(In case you'd rather listen, here's the project description via audio.)
The fastest growing "religious" group in the U.S. are the so-called "Nones"--people who have to check "none of the above" on the survey when asked about religion. This wide group includes atheists, agnostics, and inter-faith families. And it also includes:
-People who grew up in church, but left when the practices stopped working.
-Reformers who got fed up with a lack equality and inclusion within the institution.-Women who got tired of being dismissed and diminished.
-And anyone who is committed to living soulful, aware, conscious lives.
Yes, churched or unchurched, religious or not --we all get lumped into this category of "none."
But we are not The Nones.
We are a growing community of like-minded souls who share common core values -- like compassion, generosity, and justice.
We are seekers who know that truth resides in a thousand traditions.
We are people committed to growth -- who need habits and practices that can grow with us.
And we deserve a guidebooks. Lots of 'em. Because leaving church is disorienting. Rebuilding is intense work. And losing your tribe is hard.
Becoming Relig-ish is one of those guidebooks. Written out of a deep educational background in philosophy and theology, and formed in community with other so-called none's, Becoming Relig-ish will help you identify your core values, curate your religious past, and create a set of right-fit practices for your soulful present.
From unpacking old habits, to adapting new ones, this book will walk you through the process of creating right-fit practices that are rooted in your history, authentic to who you are today, and creative enough to grow with you.
But I can't write it alone. I need your help to create the space for this guidebook to get born.
My publisher has offered me a small advance -- which is rare these days for first-time authors. And I need to raise the rest in order to take time off to write this long-awaited tome.
I'm asking you to partner with me, and the publisher, to raise $4k in the next 30 days. This will allow me to reduce my work hours in the fall, and spend 3 months writing the manuscript.
Like most people in any kind of non-traditional "ministry" or caregiving roel, the work I do as a spiritual director and mentor is supplemented by my day-job. I work on contract as an event planner for a number of organizations in Seattle--and I love it! But that work coupled with a chronic illness and a family life leaves little time for a book-length project. A blog post here or there, sure. But 200-300 pages of organized, distilled goodness? I can't do it unless I have some time off.
Raising this advance will allow me to reduce my client load, giving me the time I need to get Becoming Relig-ish finished, and into the hands of those of you who are asking, "Okay, what next? How do I build a spiritual (but not religious) life."
This work was born out of a communal exploration of "what's next" in the relig-ish realm. It seems fitting that a similar community of like-minded souls should come together to help Becoming Relig-ish grow all the way to "done."
Thanks so much for your heartfelt support. Until we meet again, I hope you will get curious about your relig-ish life, trust your gut to take you to the right places, and that whatever you do, live from a place of love.
Risks and challenges
Unlike a self-published project, I already have a contract with an established publisher for the editing, printing and distribution of "Becoming Relig-ish," so this project is relatively risk free. If the Kickstarter is funded, I'll begin writing in September and deliver the manuscript by mid-December 2015. The Publisher is estimating a August 2016 release date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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