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Unitarian Universalist Religious Education
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: The inherent worth and dignity of every person; Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; A free and responsible search for truth and meaning; The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; and Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary
Abstracted from website: Meadville Lombard Theological School primarily offers a Master of Arts and the Doctor of Ministry. It educates students in the Unitarian Universalist tradition to embody liberal religious ministry in Unitarian Universalist congregations and wherever else they are called to serve. We do this to take into the world our Unitarian Universalist vision of justice, equity, and compassion.
Star King School for the Ministry
Abstracted from website: The mission of Starr King School for the Ministry is to educate people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and for progressive religious leadership in society. It offers three Masters programs: Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Social Change, and Master of Divinity. Starr King School’s distinctive educational approach is rooted in the Unitarian Universalist values of countering oppressions, cultivating multi-religious life and learning, and creating just and sustainable communities.
HUUmanists of the Unitarian Universalists
Abstracted from website: The HUUmanists Association was founded by Edwin H. Wilson, Lester Mondale, and others in 1962 as the "Fellowship of Religious Humanists" to advance humanism within the Unitarian-Universalist denomination and to promote religious humanism in general. The HUUmanists Association is no longer affiliated with the UUA, but many of its members are also members of UUA congregations. A major activity of the organization has been to publish a journal, Religious Humanism.
Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought
Abstracted from website: The work of the Institute emphasizes the following: efforts to connect theological and philosophical reflections, especially where these efforts have utilized the American philosophical and religious traditions; the history and development of liberal religious thought in America; themes pertinent to the "Chicago School" of theology; and religious naturalism and religious humanism in American theology and philosophy. Its annual meetings have been in Highlands, N.C., Colorado, and other locations. It publishes the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy.
Society of Humanistic Judaism
Abstracted from website: The Society for Humanistic Judaism was organized in 1969, led by Rabbi Sherwin Wine. The Society’s mission is to mobilize people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life, independent of supernatural authority. As the central body for the Humanistic Jewish Movement in North America, the Society assists in organizing new communities, supporting its member communities, and in providing a voice for Humanistic Jews. The Society gathers and creates educational and programmatic materials, including holiday and life cycle celebrations. It sponsors training programs and conferences for its members. The Society for Humanistic Judaism publishes a quarterly topical journal, Humanistic Judaism.
New York Society for Ethical Culture
Abstracted from website: In 1876, the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC) was founded by Dr. Felix Adler, who was both visionary and revolutionary. Dr. Adler proposed a new movement which would work toward the advancement of social justice for all. He suggested that the movement should further the principles of ethics among adults and children through education, and members of the Society should express their religious consciences through moral and humane actions.
Ethical Society of St. Louis
The Ethical Society of St. Louis is a welcoming home for a group of people from various religious backgrounds in the major faiths, as well as agnostics and atheists, who come together to celebrate our journey through life and affirm our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. The Ethical Society of St. Louis inspires ethical living in a humanist-centered congregation by affirming the worth of every person and advocating the primacy of ethical behavior above any creed.
American Ethical Union
Abstracted from website: The Ethical Society is a fellowship of people who seek clarification of the values of life and a faith to live by. They cherish freedom of the mind and freedom of conscience. Their affirmation is the worth and dignity and possibilities of every person. The common ground is the concern with the relation of human beings to one another. Is the Ethical Society a religious society and is the Ethical Movement a religion? Religion is interpreted as a sense of values to which human beings are committed and in terms of which they find a faith to live by. In terms of this faith they marry and bring their children into the world, raise their families and strive to achieve a better life for themselves, their neighbors and the human community as a whole. For those who hold this point of view Ethical Culture performs the functions and meets the needs of a religious life.
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Abstracted from website: Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECF offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students from PreK to 12 on two campuses – one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan. Since our founding in 1878 we have approached learning through doing, providing broad and deep hands-on experiences in and outside the classroom for students of all walks of life. In accordance with the principles of our founder, Dr. Felix Adler, we are committed to experiential pedagogy (what he called "the creative method") in tandem with ethical education from the earliest years of schooling.
Abstracted from website: This is a network operated by the American Humanist Association which aims to connect Humanist chaplaincies across the United States with each other and those who seek their services. Listed university chaplaincies are chapters of the American Humanist Association and accrue some benefit from our close relationship, but they are also independent in their governance and their funding and need direct support in order to reach their potential.
Humanist Community Project
Abstracted from website: The Humanist Community Project builds upon the foundation of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard. It develops opportunities for connection, ethical development, and the celebration of life based on human reason, compassion, and creativity, not religious dogma. We organize, facilitate, promote, and/or study a wide range of educational programs, social meetings, service projects, human rights work, counseling, ceremonies, and contemplative practices that contribute to the growth of diverse and interconnected groups of Humanists, atheists, agnostics and the nonreligious. We seek to build strategic partnerships with other Humanist and Freethought organizations and with our religious neighbors to advance the greater good of humanity.
The Humanist Society
Abstracted from website: In 1939 a group of Quakers, inspired by the 1933 Humanist Manifesto decided to form a nontheistic society in California as the Humanist Society of Friends – a religious, educational, charitable nonprofit organization authorized to issue charters anywhere in the world and to train and ordain its own ministry, who upon ordination are then accorded the same rights and privileges granted by law to priests, ministers, and rabbis of traditional theistic religions. The Humanist Society of Friends attracted a range of leadership well beyond their Quaker and Humanist roots. Since 1991 the organization has worked as an adjunct to the American Humanist Association to certify qualified members to serve in this special capacity. In 2003 it removed the “of Friends” portion of its name.
American Humanist Association
Abstracted from website: The mission of the American Humanist Association is to be a clear, democratic voice for Humanism in the United States, to increase public awareness and acceptance of humanism, to establish, protect and promote the position of humanists in our society, and to develop and advance humanist thought and action. Our history can be traced back to 1927, when professors and seminarians at the University of Chicago organized the Humanist Fellowship, and began publishing the New Humanist magazine. By 1935 the Humanist Fellowship had become the Humanist Press Association, replacing the New Humanist with the Humanist Bulletin. With the help of Curtis Reese, and along with John H. Dietrich, the Humanist Press Association reorganized itself in 1941, forming the American Humanist Association, and it began printing The Humanist magazine as the successor to the Humanist Bulletin. The AHA’s defining statement is the Humanist
Manifesto III (2003). From Wikipedia: In the late 1960s the AHA secured a religious tax exemption in support of its celebrant program. In 1991 the AHA took control of the Humanist Society, and then converted back to its exclusively educational status.
AHA – Publications:
The Humanist – http://thehumanist.org/
Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism – https://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/EPH
The Humanist Institute
Abstracted from website: The Humanist Institute, founded in 1982, equips humanists to become effective leaders, spokespersons, and advocates in a variety of organizational settings, including within the humanist movement itself. We explore humanist values and train future leaders. The program provides a unique opportunity to bring together a diverse faculty and student body of those who take a nontheistic, naturalistic approach to humanism, whether interpreted in secular or religious terms. The Humanist Institute also now administers the Continuum of Humanist Education.
Institute of Humanist Studies
Abstracted from websites: The Institute for Humanist Studies was founded in 1999 by Larry Jones to provide a range of services to the Humanist community: from web-hosting to the provision of training courses, and financial support for projects around the world. The Institute for Humanist Studies is committed to information and practices meant to address the socio-political, economic and cultural challenges facing communities within the United States and within a global context. At The Institute for Humanist Studies we view humanism as having the moral imperative to extend the circle of justice, caring and concern to all.
IHS – Education
The Institute for Humanist Studies founded the Continuum of Humanist Education in 2004 as the world’s first online humanist educational program. COHE is now administered by the Humanist Institute and also affiliated with the American Humanist Association.
IHS – Publication
IHS partners with the AHA to publish Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism – https://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/EPH
The Continuum of Humanist Education
Abstracted from website: COHE is the Internet’s first website offering interactive courses in humanist thought. COHE is a service of The Humanist Institute, a non-profit U.S. organization with a mission to educate leaders and potential leaders to shape and deliver the message of Humanism. Our vision is to be an outstanding center for Humanist education, drawing students from all branches of Humanism.
Foundation Beyond Belief
Abstracted from website: Foundation Beyond Belief is a charitable foundation created to focus, encourage and demonstrate humanist generosity and compassion. We select and feature five charitable organizations per quarter, one in each of the following cause areas: Education; Poverty and Health; Human Rights; The Natural World; and Challenge the Gap (charities based in other worldviews). For educational events and volunteering opportunities, see FBB’s ‘Beyond Belief Network’ and ‘Volunteers Beyond Belief’.
The Beyond Belief Network is a network of secular humanist groups volunteering in their communities and raising money for FBB’s featured charities and programs. Any group with a public secular humanist or atheist identity is welcome to join, regardless of experience or group size.
Volunteers Beyond Belief is a network of local freethought organizations putting compassionate humanism into action through community volunteering in many U.S. cities. The national organization assists local teams in finding volunteer opportunities and in committing to a regular schedule of volunteer events, making hands-on volunteering a major part of their groups’ activity and identity. Organizations with a compatible humanist mission and identity are encouraged to consider joining the network.
Partners for Secular Activism
Abstracted from website: Partners for Secular Activism is an educational nonprofit organization that provides an internet platform and educational software services for instructors offering online courses. PSA searches for people with practical expertise and leadership abilities who want to talk directly with participants – they offer Very Interactive Enrichment Webinars, or VIEWS. Partners for Secular Activism facilitates education about secular, scientific, and civic issues and activities for the public. By bringing knowledgeable scholars and expert communicators together with audiences wanting more information about issues that matter to their lives, we will elevate the general understanding of reasoning, science, civics, ethics, and topical issues affecting the public. Courses announced by PSA are open to anyone, and they deliver educational value for everyone. PSA focuses its educational mission on the public understanding of core areas of intellectual and logical competence, scientific comprehension, policy choices involving scientific information, civic issues affecting all members of society, philosophical and ethical insights, social and political justice, moral concerns confronting us as inhabitants of the planet, and emerging opportunities from technological advancements.
Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture
Abstracted from website: The Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC) at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, advances understanding the role of secular values and the process of secularization in contemporary society and culture. Nonpartisan and multidisciplinary, the Institute conducts academic research, sponsors curriculum development, and presents public events. ISSSC has a global research agenda and aims to develop strong international links. ISSSC publishes the periodic demographic study, the American Religious Identification Survey. In the teaching sphere innovative courses are being developed on secularism and secularization at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including curricula, bibliographies and syllabi. The Institute serves as a forum for civic education and debate through lectures, seminars and conference. ISSSC participates in the publication of the Secularism and Nonreligion journal.
ISSSC – Education
ISSSC’s website for understanding secularism offers essays, syllabi and course materials, and various kinds of guides to secularism and its terminology.
British Humanist Association
The British Humanist Association was founded in 1896 as the Union of Ethical Societies, and it was renamed the British Humanist Association in 1967.
Abstracted from website: The BHA is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We promote Humanism; provide services, support and representation to the non-religious; and promote a secular state and equal treatment in law and policy of everyone, regardless of religion or belief.
Abstracted from website: In this section you can find pages for teachers,
students and parents to support education about Humanism, whether in school RE, philosophy and ethics, or in informal educational settings. For toolkits, ideas for assemblies, humanist discussions of a range of topics studied in school, with discussion questions, and downloadable resources, see our website www.humanismforschools.org.uk Teachers and governors will also find information about the inclusion of non-religious pupils and their parents in schools and colleges. We also have a variety of publications for sale and materials for teachers and schools in our own online shop.
A Simple Guide to Humanism contains texts and videos explaining aspects of humanism:
International Humanist and Ethical Union
Abstracted from website: Founded in Amsterdam in 1952, International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the sole world umbrella organisation embracing humanist, atheist, rationalist, secularist, skeptic, laique, ethical cultural, freethought and similar organisations world-wide. Our vision is a Humanist world; a world in which human rights are respected and everyone is able to live a life of dignity. The mission of IHEU is to build and represent the global Humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes Humanist values world-wide. IHEU sponsors the triennial World Humanist Congress. Based in London, IHEU is an international NGO with Special Consultative Status with the UN (New York, Geneva, Vienna), General Consultative Status at UNICEF (New York) and the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), and maintains operational relations with UNESCO (Paris). IHEU has observer status at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. IHEU publishes International Humanist News. In 2002, the IHEU General Assembly unanimously adopted the Amsterdam Declaration 2002, the official defining statement of World Humanism.
European Humanist Federation
Abstracted from website: The European Humanist Federation, based in Brussels, unites humanist and secularist organizations across Europe. We promote the principles of humanism and of the secular state, supporting human rights, opposing discrimination against non-believers and fighting for equal treatment. We work in the European Union (where we are officially recognised as a partner for dialogue) and we cooperate with like-minded Members of the European Parliament. We are active at the Council of Europe in activities run by NGOs, in ‘intercultural dialogue’ at ministerial levels and in lobbying the Parliamentary Assembly. We are especially active in the human rights wing of the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe), contributing to its conferences and making the case against religious privilege and in favour of democracy and the rule of law.
The Brights Net
Abstract from website: The Brights’ Net exists to try to influence and educate society through the advocacy of goals and actions by Brights. The organization’s website serves as a hub for the overall enterprise. The site has instituted a forum to facilitate communications among Brights and to bolster their activities. The thrust of the networking of individuals is their pursuit of actions to advance the stated goals of the movement. As time is a valuable commodity, the Brights’ Net encourages participants to use energies productively toward helping to add constituents, build recognition of persons who have a naturalistic worldview, and pursue the raison d’être, which focuses on social and civic aims, not philosophy.
Richard Dawkins Foundation
Abstracted from website: The mission of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science is to support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and suffering.
Council for Secular Humanism
Abstracted from website: Founded by Paul Kurtz in 1980, the Council for Secular Humanism advocates and defends a nonreligious lifestance rooted in science, naturalistic philosophy, and humanist ethics, and to serve and support adherents of that lifestance. The Council is North America’s leading organization for non-religious people. A not-for-profit educational corporation, the Council supports a wide range of activities to meet the needs of people who find meaning and value in life without looking to a religion. Its activities range from magazine publishing and campaigning on ethical issues to holding conferences and supporting a network of autonomous local groups. Secular humanists reject supernatural and authoritarian beliefs. They affirm that we must take responsibility for our own lives and the communities and world in which we live. Secular humanism emphasizes reason and scientific inquiry, individual freedom and responsibility, human values and compassion, and the need for tolerance and cooperation. The Council for Secular Humanism issued its Secular Humanist Declaration in 1980, and also read its shorter Affirmations of Humanism. CSH publishes a magazine, Free Inquiry.
CSH – CFI Education
As part of the Center for Inquiry, and along with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, several types of secular and humanist education are available through seminars and online courses. See http://www.centerforinquiry.net/education/
CFI – Camp Inquiry
CFI – Secular Celebrant Training
CFI – with the University at Buffalo – offers a EdM degree in Science and the Public
Abstracted from website: Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values. Values we teach: integrity, empathy, creativity, critical thinking, and community. Camp Quest envisions a world in which children grow up exploring, thinking for themselves, connecting with their communities, and acting to make the most of life for themselves and others.
The Skeptics Society
Abstracted from website: The Skeptics Society is a scientific and educational organization of leading scientists, scholars, investigative journalists, historians, professors and teachers. Our mission is to investigate and provide a sound scientific viewpoint on claims of the paranormal, pseudoscience, fringe groups, cults and claims between: science, pseudoscience, junk science, voodoo science, pathological science, bad science, non science and plain old nonsense. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Shermer, the Society engages in discussions with leading experts and investigates fringe science and paranormal claims. It is our hope that our efforts go a long way in promoting critical thinking and lifelong inquisitiveness in all individuals. The Skeptics Society publishes the Skeptic magazine.
The Skeptic – Skepticism 101:
Abstracted from website: The Skeptical Studies Curriculum Resource Center is a comprehensive, free repository of resources for teaching students how to think skeptically.
Abstracted from website: Now in its fourth decade, American Atheists is dedicated to working for the civil rights of atheists, promoting separation of state and church, and providing information about atheism. The organization was founded by Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the noted atheist activist, as the result of her successful battle against mandatory school prayer and Bible recitation. Over the last thirty years, American Atheists has: Fought fervently to defend the separation of religion from government; Appeared in all forms of media to defend our positions and criticisms of religion and mythology; Held atheist conventions and gatherings throughout the United States, including "Atheist Pride" marches in state capitals; Demonstrated and picketed throughout the country on behalf of atheist rights and state/church separation; and much more. American Atheists publishes American Atheist magazine.
Secular Coalition for America
Abstracted from website: The Secular Coalition for America is an advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States. We are located in Washington, D.C. for ready access to government, activist partners and the media. Our staff lobbies U.S. Congress on issues of special concern to our constituency. Our member organizations are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans. Their purpose in founding the coalition was to formalize a cooperative structure for visible, unified activism to improve the civic situation of citizens with a naturalistic worldview. A number of additional organizations have endorsed our mission statement.