The UU Humanist of Tampa Bay meetings are suspended at this time.
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is to celebrate and encourage Humanism within Unitarian Universalism and to invite Secular Humanist, rationalist, atheists, agnostics, and all types of free thinkers to join our welcoming and supportive community. We are committed to Humanist principles of reason, compassion, and human fulfillment enumerated in the Humanist Manifestos and in the seven principles of Unitarian Universalist Association.
(Formerly Secularists, Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics, Free Thinkers: SHAAG / SHAAFT)
See our current discussion topic and prior discussion topics here.
When, Where, and Who:
We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the church’s multi-purpose Education Building, Room 4 and the 4th Sunday of the month at 9:45am before the Sunday Service. Anyone who would like to come is invited and welcome. You needn’t be a member of our congregation or affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UUCT) in any way. If you identify as any type of secularist, this is the place for you. We discuss topics of interest to members, these discussions can become detailed and exciting as our participants question everything and engage in a creative dialog about our current discussion topic.
Why would an atheist join a UU “church”? (short answer: Because Humanists are human!)
The American Humanist Association considers UU congregations “A Habitat for Humanism.” “Scientific studies show the many benefits of social connectedness and most people realize that the staying power of religion has a lot to do with the draw of community. (Many speculate that there are a large number of non-believers in religious congregations who are there purely for the community.) I don’t just want a Humanist local group, I want a Humanist congregation that is fully engaged with my local community and concerned about making the world a better place. I want a place where I can find friendship, a village to help raise my kids, support during life’s challenges and all the other benefits that religious folks get (with often a dozen nearby choices) but without having to leave my brain at the door or pretend that I am something I am not.”
We thrive in communities, tribes, groups – but not dogmatic, creedal ones. UU congregations are more of an inclusive community than most single-denomination churches and embrace members holding diverse belief systems, and UU ministers and lay-leaders aren’t dogmatic. The core principle is that we all agree to those behaviors toward each other and the world that constitute our covenant’s principles, not that we swear to a creed.
And those principles of the UU covenant are broadly Humanistic, with the only “thou shalt not” being “thou shalt not ‘other’ anyone.” What does that mean? Consider this poem adapted from Edwin Markham’s poem “Outwitted”:
“They drew a circle and cast me out,
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took them in.”
See one young Humanist’s videos describing her reasons for and experience in her UU congregation on YouTube.You can find links to Tampa Bay area Humanist organizations and events at EvolveTampa.com and the Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason’s Home page and Groups page, with recent articles of interest on its Newsroom page.
The New Humanism organization finds Unitarian Universalism to be a community that welcomes Secular Humanists and Atheists. Consider the nature of “A Church That Would Have You As a Member.” UU World web site columnist Doug Muder, Ph.D., describes Unitarian Universalism’s long relationship with Humanism and, thus, UU’s unique position among Humanists as “a like-minded community—a place to raise a child in humanistic values, look for social-action allies, celebrate a wedding or solemnize a funeral, or perhaps just be reminded once a week that American consumer culture is not the only alternative to God.”
To appeal to your sense of purpose and need for action in secular issues, the American Humanist Association offers an Action Center linking you to resources for receiving issue/action alerts, contacting elected officials, and conducting your own polls, petitions, and letter campaigns. Humanism isn’t just something we feel and talk about. It’s what we do.