Posted on April 30, 2016 by Maria Greene
We are very pleased with the interest in and engagement with the new Freethinker Friendly program. The purpose of the program is to increase the inclusiveness of UU congregations so that all theological perspectives, including non-theistic ones, are seen as valued and respected. In response to the feedback we've been getting, we've modified the first requirement about Welcome Statements somewhat and we've added two pages with more detail:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Why did you call it Freethinker Friendly? Isn't that insulting to theists and other religious believers?
- Is this an effort to make the Humanist perspective predominate in more congregations?
- Crafting a Freethinker Friendly Welcome Statement
We are working on another page about inclusive language. Please let us know what else you need in order to make the program more effective and easier to implement.
About Maria Greene
Maria Greene is the UU Humanist Association's former part-time Executive Director. (Maria has stepped down at the end of 2017 to attend to some extended family health issues.) Maria is also a professional web developer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their three busy kids and assorted pets. Maria's home congregation is the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, she helps coordinate the Concord Area Humanists, a UUHA local group and chapter of the American Humanist Association that meets in Concord, MA, she is a volunteer with the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts, and with the Boston Coalition of Reason.