It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Bill Murry. You may read his obituary here. A few weeks ago, he was the recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award for all that he has done for the UU Humanists and for Unitarian Universalism over the years. He was a personal mentor for so many of us on the UUHA board and much beloved. We will miss you greatly, Bill. Read more about William R. Murry, In Memorium »
News about the organization.
We are very pleased to congratulate the Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray who was elected president of the Unitarian Universalist Association at General Assembly in New Orleans, LA. We look forward to your presidency and to working together to bring Unitarian Universalism to ever increasing heights of inclusion and impact. Read more about Congratulations to Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, 9th President of the UUA »
Dear Unitarian Universalist Humanists:
Your UU Humanist Association has been working to promote humanist values in the UUA. Working with UUA President Peter Morales and UUA Chief Operating Officer Harlan Limpert, we have been pressuring the Boy Scouts of America to exhibit progressive values. In an abrupt change in direction, the BSA now accepts all those who identify as boys. Unfortunately, the BSA has not budged on their discriminatory policy toward non-theists. We will continuing working to change this policy. We have over 1600 signatures on our BSA petition! Read more about A Message from the President »
Oooh, fights. We either run from them, run toward them, or pretend they’re not there (haven’t we all just smiled while passing the sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving?). And many of we Unitarian Universalists have been thinking a lot about fights, since hearing the Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd’s sermon on “Fake Fights” at this year’s General Assembly.
As blogger (and fellow UU Humanist Association Board member) Adam Gonnerman noted in his great post about the sermon, some humanists have been nervous that Rev. Ladd was pointing to the ongoing humanist-theist conversation within Unitarian Universalism as one of those fake fights. Those folks are likely remembering Ladd’s mention of how we are “still fighting about who’s a humanist and who’s a theist--as though those two terms are mutually exclusive in the first place.” Read more about Fake Fights »
Last summer, there was terrible violence in South Carolina. 9 individuals, 9 black Americans, were shot dead by a deranged terrorist in their church. There was outcry. Preachers and leaders promised change - or, at least, held up the communities of concern that formed out of pain.
Now, a year later, across the country there are communities of concern that have gathered in response to pain. This time, 49 individuals, LGBT Americans, many Latino, were shot dead by a deranged terrorist in an LGBT Club. 49 murdered, 53 wounded.
Just a few days ago, here in Oakland, a young girl was shot dead after leaving a funeral.
What do we do in response to these murders? What does our movement, religious and secular, do in response?
Some people, when pain happens, need to be alone, or with one person.
When I heard the news, I craved community. I wanted to be around others, I wanted to see and contribute and be with other people trying to do something- even if initially it was only a witness. Read more about Not Just Mourners »
The UU Humanist Association is proud to announce
Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd
as the recipients of our
Religious Humanists of the Year Award, 2016
Please join us
Friday, June 24, 6:00 pm
at the Columbus, OH, Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly
Hilton Columbus Downtown, Edna Boise Hopkins Room
Following the award ceremony will be their talk on Read more about Announcing Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd, Religious Humanists of the Year, 2016 »
The Unitarian Universalist Association recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) a move toward reconciliation after years of separation. This MOU was pursued at the direction of the 1999 General Assembly, which passed an Action of Immediate Witness calling upon the UUA to, as President Peter Morales writes, “seek reinstatement of the curriculum and emblem and to encourage UUs to join scouting to work for change within that organization.” The MOU also came after the BSA had taken significant steps toward inclusion of gay scouts and leaders. Read more about UU Humanists Engage UUA on New Boy Scouts Memorandum of Understanding »
The UUA presidential race is just getting underway. UU Humanists would, of course, like the next UUA president to understand and support humanism in the association, help us attract humanists to Unitarian Universalism, and to increase the influence of our progressive philosophy in the culture at large. Our friends at the Humanist Group of the Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ have suggested that we solicit questions from our members and local groups in order to “crowdsource” the task of coming up with the best questions to pose to the candidates. This would be a great topic for a humanist group meeting at your congregation or on-line if you do not have a local group.
Read more about Questions for the UUA Presidential Candidates »
The UU Humanists will be tabling at the upcoming American Humanist Association conference in Chicago, IL. We're also pleased to announce that our Unitarian Universalist Association president, Peter Morales, will be hosting a breakfast at the event on Sunday, 8am. When you register for the conference, you can select the breakfast with your registration, or use the "Already registered?" link, then the Modify button to add the event. (The breakfast will only cost you $20, with over 2/3 of the cost being covered by the UUA.) Read more about Join Us for Breakfast with Peter Morales at the AHA Conference »
Washington Ethical Society's Attendance Increases By Fifty Percent in a Year
The Washington Ethical Society’s second Sunday service, first offered last week, was a dramatic success, shown by the nearly fifty percent increase in attendance in comparison to the same Sunday a year before, Senior Leader the Rev. Amanda Poppei announced today. “Our growth and appeal demonstrated the need for a second Sunday service, and we’re excited about that,” said Poppei; “We were thrilled to welcome about 230 people on Sunday, divided between the two services – and that was a Sunday during Spring Break for many in our community. Last year, that same Sunday had about 170 people in attendance. When we did a major building renovation nine years ago, our theme was opening our doors to the world. Well, we opened them, people came, and they weren’t disappointed!” Read more about Washington Ethical Society's Inaugural Second Service a Big Success! »