Secular Liturgies Network and Forum

Our mission is to enrich societies with secular ethics and reflective practices, informed by the latest research, and expressed in original creative, scholarly and journalistic publications and events. Our work has strong themes of well-being, sustainability, cultural enrichment and community building.

Further Resources

There is demand for a secular liturgical broadcast or podcast series, which unlike the BBC’s Thought for the Day, welcomes atheist/non-theist and progressive speakers. I am, therefore, looking into producing a weekly podcast under the title Secular Liturgies (or Secular Sundays perhaps?), in which guest speakers are invited to give short addresses on subjects relevant to this network and forum. I am gathering names of potential speakers. These could, for example, be philosophers, academics, writers, humanist or progressive pastoral care practitioners/clergy, and leaders of relevant secular movements, societies, projects and networks. If you have any suggestions for potential speakers, who you would really like to hear deliver a message, do let me know!


The SLN/F in other Media

Somerville-Wong AE, Secular Liturgies in Secular Studies, Volume 1, Issue 2, October 2019 (an international, multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed Brill journal)

Somerville-Wong AE, Rational Spirituality and How I got Here, Universalist Conversations

Somerville-Wong AE, Secular Liturgies: Rational Spirituality for a Post-Religious Age, Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine, May/June 2019 Edition, Frontline News Section

Somerville-Wong AE, Secular Liturgies: Rational Spirituality for a Post-Religious Age, Progressive Voices, March 2019 Edition p10-11

Internet Resources

Relevant Secular Organisations and Projects

American Humanist Association at

Feasts for the Future at

Humanists UK, recommended resources at

Imagining Alternatives at

Modern Stoicism at

National Secular Society at

Poetry Foundation at

Religious Naturalist Association

Sunday Assembly at

The Freethought Society

The School of Life at

The School of Life videos at

The Society for Storytelling at

Transition Network

UN Sustainable Development Goals at

Progressive Religious Reform Movements and Organisations

Alliance for Inclusive Muslims (International Coalition)

A Progressive Christian Voice (Australia)

Association for Global New Thought

Association of Humanistic Rabbis


Centre for Radical Christianity

Center for Action and Contemplation

Changing Attitude Trawsnewid Agwedd Cymru

Changing Attitudes Scotland

Charter for Compassion

Church of Lost Walls

Common Dreams

Darkwood Brew

Evolutionary Christianity

Explore Faith

Faith and Reason

Fans of John Shelby Spong

Fox Institute for Creative Spirituality

Foundation for Contemporary Theology

Global Ministries University

Holy City

Humanistic Buddhism

Humanistic Hinduism, an online summary of Ethics for our Times: Essays in Gandhian Perspective

Humanistic Jainism updates and annotation at

Inclusive Mosque Initiative

International Christian University

International Institutue for Secular Humanistic Judaism

Liberal Judaism at

Library of Secular Humanistic Judaism

Living the Questions

Mecca Institute

Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Muslim Reform Movement at

Muslims for Progressive Values (N. America)

New Unity (Andy Pakula)

Norwich Christian Meditation Centre


Pachamama Alliance

Patheos at

PCAN Progressive Christian Artists Network

PCN (Britain) at

PCN (Britain) worship resources at

Percific School of Religion

Permission to Speak (John Churcher)

Progressive Christian Artists Network

Progressive Christianity Aotearoa

Progressive Christianity (US) at

Progressive Christianity (US) Liturgies Project at

Progressive Christians Uniting

Progressive Faith Collective (Greater Toronto Area)

Project Peace on Earth

Protestants dans la Ville

Quakers in Britain, resources at

Quaker Nontheist Friends Network at

Quaker Universalist Group – UK at

Quaker Universalist Fellowship (US) at

Quilliam International at

Radical Faith

Reflective Spaces (Elizabeth White)

Religious Naturalist Association


Sadhana, Progressive Hinduism

Safra Project

Salt Project

Scarboro Missions

Secular/agnostic Buddhism at

Sisters in Islam

Society for Humanistic Judaism


Spirited NZ Progressive Christianity

Spirituality and Practice

St James’s Church Picadilly London

St Mathew-in-the-City (Aukland NZ)

St Michael’s Uniting Church (Melbourne)

Sunday Assembly at Sunday Assembly claims to be a nonreligious organisation, like the progressive religious reform movements, it nonetheless takes its form and inspiration from the religious background of its founders, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans.)

Student Christian Movement (SCM)

The Canadian Center for Progressive Christianity (Gretta Vosper) https://www.grettavosper.caand

The Chaplaincy Institute

The Emerging Church (Roger ray) at

The International Federation for Secular Humanistic Judaism

The Iona Community

The Marcus Borg Foundation

The Muslim Reform Movement at

The Progressive Christian Network of Victoria

The Re-imagining Community

The Society for Humanistic Judaism at

Thinking Aloud

Unitarians UK at

Unitarian Universalist Association USA

Unity, School of Practical Christianity

Westar Institute https://www.westarinstitute.organd Polebridge Press

Wild Goose Festival

Worship Words

You are Loved (Murals)



Botton de, Alain. Religion for Atheists. Penguin Books, 2012 (also see de Botton’s TED talk on Atheism 2.0 at

Gordon-Lennox, Jeltje. Crafting Secular Ritual: A Practical Guide. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017

Kahneman D, Thinking Fast Thinking Slow, Penguin, 2012 (I include this because an understanding of behavioural psychology and cognitive biases will provide a crucial underpinning for work on secular ethics and reflective practice.)

Somerville-Wong AE, For Every Season: Progressive Liturgies for Worship, Pilgrim Press, 2013

Thaler, Richard H.,Sunstein, Cass R., Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, And Happiness. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008

See the following authors for works on Reflective Practice: Borton, Kolb and Fry, Argyris and Schon, Gibbs, Benner and Wrubel, Brookfield and Johns, Somerville and Keeling

The websites of humanist organisations list books that more directly address their perspectives. See, for example, for works recommended by Humanists UK.

A range of humanist articles recommends authors and poets whose works explore the various dimensions of the humanist philosophy and way of life. These include Humanist of the Year recipients Isaac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Joyce Carol Oates, Carl Sagan, Kurt Vonnegut, and Alice Walker, works by prominent humanists Phillip Pullman and Salman Rushdie, and other authors published through the American Humanist Association’s Humanist Press. Also recommended are works by Douglas Adams, Mulk Raj Anand, Zora Neale Hurston, Doris Lessing, Catherine Lim, Terry Pratchett, Anne Rice, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Robert J. Sawyer, Richard wright, Octavia Butler, Annie Dillard, MFK Fisher and Phillip Larkin.

For Progressive Christianity, see works by Gretta Vosper, Marcus Borg, Karen Armstrong, John Hick, Dale Allison, Diana Butler Bass, Walter Brueggemann, Richard Rohr, Bishop Selby Spong, Peter Enns, Richard Beck, Rachel Held Evans, Rob Bell, John Dominic Crossan, Brain McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Mike McHargue and Roger Lee Ray.

Peer Reviewed Research

There is a wealth of relevant research on many of the subjects discussed within the Network. Much of this can be accessed in online journals.

The SLN publishes shorter peer-reviewed articles by researchers and academics, which communicate new and established research findings in ways that are accessible to a diverse readership.

We are looking for work in all relevant fields, including reflective practice, secular ethics, pastoral care, medical humanities, secular studies, behavioural science, psychology and the contemporary relevance/application of ancient philosophy, religious studies and comparative religion. We are also interested in historical and anthropological explorations of ethics and ritual, and relevant articles in architecture  on, for example, place and ritual.

Whatever your discipline, if you can make a good case for the relevance of your research to our themes and objectives, please do get in touch.

Here are some useful links to relevant research:

Barna Group

European Social Survey (and a document by Stephen Bullivant on Europe’s young adults and religion based on the 2014-16 European Social Survey  at

Pew Research Centre at

Religion and Global Society (London School of Economics and Political Science) at

The Conversation at

The National Centre for Social Research’s British Social Attitudes Survey at

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) UK at

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) UK, Research on Mindfulness at