The task of Humanism
Spiritual enthusiasm toward the enrichment of human life.
Defrocked for heresy by the Presbyterian Church in 1911, the Rev. John H. Dietrich (1878–1957) became a Unitarian minister. With the Rev. Curtis Reese, Dietrich introduced the notion of “Humanism” to the American Unitarian Association in 1917. He was minister of First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis from 1916 to his retirement in 1938. Doug Muder discusses Dietrich in this issue’s cover story; see page 26. (From “Unitarianism and Humanism,” in Humanist Sermons, ed. by Curtis Reese, 1927.)