March 2014

Journal Article: Brave, Clean, and Reverent?

By Dave Hunter, originally published in the journal "religious humanism", Vol. 44, No. 1. 

 

In which Pooh and Piglet explore the 100-acre wood and the meaning of reverence. (apologies to A.A. Milne)

Pooh and Piglet are out for a walk.

Pooh: Christopher Robin wants me to join the Cub Scouts.

Piglet: What’s that?

Pooh: It’s sort of a club for young bears; they do things together.

Piglet: Sounds like fun.

Pooh: But you have to learn stuff.

Piglet: Like what?

Pooh: Like what is reverence.

They continue walking, quietly, then Pooh says:

Pooh: Piglet, we’re in the 100-acre wood.

Piglet: Why, so we are. Look at those trees.

Pooh: They’re so tall, I can’t see the tops of them.

Piglet: How do they make you feel?

Pooh: I don’t know. They’ve always been here. They’ll always be here. They’re awesome. I’m humbled. I’m speechless.

Piglet: Did you know that the trees provide homes for birds and bumble bees and badgers?

Pooh: What good trees. I just want to say thank you.

Piglet: How would you feel if someone wanted to cut them all down? Read more about Journal Article: Brave, Clean, and Reverent? »

New Lower-Cost Membership Level Available

If you support Humanism in the Unitarian Universalist Association, please join the UU Humanists. If you would like to receive the electronic edition of the journal, the cost is now only $35 per year. You can receive the print journal for $60 per year. Your paid membership or donation will help us continue to expand our projects and reach and is greatly appreciated! Read more about New Lower-Cost Membership Level Available »

Brilliant Videos About Humanism from the British Humanist Association

The British Humanist Association has put together four fantastic "sketch-art" videos in a series called That's Humanism!, narrated by the great Stephen Fry, which clearly and elloquently answer four important questions from the Humanist perspective.

How can I be happy?

How do we know what is true?

"Why I Am a UU Humanist", by Richard M. Renfro

Editor's note: this is another essay in the "Why I Am a UU Humanist" series. What is your story? Contact us and let us share it. (Please note that the essay content deadline is May 26, 2014.)

The question is: "Why are you a Unitarian Universalist Humanist?"

The answer is: not so easy.

I don't know why I am a Humanist. I just am. Rather late in life I learned that "Humanism" defines my personal outlook. (I think "worldview" is just a bit pretentious.) Read more about "Why I Am a UU Humanist", by Richard M. Renfro »

Community and UU and Humanism and HUUmanism

Editor's note: this is another essay in the "Why I Am a UU Humanist" series. What is your story? Contact us and let us share it.

As a new member to HUUmanism (Pronounced "HU-U-manism"), I received a welcome packet including two issues of their journal “Religious Humanism”.  In the Fall 2012 issue, the Editor’s Preface says “Increasingly, we face a choice, framed elsewhere by Mike Werner, [an author of one of the articles] between secular Humanist groups who do a better job of embodying a rational approach to life, and UU congregations who do a better job of providing full-fledged community.”  And several of the articles emphasized the role that “community” plays in UU congregations and also Humanist groups. Read more about Community and UU and Humanism and HUUmanism »