Posted on March 15, 2020 by Amanda Poppei
President of the UUHA...believe it or not, that title opens a lot of doors! I wanted to share a little bit of what it means to serve as President of our organization, and especially to share some of the conversations I get to be part of in this role.
Although we are relatively small, the UUHA is *the* UU group dedicated to humanism, which means we are often invited to represent UU humanism in different settings. The Secular Coalition for America includes the UUHA as one of their member organizations, and I try to make as many member meetings and lobby events as possible (and if YOU want to be involved, please let me know!).
I also serve on the Steering Committee of the Humanist Special Collection at Meadville Lombard--not precisely because I am UUHA President, but I think the role didn't hurt! The Humanist Special Collection "houses archival materials that document the growth and impact of humanism within both Unitarian Universalism and the larger world," and the Steering Committee helps to set direction for the Collection and to work for funding so that the Collection can grow and continue to serve the movement.
I co-founded the Humanist Collaboratory before coming into the role of UUHA President, but you can bet that any future president will be invited to that gathering, which brings together leaders from UUism, Ethical Culture, humanistic Judaism, and secular humanism.
And in early February I'll be traveling down to Florida, speaking at the Suncoast Humanists' annual Darwin Day event--an invite I'm sure I wouldn't have received without this title!
We may be small, but we are mighty. And it's not just me as President...every member of the UUHA has a role in representing our organization, whether in your local congregation, humanist group, or elsewhere. If you want to take on a bigger role, be sure to check out our UUHA Ambassador program. However you represent the UUHA, and humanism in general: thank you.
The Rev. Amanda Poppei
President, UU Humanist Association
About Amanda Poppei
Amanda Poppei is the Immediate Past President of the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association (UUHA), Senior Leader at Washington Ethical Society in Washington, DC, which is affilitated with both the American Ethical Union and the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is also an at-large member of the board of the UU Humanist Association.
Amanda has a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and a BA in Religious Studies from Yale University. She was the ministerial intern at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, MD, and served as a chaplain at the Washington Hospital Center, where she completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. In 2007, Amanda won the National Capital Area Big Sister award from Hermanos y Hermanas Mayores/Big Brothers Big Sisters for her work with a little sister, with whom she has been "matched" for more than seven years. She also received the 2006 Anti-Racism Sermon Award from the Joseph Priestly District of the Unitarian Universalist Association for a piece entitled "The Tip of the Iceberg." Amanda is a Unitarian Universalist minister, and has a strong background in interfaith work from her chaplaincy and seminary experiences. Before attending seminary, she worked as a fundraiser for a national literacy nonprofit.