We ‘lost’ our ‘settled’ minister of 9 years in 2012. Then we had an ‘interim‘ minister of 2 years to carry us through a ministerial search. Then our Search Committee collapsed. Currently we have a 4-year ‘developmental’ minister contracted from junes 2014 to 2018. It’s now august 2017 – 10 months to go til the end of the contract. An inconvenient truth: developmentally, we ain’t goin’ no-where. Presuming that we want another ‘settled’ minister to come here & live for a while with us, we need our Board members to start the new-minister search process now & to appoint a Search Committee.
this Chattanooga Humanist Assembly’s discussion topic: Is there a difference between Humanist & Christian Moral Imperatives ? 3224 Navajo Drive · Chattanooga · sunday 9 july 2017 4pm
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visual memes along the clergy/laity divide …
this (clerical collar) says
I’m more more better religious than you.
this (clerical stole) says
I’m more better religious than you.
says I’m more better religious than you.
‘Rev. Dr.’ says
I’m waaay more better religious than you.
START SEEING CLASS IN RELIGION
How curious that a google search for ‘uu+humanist+congregation‘ turns up 0 hits in the top 10 (although it does show the Chattanooga Humanist Assembly [yay!] that meets at the local UU Church, and a paid ad for the Minneapolis Unitarian Society, humanist since 1916). Even making it a more generic search – ‘unitarian+universalist+humanist‘ – turns up … nothing.
Where have all the UU humanists gone?!
In 2014 the American Humanist Association printed an article by the UU Humanist Association in Connecticut that called UU congregations a ‘Habitat for Humanism‘. If that were actually true, i’d expect to see at least some UU congregations show up in a search for UU humanism. But … nothing.
Luckily the UUHA is on it – they have a UU Humanists Local Groups List, and soon? a list of UU congregations that have actually taken a Freethinker-Friendly pledge. (‘Freethinker’ here = atheists, agnostics, humanists, non-theists.)
I look forward to some discussion about organizing to resist and complement the UUA’s & UUMA’s control of UU religious thought by pushing their gene®i© ‘worship’, ‘faith’, ‘spirit’ and ‘Reverend’ christomystic language in all of their media and to all UU congregations.
Who among UU humanists use and enjoy the UUA’s now pervasive ‘worship’ language?
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST WORSHIP SERVICES
What are Unitarian Universalist Worship Services Like?
We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Our worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection.
Some congregations have special worship services for children or for youth. Some have seasonal evening worship services led by Jewish, Christian, or Pagan members of the congregation. Nearly all of our congregations have a Sunday morning worship.
Adam Gonnerman, “organizer with Sunday Assembly NYC, member of the American Humanist Association & The Clergy Project, and parishioner at The Unitarian Church in Summit”, asks “Is the UUA Ashamed of Its Humanist Clergy and Members?” (28 mar 2016). His concerns for shame are misplaced. Corporate franchised religion of the Christian magisterial tradition (essentially all the large Christian denominations that exercise centralized authority) is wholly invested in the christomystic clergy/laity class system. As franchiser, the UUA cannot afford to be ashamed of any of its clergy. – Is the UUA ashamed of humanism and humanists? It seems a growing tend, especially when the new UUA tripartite Sins – individualism, exceptionalism and anti-authoritarianism – are so well championed by humanists. But my interest here is not the UUA but UU humanists, and in reversing the question so that it matters more to us humanists as humanists, and less as UUAers: Should UU Humanists be Ashamed of Its Clergy? My answer is Yes.
That any humanist group would have ‘clergy’ in this century (21) means that we ‘enlightened’ (descendants of century 18 Englightenment) humanists still haven’t fully realized all the principles of european Enlightenment and anti-class democratic Revolutions yet here on Turtle Island. Where has all the Cult of Reason gone?! Why are we humanists still calling speakers and administrators ‘clergy’ and ‘Reverend’ like the christian sects that we supposedly reasoned ourselves out of? Or have we not reasoned ourselves out of distinguishing between religious upper and lower classes and mystic titles of religious authoritarianism?
Why are we still using judeo-christian mystical language to describe what every other non-profit tax-exempt mutual-benefit organization would call ‘executive director’ or ‘speaker’? Because it’s UUA Christian tradition to do so? Because John Dietrich established the christian-humanist cross-over tradition? When we re-examine humanism and UUism in relation to WASP privilege, these become insufficient reasons for UUs and humanists alike to maintain the UUA’s christomystic façade of class-based leadership.
The shame i also feel when i hear mention of ‘humanist clergy and members’ is in the continued vitality of the dualistic classism and the inherent privilege of clergy over members used by a fellow humanist. As a matter of USA privileged historic record, we UUs are much more comfortable talking about Class in terms of schools, races, genders, and the current default, economic. We ignore the Radical Reformation’s call for religious classlessism two centuries before Luther alluded to the priesthood of all believers in 1520. We ignore the religious classlessism practiced internally by Catholic religious orders – especially women, and the elimination of religious class among Friends, and wholesale religious class elevation – for men – among the Mormons, and the organic meritocracies among rural Anabaptists.
I am ashamed, as a humanist and as a UU, that both UUism and humanism have not outgrown and dismantled the religious dualistic class system that we inherited from our previous christian denominations. Mostly i am ashamed that both our current and past three centuries of thinking ourselves ‘exceptional’ within Amerikan Christendom has kept us so fat and happy with our clergy and laity classes that UUs today still can’t see them as classes.
There are many good UUA humanist & nonhumanist ministers/leaders. This is not a criticism of individuals but of the larger denomination, the particular institution, its religious history on Turtle Island, and its privileged WASP religious classism that it has not yet recognized even exists. Four years should be time enough for UU ‘clergy’ and UU ‘laity’ to become informed and form an opinion on this issue. By 2020 UUA and humanist ‘clergy’ and ‘laity’ alike should be held morally accountable for any continued practice of religious classism.
The people showing the most emotion about the killings here in Chattanooga have shown little to no emotion about other marines & sailors killed elsewhere in or out of the line of duty. So they must be upset that the killing of US military personnel was done locally.
The people showing the most emotion about the killings here in Chattanooga have shown little to no emotion about other civilians killed here in Chattanooga. So they must be upset that the killings were of US military personnel.
If people were really concerned about the killing of US military personnel, or local killings, we’d be having a lot more constant and bigger demonstrations of concern. So i find it really disingenuous (insincere, dishonest, untruthful, false, deceitful, duplicitous, hypocritical) for Chattanoogans to come out on this one occasion to rally around the killings of military personnel by an interested/involved party.
No, i won’t call Abdulazeez’s killings an act of terrorism: it wasn’t an indiscriminate killing directed at a civilian population. No, i won’t belittle his motivations by calling him mentally insane or reduce his political reasoning by calling him depressed: who living in the MidEast, esp. Palestinians, is happy with the USA’s giant military fist there?
If anything, we should be asking how to stop this spill-over of Palestinian & muslim problems here into the USA. And that brings up the whole question of the USA’s outsider role in the Middle East – which is the real discussion we should be having after the killing of four American soldiers and a sailor here on American soil by a Palestinian.
Nobody’s death should be in vain, and from this location, Chattanooga, Tennessee — a USA concentration camp & starting point of the USA’s racial cleansing, the Cherokee Removal, from their own land, we should pay special attention to the losers in the larger fight for self-determination, political freedom, democracy, and the rights of the militarily-oppressed.
– a U.S. Navy veteran of the Persian Gulf ’77-79 living in Chattanooga
Some agnostics & atheists like to believe that logic places agnosticism & atheism outside of the whole religion/faith/worldview game. I like logic, but it has its limits, esp. when trying to answer the question of which is better: The Wizard of Oz, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, or Finite and Infinite Games.
I disagree. agnosticism -is- a political position, which is the whole reason why Tom Huxley created the fence-sitting neologism in 1876. and contrary to popular atheist belief, atheism is a belief system, like nudism (aclothing) is a fashion statement/clothing option; like blind (avisual) & color-blind (acolor) are sight conditions; like non-GMO (agmo) & gluten-free (agluten) are food choices.
Atheism & agnosticism, like every other belief system, have their orthodox ideologues and word nazis. I pray that humanism is above such narrow, constricted thinking.
It is reactionary to use today the historic title of religious class privilege ‘Reverend’, and doubly so for humanists to validate not only the inherent classism in the title but also the higher metaphysical valuation of a fellow human being.
Class & privilege, esp. within UUAism, are relatively new issues for UUs, and come after Sinkford‘s, Muir‘s & even Nieuwejaar‘s comments on our UU lexicon. classism isn’t a principle i would expect to receive any critical self-reflection in Annapolis given its fundamental social basis in class.
Just saying ‘Reverend’ doesn’t have any place in humanism. UU or otherwise.
posted on facebook’s UU Humanists Public Group • 6-7 july 2015
pic of many US Naval Academy Humanist ‘plebes’
UU Humanists Public Group
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facts in evidence of socio-economic classism in UUAism
- comparison of individual members salaries: 0
- description of preferential treatment: 0
- salaries above local median income: √
- description of different UU classes: 0
- studies of class in UUAism: 0
facts in evidence of UU clergy/laity classism
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