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The Rise of Secular Spirituality in the US – Becky Garrison
December 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am PST
Becky Garrison has been reporting on religion on the fringes since 1994, where she’s had a front-row seat in viewing this ongoing exodus of people leaving institutionalized Christianity. In this 30-minute presentation, Garrison will share her findings and analysis regarding the ongoing demise of both conservative and progressive Christianity and the rise of secular spiritual communities. In particular, Garrison documented the prevalence of communities in the Pacific Northwest that celebrate the sacred sexuality and spirituality of the Celtic ethos inspired by the natural beauty of this region of the United States. Also, online platforms such as meet-ups and private Facebook groups serve as hubs for those seeking community. In these groups they find a degree of privacy and security that allows conversations and connections to flourish without religious organizational involvement.