Humanist Celebrant Network
The civil Marriage Celebrant Program was established
by Attorney-General, The Hon. Mr Justice Lionel Murphy (dec) to bring dignity to secular people
through ceremonies of substance, meaning and elegance.
Murphy, who was the first Humanist of the Year (1983),
observed that in regard to ceremonies, people had been brainwashed into
presuming that non-church people were not entitled to an appropriate
dignity. Secular people were humiliated by the then Registry Offices,
who delivered a short and legalistic ceremony, which most experienced as
It is important that secular values be preserved by
all celebrants who now enjoy the Murphy heritage.
The Humanist Celebrant Network is a freewill
association of like minded Celebrants. It is open to any celebrant, who
is in general agreement, with the following statement:
"Humanists try to lead ethical and responsible lives without reliance on
belief in supernatural influences. They believe it is possible to build
a more humane democratic society using human capabilities, tempered by
critical reason and a spirit of free enquiry. This open-ended, uncertain
yet optimistic approach to living is called Humanism."
The network is committed to strong advocacy to
government about the needs of celebrants and the ceremonial needs of the
We particularly ask younger celebrants to consider
joining as humanist and secular values have been greatly undermined but
the Attorney-General’s department. We need the support to speak truth to
If you subscribe to the principles of humanism and
secularism expressed above and would like to join the network there are
two ways you can join.
Please go to our email forum and join :
Click on “ JOIN THIS GROUP “.
(Please note: As a required formality our application will have to be
approved and you will need access to email and the web in order to
participate in the network. All network communication is through an
electronic discussion group.")
Contact me at the email address below with
your contact details - name and email address especially but also a postal
address and phone numbers would be helpful.
We operate as a network and do not have any formal structure - we are
not an incorporated association in our own right (although the Humanist
Society is) - we do have an informal “caretaker” committee. So there are
I do invite you to give us your support, help, and
friendship in a common cause.