Updated: Aug 27, 2020
For over 20 years I have been a Spiritual Director, counseling and supporting people in recovering from toxic religion, and cultivating a meaningful non-religious spirituality. Though my academic background is in theology, over the years I have also been a professor of Comparative Religion and the Philosophy of Religion.
I have had the opportunity to spend time in India and Thailand and other places throughout the world, exploring Eastern spirituality such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. I am a Chaplain with the American Humanist Association, which promotes the lifestance or philosophy of Humanism.
Theism is broadly defined as the belief in the existence of a Supreme Being or deities. A further clarification is "monotheism", which is the belief in one God who created the world, is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, and intervenes in the world. Christianity, for example, is a monotheistic religion. The fundamental theistic view of the universe could be summarized in a triangle that includes three separate components: God, the world, and you (all human beings).
People who leave their religious tradition no longer subscribe to many of the beliefs they were taught in church as children, or accepted by faith as adults. Sometimes this leads to a false choice between either the God of religion or no God/ultimate reality at all. There are more options available in the spectrum of spirituality or belief in God/ultimate reality than simply theism or atheism. I am leading a 30-day group to explore those possibilities.
The Exploring Non-Theistic Spirituality 30-Day Group will be exploring six areas of non-theistic spirituality:
The 30-Day Group will be hosted and facilitated as a private Facebook group. Five days will be devoted to each of the six areas of non-theistic spirituality. Each of the six areas will be presented as "Units", which includes daily posts delivering the written materials and content, weekly FB Live, and weekly FB Rooms for group discussion. The journey starts on September 21.
I am asking each participant to make a donation of $25 to my PayPal Friends of Jim Palmer Scholarship Fund. I utilize these funds to cover the costs of my pro bono personal development work with the homeless, incarcerated, cult survivors, and victims of domestic violence. I have seen an uptick of people interested in coaching and guidance around the world who have been impacted significantly and distressed by the realities of the coronavirus. I will not deny any person's participation in the 30-Day Investigation Group, even if they cannot afford the $25, but if all possible please consider a 25$ donation or more if you are able to help others who are in great need and crisis.
Here is the link to the PayPal Friends of Jim Palmer Scholarship Fund. I have left the amount open so you can determine what donation you are able to make. After making your donation, you can join the group at this link.