Humanist Unitarian Universalists

UUs of all ages stand behind a banner with a picture of the earth, reading "We are all connected."

Unitarian Universalists ready to march at the 2014 People's Climate March in New York City.

Many Humanists find a home in Unitarian Universalism. Some identify as Atheist or Agnostic, rejecting supernatural frameworks for creating meaning or morality. Some put their faith in the force of love or the spirit of life. Some find the sacred existing in the material world, with reverence for the intricate web of interdependence and interrelationship that defines life on Earth. All share a commitment to learn and grow in a spiritually-diverse community. Members of our Unitarian Universalist (UU) Humanist Association wrote:

We are “religious” in that we share with most Unitarian Universalists the natural human desires for a beloved and accepting community; a purpose greater than ourselves; rituals and practices that resonate with our common humanity and shared mortality; and opportunities to work with other tough-minded, warm-hearted people to do good in the world and to help one another attain the greatest possible fulfillment in life.

Since the early 20th century, Humanism has been an influential part of our continually evolving religious tradition. Unitarians and Universalists have always trusted in reason and affirmed the findings of science. We take the intellect seriously. We know, deeply, that each person is on a search for truth and meaning in life. Two of the six primary sources of inspiration and wisdom in Unitarian Universalism are:

  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love; and
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.

As a non-dogmatic faith, Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. We celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on these journeys.

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Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism

By Kendyl L. R. Gibbons, William R. Murry

From Skinner House Books

Unitarian Universalist Humanists present their faith perspectives in 23 engaging and thought-provoking essays. They explore Humanist history, beliefs, approach to life, social justice, community, and religious education.

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A glass mosaic window from the UU congregation in Muncie, Indiana depicting the Humanist symbol.

Read about the heart of humanism in the essay Faith of a Unitarian Universalist Humanist (PDF, 3 pages) by Sarah Oelberg. (Order pamphlet)

Reason and Reverence

This new vision of religious humanism invokes compassion, spirituality and a language of reverence while grounded in reason, community, social responsibility, science and ethics.

Reason and Reverence

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A crowd including many Unitarian Universalists crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March 2015.

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