Secular Support Network

This page was inspired by Rebecca Hensler and is maintained by the Metrolina chapter of Recovering From Religion (RR). Corrections, additions or feedback?

Contact: RR-MetrolinaNC@RecoveringFromReligion.org
When faith is on the line, so are we!
RR Hotline: 184-I-DOUBT-IT (1.844.368.2848)
Disclaimer and Crisis Information

To connect with a local secular group in your area, check the Secular Directory.

Peer Support Groups and Counseling
  • Clergy Project - a confidential online community for current and former religious leaders in vocational ministry who do not hold supernatural beliefs and are struggling with issues. It is a "safe house" where members can freely discuss the challenges they face in leaving ministry and establishing a new life.
  • Grief Beyond Belief - a  peer-to-peer grief support for atheists, Humanists, and other Freethinkers by providing spaces free of religion, spiritualism, mysticism, and evangelism in which to share sorrow and offer the comfort of rational compassion.
  • Hotline Project - an outreach project of Recovering From Religion. It will provide a 24/7 toll free hotline that will provide national, regional, and local resources to individuals who are doubting or leaving their faith or dealing with the consequences. It is a secular support network people can utilize in their most urgent time of need.
  • Journey Free - offers education and consulting resources to help people recover from Religious Trauma Syndrome. They provide an online support group, individual consultations, small group retreats, and other resources.
  • LifeRing - an abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs. Members offer each other peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment.
  • Recovering From Religion - provides confidential multi-dimensional support and encouragement to individuals who are doubting their faith, have been negatively impacted by religion in some way, or are in the process of leaving their religious affiliations and dealing with issues associated with this journey. They have support groups that meet monthly all over the US, with groups starting in Canada, the UK, and Australia.
  • Secular Therapist Project - an outreach project of Recovering From Religion. Its purpose is to connect secular therapists with clients who prefer a therapist that will use proven, state-of-the-art therapeutic methods that do not involve supernatural or religious elements. 
  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) - a network of autonomous, non-professional local groups dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. They provide an alternative to the 12-step model and have group meetings in many cities throughout the world.
  • Smart Recovery - a 4-Point Program that helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. They sponsor face-to-face meetings around the world, daily online meetings, an online message board, and 24/7 chat room.
Resources for Secular Youth and Parents
  • Camp Quest - provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values.
  • National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers - provides motivation, encouragement, and support to families during their homeschooling journey and promotes and supports secular homeschooling through education, outreach, and advocacy.
  • Parents Beyond Belief - a blog by, for, and about secular parents. It’s a place to exchange ideas, to learn what has and hasn’t worked elsewhere, to discover how best to get a new secular parenting group airborne, and to realize you’re not remotely alone.
  • Secular Safe Zones - a network of secular allies that provide community and support to young non-theists around the nation by creating safe spaces for non-theists and encouraging acceptance, understanding, and tolerance. Allies are trained to recognize and respond to issues of discrimination, harassment, and bullying that non-theist young people may experience.
  • Secular Student Alliance - organizes, unites, educates, and serves students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human-based ethics. Their primary goal is to foster successful grassroots campus groups which provide a welcoming community for secular students to discuss their views and promote their secular values.
  • Scholarships for Atheists, Secular Humanists, and Freethinkers - sources of college funding for secular students, maintained by College Scholarships.org - a free web site that lists a broad array of college funding opportunities without asking for information from you.
Humanist and Secular Celebrants, Chaplaincies and Assemblies
  • Find a Humanist Celebrant - endorsed by The Humanist Society, an adjunct of the American Humanist Association, Humanist Celebrants conduct Humanist, secular, nonreligious, non-theistic and interreligious weddings, memorials, baby naming, and other life-cycle ceremonies. In addition to using their search page, check their state listing as well for additional celebrants.
  • Find a Secular Celebrant - certified by the Center for Inquiry, Secular Celebrants perform non-religious weddings, memorials, and other "milestones of life" ceremonies. CFI does not allow anyone acting as a CFI Secular Celebrant to solemnize a marriage under any religious designation or pretense, or using the certification of any religious organization. This includes but is not limited to The Humanist Society, The Ethical Union, the Society for Humanistic Judaism, traditional religions, and so called “mail order” ordinations such as the Universal Life Church. Accordingly, in almost all states, people who conduct marriage ceremonies as CFI Secular Celebrants cannot solemnize a marriage (i.e, cannot sign a marriage license) unless they are also certified by their state to solemnize a marriage under a civil, secular designation, such as "notary."
  • Humanist Chaplaincies - operated by the American Humanist Association, Humanist chaplaincies serve much the same roles as their religious counterparts, but focus on being good without a belief in a god. They provide consultation, preside over ceremonies, and offer opportunities for educational outreaches and community service projects to nonreligious students and members of the armed forces.
  • Sunday Assembly - godless congregations that celebrates life. Their motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Their mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Their vision: a godless congregation in every town, city and village that wants one.

Report Discrimination or Church-State Violations
  • American Civil Liberties Union - with affiliates in every state, the ACLU handle requests for legal assistance, lobbies state legislatures and hosts public forums throughout the year.
  • Americans United for Separation of Church and State - a nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.
  • Appignani Humanist Legal Center - a project of the American Humanist Association, AHLC provides legal assistance to defend the constitutional rights of religious and secular minorities by directly challenging clear violations of the Establishment Clause and seeking equal rights for humanists, atheists and other freethinkers.
  • Freedom From Religion Foundation - a small non-profit watchdog organization working to keep church and state separate, FFRF has had many significant legal accomplishments nationwide.

When faith is on the line, so are we!
 



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