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 »
Anthony Pinn’s new book, When Colorblindness Isn’t The Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race (order your copy today at Pitchstone Publishing or Amazon), provides an instructive manual for humanists seeking to bridge the gap between humanist theory and praxis when it comes to racial justice. You can read a book review here. Read more about When Colorblindness Isn't The Answer -- A Discussion Guide »
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 »
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) »
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 »
Ah, the UU stereotype. Sometimes there is some reality because our congregations do not see or attract the beautiful diversity of passionate, creative, and energetic Humanists of all ages, gender identities, and colors. They are growing in number but going elsewhere for or going without true community. Read more about Aren’t Humanists all grumpy old white guys who live only in their heads? »
Some (but not all) UU Humanists are uncomfortable with religious language. We ask UUs to be sensitive to the reasons for that and to try to be inclusive, for instance by explicitly stating that we intend liberal definitions of traditional religious terms, and yes, by using different terms (like Sunday Services instead of Worship) when there are good alternatives. Read more about Do you demand that we stop using religious language? »
Yes. If your concept of god(s) is naturalistic, but more importantly, your ethics can be humanistic if you put human* needs and human agency at the center of concern. (*Where human needs include our planet’s and other species’ needs as well.) Read more about Can you be a UU Humanist and a theist? »
Some of us (proudly) are, and some of us don’t take that identity. Our philosophy is naturalistic, which means we concern ourselves with this life and this world. We are, however, committed to fighting the unfair stigmatization of atheists as untrustworthy (in this country) and to fighting the shocking persecution of atheists around the world. Read more about Are UU Humanists atheists? »