Posted on December 30, 2022 by Roger Brewin
We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest edition of the UUHA's official publication, the Journal of Religious Humanism. Paid UUHA members should receive a digital copy of the journal via email today.
Our latest issue of the journal is "How We Live Out Our Humanism, Part II"
“I was in philosophy class … when the professor asked how many of us believed we could have a moral world without Christianity. I alone raised my hand,” writes Beth Lefever, “and then said that I didn’t believe Jesus would be a Christian were he here today. I was not very popular in my (conservative) northern Indiana university,” she adds, beginning a heart-felt account of her journey to UU Humanism and to parish ministry.
“The number one question for me, as a Secular Humanist, has been what should my role be in an organization that, while seeking to help the Mosou (one of the last remaining matriarchal societies, in a remote region of China) will inevitably change them, also.” -- John Lombard explains how the humanist value of choice allows him to grant agency without telling the Mosou what to do or how to do it.
“Being a Humanist minister in the south is a juggling game,” says Lynne Garner, who has pastored UU congregations in Georgia and Florida, while serving as an officer of local NAACP chapters. Using the examples of organizational requests to offer prayer, and invitations from colleagues to engage in theological debate, she shows how to keep all those balls in the air.
In the three articles described above, and five others, our contributors articulate their personal and/or group-oriented non-theism. This issue combines with Volume 49 #2 of the journal (released in May 2022) to offer a total of sixteen diverse and thoughtful responses to the question of “How We Live Out Our Humanism.”
Looking for more to read? Or maybe you can't become a member right now? Check out our journal archives, where we have nearly two decades' worth of essays and musings from some of the smartest voices in UU Humanism. (You need to log in to view.)
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Roger Brewin, UUHA Journal of Religious Humanism Editor
About Roger Brewin
Roger Brewin became a UU minister in 1977 and is currently retired from active ministry, after serving nine UU congregations. He is Minister Emeritus of First Unitarian Church of Hobart, IN. Roger is a long-time board member of HUUmanists and is editor of our journal, "Religious Humanism". He also performs one-man shows as a historical impersonator of Darwin, Dickens and Clarence Darrow.