The year 2013 was an exciting, historic, and positive one for Sidmennt
The year 2013 was an exciting, historic, and positive one for Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association. Last May Sidmennt became a registered life stance organization with the same legal and funding status as religious organizations in Iceland. At that time we had around 300 members but by the end of the year our membership had more than doubled; had grown to 773 in just 8 months! Just to put this into perspective: the total population of Iceland is only 325,000. Along with the impressive growth in our membership there has been a major increase in the popularity of our secular ceremonies conducted by our 20 Humanist celebrants. The number of wedding ceremonies tripled after they became legal and funerals and baby-namings increased as well. Icelandic civil confirmations are now in their 26th year and the number of participants has increased by 45% just since last year. We have 304 teenagers in our ethical education program compared to 209 last year. That’s 7.3% of kids of confirmation age. We are very pleased. This is a good time for Humanism in Iceland.