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UU topic: Humanism, Science and Idols

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

A unique feature of Unitarian Universalism is that it draws spiritual wisdom and practice from many religious and spiritual sources.

As Unitarian Universalists, we are encouraged to search among these sources for tools useful in our daily lives, tools to make us better human beings, wiser, more patient, more compassionate and more at peace.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, we examine, using a DVD, the Fifth Source in our series of explorations — humanist teachings that counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.

Reverend Angela Herrera begins with a basic definition of “humanist” as one who affirms the worth of every person and believes that humans are responsible for their own condition and so must work to better the world. She then proceeds to tackle the ambiguities inherent in this source, among them the commitment to change, the acceptance of knowledge as provisional, the lack of spiritual depth and the idolatry of man. We are left with a sense of the richness as well as the limitations of the Fifth Source.

Herrera has been the associate minister at First Unitarian of Albuquerque since 2010. Her Master of Divinity is from Harvard University. She was raised in a working class neighborhood in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where the Unitarian Universalism faith of her childhood, “was tested against some of society’s harder realities,” and where she, “developed an early passion for social justice and a deep love for life and for people.”

We have a children’s spiritual educational program and encourage families with children to join us for our Sunday service. Our children’s religious programs teach our Unitarian Universalist heritage, ethical living, moral precepts to love your neighbor, work for a better world, and to search for truth with an open mind. Arts and crafts projects are utilized to illustrate these principles.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.

This story was posted on October 17, 2013.