Being a secular individual in our culture can sometimes mean a lack of community, an absence of peers for ourselves and our children, and gaps in resources. Faith-biased organizations and individuals don’t always provide secular-friendly solutions or comfort.
While professionalism more and more is characterized by faith-neutral respect for all people, there are still times when the non-religious can feel marginalized and even preyed on by those who would use the misfortune of others to opportunistically proselytize.
As a minority often misunderstood and even discriminated against, persons of non-faith seeking sincere, genuine assistance can be blindsided by devaluing words and behavior from those we had hoped would help.
We understand. Here are some resources that might help you navigate to friendly waters. Here in Central Florida, there is a rich network of non-faith leaders, communities, and resources. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Active Secular Communities in Central Florida
- BE. Orlando
- Central Florida Freethought Community
- Florida Atheists, Critical Thinkers, and Skeptics (FACTS) (also hosts the Generation Atheist organization)
- Secular Student Alliance at UCF
Other group lists for Florida
- List of local organizations – CFFC partners
- List of Florida organizations – Coalition of Reason affiliates
- Map of Freethought Groups in Florida
Secular Services and Businesses
- Humanist Peer and Support Group – The Humanist Peer Support & Discussion Group is for anyone experiencing personal or professional challenges related to their worldview, coming out as an Atheist or other marginalized perspective identity, doubting beliefs, questions about changing or leaving religion, coping with transition from a religion, seeking meaning and purpose in secular life, coping with grief, loss, and mortality without religion, and other faith and non-faith journey experiences.
- Secular Advocacy – for any individual seeking resources or assistance in Central Florida who would like an advocate to help them connect with secular-friendly organizations, businesses, and services.
- Secular Allies program – become a secular leader at your school or organization, start a secular allies initiative, or simply become an ally or learn about the importance of secular inclusive initiatives. Consultations, workshops and certifications, and other assistance.
- Recovering From Religion, national (find local chapters under the Contact tab)
- Recovering From Religion, Orlando Chapter
- The Hotline Project – a real time, peer support network for issues related life after faith.
- Secular Therapist Project
- Secular Chaplains, Celebrants, and invocators for gatherings, meetings, life events and celebrations
- A Grief Workbook for Skeptics (by Carol Fiore)
- Secular Addiction Recovery, Orlando
- Secular Addiction Recovery – list of resources
- Secular Gratitude Project – examples of reflections, thoughts on the benefits of habitual gratitude in daily life, and links to scientific research about the health benefits of positive Humanism.