In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone. — Humanist Manifesto III
UU Humanists believe that religion is too important to be based on unprovable beliefs such as a belief in God. They wish to base the meaning of their lives on something that they can be sure of, that is here with us, that gives us meaning and purpose. — Rev. Christine Robinson
Humanism refers to the affirmation of the worth and dignity of every person, a commitment to human betterment, and the necessity for human beings to take responsibility for themselves and the world. — Rev. William R. Murry
I believe in God, but I spell it nature. — Frank Lloyd Wright
IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we explored Humanism, a philosophy—and for some, a religion—that says humankind has the ability and the sole responsibility to strive to fulfill our highest ideals. We identified Humanistic tenets and explored their presence in Unitarian Universalism, our wider culture, and our own lives. We saw how religious Humanism can be expressed, by learning about a UU congregation that identifies as Humanist. We learned how deeply Humanism grounds a Unitarian Universalist faith, even for those of us who do believe in a divine energy or higher power that transcends the human heart, spirit, and mind.
What basic tenets of Humanism seem like common sense to you? What humanist beliefs were you taught as a child? Do you remember particular incidents when growing up where your family, faith community or school reinforced humanist tenets? Which did you encounter only later in life?
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Last updated on Monday, September 16, 2013.
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