual requirements. Such ceremonies will not, as yet , take place in the Hall itself.
However, Eleanor wrote to me:
There should be no standard texts for a humanist funeral, wedding, naming. Each ceremony should be scripted individually in accordance with personalities and wishes of those involved.
However, many people have to endure a "humanist" ceremony carried out by a Church of England vicar - these ceremonies allude to God, and follow a standard script. In some towns and cities the majority of so-called "humanist" ceremonies are carried out by these people - which tarnishes and
ridicules true humanist ceremonies.