Posted on January 5, 2016 by Maria Greene
Let people outside your congregation know that UU communities are welcoming to atheists, agnostics, humanists, and other non-theists, and that you value diversity and questioning. A large part of the growing percentage of Americans who have left supernatural beliefs behind still value community and are not anti-religious -- they still seek supportive, loving relationships and a place to belong where they can give back through service.
The Freethinker Friendly program was designed to help congregations communicate that welcome. Many diverse congregations have been working on the requirements since the program was announced last June at General Assembly. Now these congregations may submit their application to be officially recognized as Freethinker Friendly Congregations. We have also set up a Minister-to-Minister advisory service to help answer the questions about how the benefits and goals of the program. See the Freethinker Friendly page for links for both of these.
About Maria Greene
Maria Greene is the UU Humanist Association's former part-time Executive Director. (Maria has stepped down at the end of 2017 to attend to some extended family health issues.) Maria is also a professional web developer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their three busy kids and assorted pets. Maria's home congregation is the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, she helps coordinate the Concord Area Humanists, a UUHA local group and chapter of the American Humanist Association that meets in Concord, MA, she is a volunteer with the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts, and with the Boston Coalition of Reason.