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About Us

Making the World a Better Place For All of Us

Our Story

The Malta Humanist Association was set up in a meeting attended by founding members Ramon Casha, James Debono, Philip Manduca, Raphael Vassallo and Godfrey Vella on the 7th of April 2010. An ad hoc organising committee was appointed to hold office until the first General Meeting that was held a few months later. The MHA offers two types of memberships: Associate Membership and Full Membership. Our facebook group, open only to associate and full members of the association, brings together a community of Humanists that share our aims. Since its formation, the MHA has been very successful in championing Secularism and Reason-based morality in Malta, including being a strong voice during the Divorce referendum campaign, championing LGBT+ rights, Supporting and contributing to the National Curriculum with regards to the teaching of Ethics in schools, training Humanist Celebrants and providing Humanist Ceremony services, supporting Marriage equality amongst many other contributions. When the MHA lost one of its most valid and strongest voices, Ramon Casha, we set up a scholarship fund in his name that would go towards a worthy secular cause in discussion with his next of kin. There is still a lot of work to do and we are hoping that with our colleagues in the Humanists International and the European Humanist Federation we can keep working towards a Malta that is based more on the foundations of Justice, Compassion, Reason, Diversity, Secular values and a respect for the meaning of the one life we have in the one world we live in.

What We Do

Chaplaincy

We offer support in times of suffering of any nature, may it be health reasons or otherwise, our doors are always open.

Humanist Ceremonies

We are proud to say that we offer humanist ceremonies, ranging from baby naming, to weddings, and funerals.

Public Events

Have a look at our past and upcoming events and education-discussion panels, or browse through our history.

ISSUES

View where we had an impact, or voiced our opinions. Read into what we stand for in detail.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Humanist support and services such as those offered by a psychologist or counsellor?

As Humanist carers, our services are distinguished from those of given in psychotherapy or counselling as we are not there to treat clients. Rather, our purpose is to give advice and reassurance on an existential level, helping with questions relating to beliefs and ethics and to a person’s worldview or lifestance.

Is the support and care you provide “professional”?

Our volunteers are trained in listening to those who request the service. However, they are not trained in psychotherapy or counselling so they will not attempt to provide any form of therapy.

How can I use this service in practice?

We have been in touch with Mater Dei Hospital and they promised to forward any request they receive for Humanist support. However, this has to come through a specific request and so far we are not allowed to do ward rounds as Humanist chaplains. Furthermore, should you wish to setup an appointment with a Humanist chaplain please contact us through the details below.

Can I volunteer to provide the service myself?

If you are interested in volunteering yourself, please do get in touch with us through the contact form below.

What ceremonies does MHA offer?
We offer:
– Baby namings
– Weddings/Renewal of vows
– Funerals/Memorials
– Custom ceremonies
More information at: https://www.maltahumanist.org/celebrants/
Can I find support from MHA?
We offer:
– General spiritual support
– Support for those leaving religion
– Supporting those whose loved ones are leaving religion
More information at: https://www.maltahumanist.org/chaplaincy/

Our Team

Christian Colombo

Christian Colombo

Chairperson

Vanessa Farrugia

Vanessa Farrugia

Treasurer

James Buhagiar

James Buhagiar

Vice chairperson and Secretary

Jacqueline Chircop

Jacqueline Chircop

Vice Secretary

Gale Debono

Gale Debono

Celebrations Coordinator

Clyde Piccinino

Clyde Piccinino

Vice treasurer

Kristian Zarb Adami

Kristian Zarb Adami

Committee member

Promote Humanism In Malta

Express The Humanist Position on Issues

Forum to exchange ethical ideas

Propose Legislation

Develop The Moral Basis Of Secular Society

Engage With Other Humanist Organizations

Develop Ethical Educational Programs

Collaborate with other VOs with similar objectives

Improve the conditions of humanity

Organize talks and other events

Engage In Activities that support the Principles of Humanist

Our Mission & Approach

Humanism is a democratic, secular and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.The aims of the Association shall be:

1 – To promote Humanism in Malta by encouraging a greater knowledge of Humanism among its members and the wider community;

2 – To elaborate, and express publicly, humanist positions on issues of concern;

3 – To provide a forum for the intelligent exchange of ideas for those seeking fulfillment in an ethical secular life;

4 – To propose such legislation as is likely to facilitate the achievement of its aims;

5 – To help develop, through open discussion, the moral basis of a secular society and encourage ethical practices within our own membership and the wider community;

6 – To engage with national and international humanist organisations, thereby providing its members with information and access to a wider world of humanist interest and cooperation.

7- To help develop educational programs and Internet content focusing on secular ethics, science, history and critical thinking for members, their children, and the public at large as alternatives to supernatural interpretations of the human condition;

8 – To collaborate with other voluntary organisations in Malta, in Europe and elsewhere which have an interest in developing and achieving similar objectives;

9 – To take action within Malta, and within the world at large, to improve the conditions of humanity and denounce bigotry, intolerance, and the persecution of ideas

10 – To organise talks and other events for humanists and the wider community;

11 – To engage in any other activities which are consistent with the principles of Humanism;

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2015

  • Campaigns 82% 82%
  • Research & Development 10% 10%
  • Management 6% 6%
  • Organization Growth 2% 2%

2016

  • Campaigns 74% 74%
  • Research & Development 12% 12%
  • Management 10% 10%
  • Organization Growth 4% 4%

2017

  • Campaigns 84% 84%
  • Research & Development 14% 14%
  • Management 6% 6%
  • Organization Growth 2% 2%

2018

  • Campaigns 80% 80%
  • Research & Development 15% 15%
  • Management 5% 5%
  • Organization Growth 0% 0%

Learn about Humanism

IntroducTORY TEXT 

A good starting point provided by the British Humanist Association

Introducing Humanism 

Non-religious approaches to life with Sandi Toksvig

Humanist Lives

Explore what it means to live as a humanist with Alice Roberts

A variety of courses 

Provided by the American Humanist Centre for Education

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