Dear Members of the Religious Naturalist Association:

We promised not to flood your mailboxes, but on the other hand we think you’d like to hear from us occasionally, so here is the first of our newsletters.

First, if I haven’t yet welcomed you personally, please know we are excited to have you with us. We haven’t done a complete demographic analysis yet, but I am pleased to report that ~ 1 month post-launch we have 113 members from 10 countries and 30 states in the US. Our oldest member is 97 and our youngest is 21. So we are most encouraged!

Over the past two months, our main activities have been working on the website and recruiting new members. With these now underway, the Board of Directors wants to consider what activities to pursue in the coming year. We’ve assembled a list of some possibilities (see below), but we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking at ways of implementing our mission – of making the world aware of what being a religious naturalist is all about – and we want to try to do this in ways that will give a good return for energy expended.

Along with good ideas, we’re also looking for members who might be interested in helping to implement a given activity. To be clear, we understand that some members will choose to be “members only”  — activism is not required! – but some of you have already expressed an interest in engagement, and we for sure want to avail ourselves of your energies.

So please put on your thinking caps and, if you have ideas or suggestions, or responses to our preliminary list, or an interest in volunteering, send us a memo at

You should hear from us again in a month or so with a summary of your feedback. In the meantime, remember that we depend largely on you to spread the word, so please tell friends and acquaintances about the website: If each of us recruits just one new member, our growth will be exponential.

With warm regards,


Ursula Goodenough, President
Religious Naturalist Association