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Building Humanist Community: Hard Lessons from the UUA

Many Unitarian Universalist leaders and quite a few individual congregations have openly moved away from viewing a humanist approach, free from theistic declarations, as the appropriate neutral philosophical place for all UUs to convene. It hasn't gone unnoticed, but the issue rarely gets addressed directly and openly. It's time for that to change.

Former American Humanist Association President Michael Werner has a new book, Regaining Balance: The Evolution of the UUA, the first in a series being released by the publishing arm of the HUUmanists, that exposes what he feels is behind the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)'s growing anti-humanist sentiment in favor of what he calls radical tolerance. "The value of reason in religion has been discarded along with critical thinking, science, and progressive thought," Werner wrote, adding that a "narrow ideology has taken over the UUA."*

Join us for a conversation about what Humanist communities can learn from the UUA.

Sunday, October 20. Free brunch at 12:00, lecture will begin at 1:00. Phillips Brooks House parlor.

FREE PARKING in the Littauer Library Lot near the Science Center will be available during the event: Enter the Science Quadrangle from Oxford St. and follow the road through to its end in the Science Center/Law Library area. Phillips Brooks House is in the very corner of Harvard Yard (which is also accessible by the MBTA).

Cosponsored by the Greater Boston Humanists.

* Excerpt from "Welcoming Unitarian Universalists Home to Humanism" by Roy Speckhardt. The Huffington Post, 07/24/2013

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  • Catherine L.

    Very interesting talk. Thank you for organizing it!

    Food this group also do community/volunteer work? I don't have much experience volunteering, but would like to try. I'm a bit shy

    October 25, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    I'm curious.

    October 19, 2013

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