A proposition will be made in this sermon that the first humanist in the United States were people of African descent. They brought with them a philosophy that is rooted in every attempt America has made to envision a more perfect union. We will explore two moments where explicit and implicit humanist constructs informed the movement of human dignity.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rev. Hutt was unable to join us. We look forward to her returning in the future!

Rev. Karen Hutt is Vice President for Student and Community Engagement at United Theological Seminary and an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister, a certified educator with the Association of Clinical and Pastoral Educators and a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional lChaplains. She has served congregations in Illinois and Minnesota and worked at six major teaching hospitals. Rev. Hutt has on numerous commissions, committees and advisor groups to advance the future of chaplaincy in non – traditional settings. She has edited a book on Unitarian Universalist Chaplains The Call to Care and has presented numerous papers on spiritual care throughout the nation.

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