Rev. Fred Howard on “Emerson and the ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ Crowd

Rev. Fred Howard

Today many people, including Unitarian Universalists, describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious. Dr. Leonard “Fred” Howard will explore that idea.*

Dr. Howard’s first career was as a family practitioner, but in 2003 he closed his practice to attend the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Today, the Rev. Howard is the minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Valdosta, Ga.

Rev. Howard also the author of Transforming FaithStories of Change from a Lifelong Spiritual Seeker and, more recently, Children of Covenant—“a tale of mystery, intrigue, and friendship between a Unitarian minister and a Muslim professor in a small college town.” Meanwhile, “Dr.” Howard continues to work part time in local emergency rooms.

Whether “doctor” and “reverend,” Fred has spoken often at our Fellowship. He is a deep and original thinker with special interests in contemplative spirituality, mind-body medicine and interfaith cultural exchange. He’s on the board of directors of the Christian Universalist Association and of Peacemakers, an organization that teaches children ethical values common to all denominations.

Children’s Religious Education is on break until September, but childcare is available from 9:30 a.m. until noon every Sunday. Here’s the rest of the schedule for Sunday:

  • 9:30 a.m. Adult Religious Education.
  • 10:00 a.m. UU Singers practice.
  • 10:30 a.m. Coffee, light refreshments and conversation before the service.
  • 10:45 a.m. Sunday service.*To help prepare for Dr. Howard’s talk, check out this Huffington Post article by James Ishmael Ford.