Who We Are
An open space for Freethinkers (primarily agnostics, atheists, skeptics, non-orthodox, non-theist wonderers and the curious) grounded in humanity and reverence for the natural world rather than super-natural beliefs. Centered in sincerity and respect without a need for the distraction of “spiritual” things. Post-faith but not anti-religious. Centered in Good rather than God. Positive; inviting; welcoming; inclusive; bridge-building not wall-building.
A regular gathering for thoughtful and respectful reflection, rational discussion, ethical action with meaningful activity.
A secular, non-theist, non-supernatural alternative to traditional congregations.
“Secular”: from Latin, saeculum, “this age, this world.” Denoting attitudes and activities that have no religious or otherworldly basis.
“Sanctuary”: from Latin, sanctuarium, “a special place set apart.” A place of refuge.
“Secular Sanctuary”: Gatherings for learning natural lessons, freely exchanging ideas, collaborating to face community challenges, all while enjoying music, meals and brews together in a respectful environment.
“Freethinkers”: “What the many types of freethinkers [share], regardless of their views on the existence or nonexistence of a divinity, [is] a rationalist approach to fundamental questions of earthly existence–a conviction that the affairs of human beings should be governed not by faith in the supernatural but by a reliance on reason and evidence adduced from the natural world.” (Susan Jacoby, Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism)
Who We Are Not: We are not yet another “new age” religion. Nor are we anti-religious. We are not a cult of personality. We are not Nature worshippers–or worshippers of anything or anyone in particular. We are not interested in tired old theological debates or other unhelpful distractions. We are not about arguments and complaints. We have no time for that. Life is too short for that. There’s too much good in the world, too much beauty in Nature and too much out there to learn and to do! We are not simply being Not and Non and None. We’re about positive community-building, one step, one day, at a time.
“Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all–that has been my religion.”
~John Burroughs, Journals (1910)
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