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UPCOMING EVENT - Panel: "Does Humanism Have a Future in Unitarian Universalism?"

The UU Humanist Association is participating in an exciting discussion, hosted by the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, to discuss the place of Humanism in Unitarian Universalism. The event will be led by Rev. David Breeden of First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, and the discussion will be Shared with UUHA President Leika Lewis-Cornwell.

 

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EVENT: Join the UUHA on Zoom to Celebrate Darwin Day!

In honor of Darwin Day on Friday, The UU Humanist Association is excited to offer a free Zoom presentation and celebrate the birthday, the work, and the legacy of Charles Darwin.

  • Date: Friday, February 12
  • Time: 8:00pm Eastern (7:00pm Central | 6:00pm Mountain | 5:00pm Pacific)
  • Where: Zoom (Login instructions are listed below)

We will start with a 23-minute pre-recorded presentation, generously provided by Rev. David Breeden of First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis (if you're running late, you can watch the presentation anytime right here).

Following the presentation will be an open-ended discussion about Darwin and his significance to UU Humanism. The discussion will be led by UUHA Vice President James Witker, and all meeting attendees will be welcome to participate. Read more about EVENT: Join the UUHA on Zoom to Celebrate Darwin Day! »

Fight Theocracy: Share the Plate

Across the world, there are individuals who are in prison for so-called blasphemy, who face murder for their skepticism, and who have been threatened with assassination for questioning religious and political leaders.

In 2014, a popular blogger in the Maldives, Yameen Rasheed wrote, "For all my tax money that goes to pay their salaries, the only service I can get in return from Maldives Police is baton charges, random threats, harassment, and rude anonymous comments on my blog – and being prevented from voting in elections."

Yameen was murdered this past April.

Humanists in wealthy, democratic countries have an opportunity to do something to help our peers around the world who are facing death threats for open expression and liberal values. Read more about Fight Theocracy: Share the Plate »

2017 Annual Meeting: Celebrating Bill Murry and Tony Pinn (with Video)

The UU Humanist Association's 2017 Annual Meeting was held on Friday, June 23 at UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana. About eighty people made the trek from the Convention Center to the Hilton Riverside hotel, primarily drawn by the desire to congratulate and hear from our two awardees, the Rev. Dr. William R. Murry and Dr. Anthony B. Pinn. Read more about 2017 Annual Meeting: Celebrating Bill Murry and Tony Pinn (with Video) »

Keep the Resilience

I write this four days after the March for Science, and three days after Yameen Rasheed, a human rights focused secular blogger in the Maldives, was murdered.

What to make of all this.

I happily participated in the March for Science with my local Sunday Assembly community, and was heartened to see several, well worn, yellow "Standing on the Side of Love" t-shirts throughout the crowd. The East Bay Atheists, the Kol Hadash Humanistic Jewish Community, the Center for Inquiry, and the Bay Area Humanists were also proud and present, as was a big contingent from San Francisco's Grace Cathedral - with big "Grace for All" signs.

While "listening" to speakers before the March (Can you ever really hear them?), one of our Sunday Assembly members recounted a story from the novel Catch 22- a bit macabre - involving the mix up of a catheter and an IV. "It's crazy!" he recounted, "and when I see what's going on, I just want to shout "This is crazy!" Read more about Keep the Resilience »

The Unitarian Universalist Association Becomes a March for Science Partner

The UU Humanist Association is very proud that the Unitarian Universalist Association has signed on as a March for Science partner, and is also mobilizing UUs to participate in the People's Climate March which will be held a week later, on April 29. The March for Science is a international movement, planning the main march in Washington DC, for Earth Day, April 22, 2017, as well as over 300 satellite marches around the world. As the March for Science website states,

The March for Science demonstrates our passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.

It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

One of the six sources for Unitarian Universalism is, "Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science," and the UUA has never wavered in its support. Read more about The Unitarian Universalist Association Becomes a March for Science Partner »

Dedication of “Ribbons Not Walls” display at Brevard UU Church, April 2, 2017

“Ribbons” consists of twenty four fabric art panels from over 40 artists around the country. Some are based on themes or cover art from books by Hispanic authors; others directly represent aspects of the immigrant experience.  “Ribbons” was displayed at the UUA General Assemblies in Louisville, KY (2013), Providence, RI (2014), Portland, OR (2015) and Columbus, OH (2016).  In between, panels have traveled to over 60 venues (UU congregations, Humanist meetings, art galleries, etc), and have been viewed by over 14,000 people.  More than 200 individuals (mostly UUs and humanists) have been involved in the  fabrication, curation, display and financial sponsorship of the exhibit.

Following four years on the road, and the wear and tear of being repeatedly set up and taken down, “Ribbons” is transitioning to permanent sites around the country.  These four panels are now on display at the Brevard UU Church, 2185 Meadowlane Ave, West Melbourne, FL  32904: 

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Video now on-line, "The Future of Humanism: New Voices for the 21st Century"

The Future of Humanism conference was held on October 15, 2016 at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, MN, as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of calling John Dietrich, the "Father of Religious Humanism" as minister there. You can read all about the anniversary and the conference in the UU World article, Humanism at 100. Read more about Video now on-line, "The Future of Humanism: New Voices for the 21st Century" »

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