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Seeding Humanist Groups

From Pat Everett, admin of the "Seeding" Humanist Groups email list:

The "Seeding" Humanist Groups email list was launched at the 2011 UUA GA, and now has 70 members.  The aim is to share ideas and enthusiasm for seeding new Humanist groups across the country, generally out of existing UU congregations, perhaps also in other ways. Join at http://groups.google.com/group/seeding-humanist-groups.

The Concord Area Humanists (CAH), formed four years ago in Concord, Mass, is now successful enough to propose as a possible model, but not as a limitation.  Those in CAH will also be looking for new ideas to improve its performance and help it grow further.  Read more about Seeding Humanist Groups »

Help Us Tell MA Gov. Deval Patrick & Melissa Rogers: Healing Must Be For Everyone

Please read, sign and share this petition, hosted at Groundswell:

Help Us Tell MA Gov. Deval Patrick & Melissa Rogers: Healing Must Be For Everyone

The Boston Marathon bombing was an event that effected all Americans, so there was no justification for excluding the representatives of the Harvard Humanists and the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts who asked to be included. Given that one fifth of the population is non-religious and that President Obama was there representing our secular government, there should have been a place made for the Humanist and atheist community.

I have signed the petition on behalf of the HUUmanists and encourage all of you to add your support. Read more about Help Us Tell MA Gov. Deval Patrick & Melissa Rogers: Healing Must Be For Everyone »

Congratulations, Stefan Jonasson

The HUUmanists Association is happy to congratulate one of our board members, Stefan Jonasson, for being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by his home country of Canada.


Deanne Crothers, MLA for St. James, with Stefan Jonasson after the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal presentation ceremony

We enjoyed Stefan's Facebook announcement when he was told he was to receive the award: Read more about Congratulations, Stefan Jonasson »

Ribbons Not Walls

Ribbons Not Walls is the title of two related Social Justice projects that will be featured at the HUUmanists General Assembly booth in Louisville this coming June.  You are invited to participate in either or both.  Read more about Ribbons Not Walls »

Meadville Lombard Announces Humanist Archive

Chicago, IL, February 18, 2013 – Meadville Lombard Theological School announced today the formation of a dedicated Humanist Archive. Meadville Lombard is calling on Unitarian Universalists and Humanists to donate sermons, monographs, essays, photographs, correspondence, pamphlets, audio, video, and books to the collection. The details of the announcement may be found on the Meadville Lombard website.

Latest Journal of Religious Humanism

Attendees at the UU Minister's Association biennial institute in January each received a copy of the latest issue - titled "Humanism and Ministry." Many UU clergy, especially those whose training and experience come in part from other religious traditions, have little knowlege of humanism as practiced in the congregations of the UUA, and little in the way of a track record ministering to humanists.  With roughly half of the 160,000 adult UUs identifying with or sympathizing with humanism, it's important to offer them exposure to the wide range of values, inclinations and needs of such a significant portion of their congregants. Read more about Latest Journal of Religious Humanism »

President's Corner

The HUUmanists Association experienced a very productive and rewarding Justice GA last June, featuring a keynote address by Bill Murry on “Economic Justice: A Moral Imperative for UU Humanists” and a hugely successful “Book SmUUggling” project in the exhibition hall. See Roger Brewin’s GA Booth summary later in this Newsletter.

Summary of our annual membership meeting, held on June, 22, 2012

Our treasurer, Greg Seaman, reviewed our successful program to bring our revenue and expenditures into balance through cost reductions and increased paid membership. Our budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year projects a surplus of $2,000. Read more about President's Corner »

Phoenix underground library opening

On the last day of the 2012 General Assembly meeting all of the banned books smUUggled into Phoenix were donated to Librotraficante, to be used to launch Librotraficante’s fifth underground library, located at the office of the community organization Puente in Phoenix.   And cash donated to the HUUmanists for Librotraficante was given to the project to buy more books.

    

Packing up books at the exhibition hall

A grand opening of the underground library at Puente was held on Sunday evening.  The books were made available for lending.  Thirty-six were borrowed in the first hour.  John Hooper and Roger Brewin represented HUUmanists at the celebration, which included readings from the banned books by young people, skits, music, food, and poetry.  Roger addressed the attendees and voiced the continued support of the underground library movement by HUUmanists Asscociation. Read more about Phoenix underground library opening »

smUUggler's project at GA

Arizona has banned books used in teaching in Arizona public schools that advocate the overthrow of the government, which has been applied to ethnic studies in a devastating way.  Arizona House Bill 2281 was created to prohibit teaching courses in Mexican American Studies, although it can be applied to any ethnic group.  The Tucson school system closed the entire K through 12 Mexican American Studies program in order to comply with this bill, and removed some 83 books from the curriculum.

Many of the books banned were on the reading lists of teachers in the Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, and include such radical books as Thoreau’s Walden, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and books by celebrated authors such as Isabel Allende and Howard Zinn. Read more about smUUggler's project at GA »

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