Regaining Balance: The Evolution of the UUA

The HUUmanists Association is proud to announce the availability of the latest book from the Religious Humanism Press, Regaining Balance: The Evolution of the UUA, by Michael Werner. Mike is an ardent Humanist and Unitarian Universalist having been past President of the American Humanist Association, Vice President of the Fellowship of Religious Humanists, President of the Humanist Foundation, President of the Unitarian Church of Charlotte, a founder of SMART recovery, and an adjunct faculty member of the Humanist Institute. He supports a balanced Humanism of heart and mind, reason and compassion and a Unitarian Universalism that helps us discover how to be more fully human.

Here is what some people are saying about the book:

“In this book Mike Werner analyzes what is wrong with the UUA and suggests how we can correct our problems and become once again a vital and growing religious movement.  It should be read by every UU who cares about the future of our Association.”  
-- William R. Murry, Former President and Dean, Meadville Lombard Theological School

"Werner here chronicles the ways that the Boston UUA establishment has been transforming non-creedalism into anythingism, with no significant results in expanded membership. He urges restoring the Enlightenment humanism that had once been emerging."  -- Robert B. Tapp previously taught at Meadville Lombard theological school. He chaired the 1963 Commission on Theology and the Frontiers of  Learning, and the 1967 Committee on Goals of the UUA. He is Dean and Faculty Chair emeritus of The Humanist Institute.

This monograph is the first in a series entitled Voices of Diversity to be published by Religious Humanism Press.  The Unitarian Universalist Fourth Principle calls for a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.  In the deep conviction that robust dialogue is a sine qua non of an enduring community, this series will provide a forum for Unitarian Universalist authors to express their thoughts, feelings, and positions on important and often controversial topics related to the opportunities and challenges facing the Humanist movement within Unitarian Universalism.  The authors will be given editorial latitude to “tell it as they see it.”  Their opinions and conclusions may or may not reflect the views of members of either the HUUmanists Association or the Editorial Review Board of Religious Humanism Press.  This series is intended to provoke dialogue.  Accordingly, the Review Board encourages responses from readers and will give such responses wide circulation. Please submit your comments using the form below this blog post or send longer reviews/essays to us using the contact form.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and reactions.

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David Schafer is a retired medical physiologist with a second career as a Unitarian Universalist Humanist leader. David is President Emeritus of HUUmanists and is chair of the Review Board of our Religious Humanist Press. He lives with June, his wife of 60+ years, in Hamden CT, a suburb of New Haven. He has hobbies and other interests too numerous to mention. He still enjoys teaching.


I have been a UU member for more than fifty years. During that time I have seen UUism gradually change from what was mainly humanist, agnostic, and atheist to an all-encompassing church. I feel that the church I joined years ago has now left me. This article hits the nail on the head.