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 »
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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 »
Question 1. How do you think UU congregations can reach those who identify as “nones,” including nones who wouldn’t identify themselves as spiritual? One idea the UU Humanist Association has launched is a “Freethinker Friendly” designation, specifying that individual UU congregations welcome those who identify themselves outside of traditional religions. How would you imagine that working? What other ideas do you have that tie UUism’s humanist roots with the growing number of people who identify as secular in America? Read more about Alison Miller’s Responses to Questions from the UU Humanist Association »
I write this four days after the March for Science, and three days after Yameen Rasheed, a human rights focused secular blogger in the Maldives, was murdered.
What to make of all this.
I happily participated in the March for Science with my local Sunday Assembly community, and was heartened to see several, well worn, yellow "Standing on the Side of Love" t-shirts throughout the crowd. The East Bay Atheists, the Kol Hadash Humanistic Jewish Community, the Center for Inquiry, and the Bay Area Humanists were also proud and present, as was a big contingent from San Francisco's Grace Cathedral - with big "Grace for All" signs.
While "listening" to speakers before the March (Can you ever really hear them?), one of our Sunday Assembly members recounted a story from the novel Catch 22- a bit macabre - involving the mix up of a catheter and an IV. "It's crazy!" he recounted, "and when I see what's going on, I just want to shout "This is crazy!" Read more about Keep the Resilience »