Religious Humanism

This course explores religious humanism from its development to today. Learn about the original founders and the current congregations. Topics include religious humanist values, the importance of social change, gathering in a religion-neutral zone, using ritual to form community, and where to learn more.

by Dr. David Breeden

The Reverend Dr. David Breeden is Senior Minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis.  He has a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Ph.D. from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, with additional study in writing and Buddhism at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.  He also has a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Breeden has published four novels and fourteen books of poetry, the latest titled After the Bloody Mary Game: Living into Humanism. His book Raging for the Exit: A Commonplace Book is a correspondence in poetry with philosopher and theologian Steven Schroeder.  His translation of the Daodejiing is available from Lamar University Press.

Breeden was Dean of The Humanist Institute (which became the AHA Center for Education), President of the UU Humanist Association, and on the advisory board for Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community.  He is a member of the freedom-to-write group PEN Center USA.

David writes for UU Quest for Meaning, a blog on  His personal blog is  He tweets at @DBreeden.

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