Sidmennt News

News about Sidmennt in English

  • Humanist of the Year Award 2014
    On October 23rd, 2014, Siðmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association held its annual awards ceremony where we honored four deserving human beings. Three human rights lawyers: Sigríður Rut Júlíusdóttir, Katrín Oddsdóttir and Helga Vala Helgadóttir received our Humanist of the Year award for their outstanding work in defending the rights of minorities in Iceland, especially […]
  • 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 […]
  • The Story of Siðmennt and its Impact on Icelandic society
    Siðmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association is a registered life stance organization. The association represents Humanism and Freethought, is independent of religious creeds and is guided by ethics and reason. The  organization offers secular and humanist ceremonies. The group that organized the first civil confirmation in Iceland during the winter of 1988-1989 founded Siðmennt a […]
  • Twenty-five years of civil confirmation in Iceland
    Background I am one of the founders of Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association and its current president. I am not a native Icelander; I’m a Humanist from New York City. I have lived in Iceland for 39 years. I think Icelanders are basically pagan at heart, just as they were 1,100 years ago when […]
  • Greetings from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and the Norwegian Humanist Association (NHA)
    Hope Knútsson, formaður Siðmenntar,  flutti kveðju frá Alþjóðlegum samtökum húmanista (IHEU) og norsku húmanistasamtökunum (NHA) á hátíð Siðmenntar á Grand Hótel 10. maí. Þá hittust félagar og velunnarar Siðmenntar til að fagna því að félagið er nú orðið skráð lífsskoðunarfélag. Greetings to Sidmennt The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is working to establish and […]
  • Sidmennt becomes the first registered secular life stance organization in Iceland!
    On Friday May 3, 2013 the Icelandic Minister of the Interior, Ogmundur Jonasson held a formal reception where he presented Hope Knutsson, president of Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association with a formal statement that Sidmennt has now been registered as the first secular life stance organization in Iceland in accordance with the law about […]
  • Icelandic Parliament passes life stance equality law
    Today, January 30, 2013, the Icelandic Parliament (Althing) passed a law which gives secular life stance organizations the right to apply for equal legal status with religions. The new law amends the current law about registered religious organizations. Thus, for the first time in Icelandic history, the government recognizes and guarantees equality between secular and […]
  • Enormous growth of Sidmennt’s civil confirmation program over the past 5 years
    Civil confirmation began in Iceland in 1989 when 16 teenagers participated in the first program. For the first time in the 23 year history of civil confirmation in Iceland, the number of youths enrolled in the program has exceeded 200. This amounts to an 85% increase in participation in the program over the past 5 […]
  • Seventh Annual Humanist Award Presentation – 2011
    On Thursday November 3, 2011 Siðmennt conferred its annual awards at a reception held at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura. The recipient of this year’s Humanist award was Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson, a living icon and one of Iceland’s most popular and beloved singers. Páll Óskar has for many years promoted human rights for GLBT individuals and […]
  • Siðmennt offer parliament a secular alternative to mass
    This morning, Saturday October 1, 2011 Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association held a secular alternative event for Members of Parliament instead of the Lutheran Mass in the National Cathedral which is held traditionally right before the opening session of Parliament every autumn. This is the fourth time that Sidmennt has offered an inspiring philosophical […]
  • Sixth Annual Humanist Award Presentation - 2010
    On Thursday November 4, 2010 Siðmennt conferred its annual awards at a reception held at Hotel Loftleiðir in Reykjavik. The recipient of this year’s Humanist award was Hörður Torfason a famous Icelandic troubadour and social activist for his efforts and commitment to the cause of human rights in Iceland. Hörður has been a role model […]
  • Siðmennt 20 years old
    Monday February 15th was a memorable day in the history of Humanism in Iceland. On this day in 1990, Siðmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association was founded. The organization was formed after the first civil confirmation took place a year earlier and the main purpose was to continue providing these ceremonies. The association has developed […]
  • Fifth Annual Humanist Award Presentation - 2009
    On October 29th, 2009 Siðmennt – the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association held its annual Humanist awards ceremony in Hotel Loftleiðir in Reykjavik. Siðmennt’s fifth annual Humanist Award was given to the Intercultural Center (Alþjóðahús) which was established in 2001. The main role of this center is to help immigrants adjust to Icelandic society on the […]
  • Icelandic Humanists offer parliament a secular alternative to mass
    On Wednesday May 13, 2009 at a monthly board meeting a brilliant idea occurred to the board members of Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association. We implemented it in less than 36 hours and have been getting praise from around the world! The new session of the Althing, the Icelandic Parliament, is always opened with the […]
  • Siðmennt Annual Awards Presentation
    On October 30, 2008 Siðmennt – the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association held its annual awards ceremony in a historic old restaurant in downtown Reykjavik. Siðmennt’s fourth annual Humanist Award was given to the Icelandic Red Cross for its unique and unselfish Humanitarian work in protecting life and promoting health in Iceland and other parts of […]
  • Siðmennt receives Human Rights Award from the National Queer Organization
    On Friday June 27, 2008, the Icelandic National Queer Organization (Samtökin 78) held its 30th anniversary celebration in the Reykjavik Art Museum. For the second year in a row, Samtökin 78 awarded Human Rights prizes, this time to 2 individuals and one organization which was Siðmennt. The introductory words spoken by the representative of Samtökin […]
  • Siðmennt's Humanist of the Year Award 2007
    On November 1, 2007 Siðmennt presented its Humanist of the Year Award for the third time. The recipient this time was Tatjana Latinovic and Siðmennt recognized her outstanding and unselfish contributions to Icelandic society over the past decade. Tatjana who is from the former Yugoslavia, has worked primarily as a volunteer in a wide variety […]
  • SAMT is awarded the 2007 International Freidenker Award
    Samfélag trúlausra (SAMT), the atheist brunch discussion group within Siðmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association is the proud recipient of the Atheist Alliance International (AAI) 2007 Freidenker Award which will be officially presented at the annual AAI convention titled “Crystal Clear Atheism” to be held on September 28 – 30 in Crystal City, Virginia. SAMT, […]
  • Siðmennt receives half-million krónur grant from Baugur Group
    Siðmennt was awarded a half million kronur grant from the Baugur Group Grant Fund. The grants were formally awarded at a festive celebration on August 21st, 2007. This was the first time that Siðmennt received financial support from a private company. Baugur is one of the largest business firms in Iceland. Forty-five different individuals and […]
  • Siðmennt nominated for Community Service Award by Iceland's Largest Newspaper
    Iceland’s largest newspaper, Fréttablaðið nominated Siðmennt for one of its Community Service Awards, which they presented for the second year in a row at a large award presentation ceremony. The awards are given in several different categories. Siðmennt received a framed certificate of recognition which stated, among other things: “The organization has created and developed […]
  • Siðmennt's Humanist of the Year Award 2006
    On October 5, 2006 Siðmennt presented its Humanist of the Year Award for the second time. The 2006 recipient was Ragnar Aðalsteinsson, a prominent Icelandic Human Rights lawyer for his life-long, passionate commitment to protecting and increasing human rights in Iceland. For more than half a century Ragnar has accepted many controversial cases which have […]
  • Speeches from the international atheist conference 2006
    Here you can find most of the speeches and Power Point presentations from the international conference “A Positive Voice for Atheism in Iceland” which was held in Reykjavik in June 2006. The conference was a huge success and received good coverage by the media. There were 106 participants. Some of the speakers did not have […]
  • Activity Report from Siðmennt,The Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association for IHEU April 2006
    Two main themes characterized the work of Siðmennt over the past year. 1) An incredible amount of activity on a large number of projects. 2) Ever-increasing bonding among the board members – growing teamwork. However it would be much better both for Sidmennt and Icelandic society if Sidmennt had equal legal and economic status to […]
  • Atheist Conference - Second Announcement
    International Atheist Conference in Reykjavik Iceland June 24 & 25, 2006 The Atheist Alliance International and SAMT (the Atheist Society of Iceland) are the official hosts of the first international Freethought, Rationalist, Humanist, Skeptic meeting to be held at the top of the world! Details on accommodation, pre and post tours and general conference booking […]
  • First annual Icelandic Humanist of the Year Award
    On Friday October 21st, 2005 Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association presented Samtökin ’78 – The Association of Lesbians and Gay Men in Iceland with its Humanist of the Year Award for their work in gaining human rights for gays and bisexuals in Iceland. This is the first time Sidmennt has presented such an award […]
Síðast uppfært 26. January 2011

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