Early twentieth century Unitarians were central to the modern humanist movement. But who would know that today, a century later? How and why have UUs diverged from their humanist past? Does the swelling secular movement of new atheists and humanists in the 21st century have a place in Unitarian Universalism? Just what does it mean to be a humanist today and where can humanists find a welcoming and vibrant community?
Audrey Kingstrom, a fifteen year member of the First Unitarian Society of Mpls. and more recently a Board member and organizer for the Humanists of Minnesota, will offer her perspectives on these questions at this casual Sunday morning summer assembly at Minnesota Valley UU Fellowship. Audrey has a Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary (NYC) which she attended 30 years ago. With the intention of becoming a Lutheran minister, she enrolled in seminary only to become an atheist through the process. She left “the church” and religion behind to become an educator—and eventually made her way to contemporary humanism where she has been an active organizer in recent years.