A PROJECT OF SPIRITUAL NATURALISM
- Develop effective ways of speaking to the mainstream culture about a secular, universal spirituality of nature and reason (religious naturalism) – that is acceptable to the contemporary, educated, postmodern mindset. This will require a revisioning of religion/spirituality through the lens of evidential reasoning – the best of human knowledge – science, social science, historical scholarship, anthropology, cultural studies, neuroscience, and psychology.
- Spiritual naturalism focuses on issues of human meaning, values, purpose, and flourishing, not supernatural realities. Centered in the mythic narrative evolution, emphasizing the universality of human nature and human dignity, promoting natural human rights while seeking to reduce suffering and care for the planet, this humanist approach is accessible to all peoples and cultures.
- Using science, story, art, and celebration, we create new rituals and imbue seasonal holidays with existential meaning, all aimed at expanding human awareness of the sacred aspects of all life and nature itself, while encouraging a spirituality of awe, gratitude, wonder, empathy, and mutual respect.
- Deepen an enduring understanding of interconnectedness – overcoming the illusion of separateness of humans from other humans and humans and nature. Individual well being cannot be fully achieved apart from the well being of others, all living things, and nature itself.
- Promote a humane, secular spirituality that fosters right relationships between humans and other life forms, and the ecosystem itself – seeking justice, equality, and compassion in human relations, reducing suffering for all living beings, and fostering a culture that respects all life and human dignity.
- Encourage scholarship to develop spiritual naturalism as a full and independent religious tradition and practice.
- Offer our insights and values in a way that is humble and inviting – not triumphant, controlling, judgmental, or arrogant – while always being open to dialog, challenge, and disagreement, welcoming valid diversity of approaches.