Being a secular individual in our culture can sometimes mean a lack of community, an absence of peers for ourselves and our children, gaps in resources, and challenges such as discrimination and bullying. But there are local, regional, and national resources available. You are not alone.
While professionalism more and more includes faith-neutral respect for all people, there are still times when the non-religious can feel marginalized and not know where to turn for assistance.
We understand. Here are some resources that might help you navigate to friendly waters.
Secular Communities in Central Florida
A church is a perspective-specific community for people who share a faith; there are also perspective communities for individuals of non-faith that serve members’ needs for human connectivity, shared-values guidance for positive living, organized community engagement, and other support.
- BE. Orlando Humanist Fellowship
- 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
Secular Services and Businesses
- 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 – contact Tee Rogers, volunteer coordinator for the National Secular Safe Zone program to become a secular safe zone 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.