Meadville Lombard Theological School in cooperation with HUUmanists Association has announced the establishment of a Humanist Archive to be housed in the Wiggin Library at the school. The details of the announcement may be found on the Meadville Lombard website.
The originating scholars and theologians of American Humanism, primarily early and mid 20th century Unitarians, generated an astonishing body of work. These seminal books, sermons, speeches and other writings are important foundational documents of Unitarian Universalism. Not only must they not be allowed to drift into obscurity, they need to be reintroduced to the public discourse. They have much to say to present generations of theologians, scholars, and other seekers, who have grown skeptical of traditional religious practices and beliefs.
Half of the signers of the original Humanist Manifesto were Unitarian ministers who promulgated "a religion without gods." We Humanists, secular or religious, must address the contemporary longing for understanding, compassion and love within a beloved community - felt even by those who are not affiliated with any religious tradition (the so-called "Nones").
Our Humanist forebears sought to move our faith beyond mere theism or atheism to a worldview that celebrates not only the importance of rational inquiry but also the shared wonder of lived experience. They were eloquent in their descriptions of how we might try to do it. We UUs need their witness now more than ever.