The Many Faiths within Unitarian Universalism
The latest addition to the Skinner House Books (SHB) series exploring the many faith traditions that also find a home in Unitarian Universalism (UU) has just been published. "Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism" explores Religious Humanism - which is founded upon the belief that human beings are of great worth and dignity (echoing the Unitarian Universalist 1st Principle), and in the importance of coming together in community to share feelings and emotions (much like the Unitarian Universalist 3rd Principle). These similarities are no surprise, as Religious Humanism has deep roots in Unitarian Universalism, and became a significant part of the Unitarian faith in the 1920's.
Whether you are a seeker, have found your faith, or want to know more about Religious Humanism, this collection of 23 essays brings to life the rich tradition of Humanist faith, and an appreciation for its place in the panoply of Unitarian Universalism. As William Murry writes in the introduction to this collection, "Religious Humanisn has changed in several of its details since 1933, but not in its basic ideas. Today it can speak of naturalistic spirituality; it addresses environmental pollution and the danger of climate change, issues not on the minds of people at earlier times. And it has embraced feminist issues such as reproductive rights and women's equality, as well as gender-neutral language, and rights – including marriage – for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people."
The "...Voices in Unitarian Universalism" series from SHB, available at the Unitarian Universalist Association bookstore, InSpirit UU Book and Gift Shop, explores faith traditions through the lens of Unitarian Universalism. The series adds context, richness to knowing and living Unitarian Universalist faith and invites people of faith to enter into congregation and community, bringing whichever faith to which they feel most called.