When You Need a Hand, Not a Prayer: The State of the Secular Support Movement

A session at FtBConscience 2

Saturday 1st February, 2014

10:00am to 11:00am

For decades, religion has appeared to hold a monopoly on certain kinds of caretaking and support. Even psychology, a field expected to be evidence-based, is often found to be infiltrated by prayer and other faith-based practices. And organized emotional support for those leaving religion was nonexistent.

But in the past few years, a new branch of the secular movement has emerged, providing everything from referrals to secular therapists, to safe, supportive space for atheist students, to recovery programs that do not require a belief in a higher power. Some organizations specifically serve those leaving religion or experiencing bigotry against nonbelievers, while others simply provide support free of religious ideas or spiritual content.

In this panel, the Secular Therapist Project's Patty Guzikowski, Secular Safe Zone's Andy Cheadle-Ford, the Hotline Project's Sarah Morehead, Grief Beyond Belief's Rebecca Hensler, and (secular recovery network) LifeRing's Njon Weinroth will explain the support their projects currently provide and where they are headed in the future, as well as discuss how they can collaborate to better serve the secular world.

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Rebecca Hensler

Founder, Grief Beyond Belief

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Andy Cheadle-Ford

I have 3 jobs, I am a student, and I am president of Freethought WSU. I study psychology with a focus in behavioral neuroscience, and I am an atheist activist. bio from Twitter

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Sarah Morehead

Executive Director at Recovering From Religion; President of the Reason Rally Coalition; President of Apostacon

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Njon Weinroth

Secular Recovery with LifeRing

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Patricia Guzikowski

Licensed Professional Counselor, Freethought Counseling

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Time 10:00am11:00am CST

Date Sat 1st February 2014

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