About John Topping

John Topping

I became interested in humanism through a growing desire to discover a positive, rational philosophy for life.

My interest was first aroused by attending several humanist ceremonies as a guest.  I was struck by the many vivid ways with which they celebrated both the lives of their subjects and the shared human values which had brought together so many people.  Above all, they were personal, authentic and memorable events.

These experiences led me to train as a celebrant with the British Humanist Association, since it is a well established and progressive organisation which supports and represents people who seek to live good and responsible lives without religion or superstitious belief:  ‘wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.  What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?’ (George Eliot: 1819 – 1880)

I hope that my previous career, working extensively in theatre and higher education and directing many drama and music theatre productions, can inform the development and delivery of the ceremonies.

Working as a celebrant is truly inspiring.  Birth, marriage and death are rites of passage which need to be marked in very special and individual ways.  It is a privilege to have become involved with creating unique humanist ceremonies which are genuinely celebratory.