Secular Spiritual "Nones": Investigating Religiously Unaffiliated Spirituality in Cascadia

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dc.contributor.author Bahan, Samantha
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-27T21:34:23Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-27T21:34:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-04-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7218
dc.description.abstract Traditional religion has failed to become commonplace in the population of Cascadia for two hundred years. However, an alternative earth-based spirituality has flourished here, distinguishing this region from the rest of North America and possibly the world. This region is home to a majority “unchurched” population of religious “nones” (those who when asked what their religion is, would say “none”) that is twice the size of the largest religious denomination, comprising one quarter of the populations of Oregon and Washington and nearly half of British Columbians. Furthermore, this population is continuing to grow with younger generations identifying as religiously unaffiliated. Scholars investigating Cascadia’s religious “nones” have found within this population groups of apocalyptic millennialism (primarily on the U.S. side of the border) as well as different expressions of New Age spiritualities and an earth-based spirituality. For many Cascadians, nature is revered and experienced as sacred. This is the essence of earth-based spirituality, the most prominent form of spirituality in the Pacific Northwest. The following poster looks at the growth of Cascadia’s “no religion” population, some of the differences between Canadian and American sides of the Cascadian border, and how the New Age movement and the rise of environmentalism contributed to some of Cascadia’s secular spiritual forms, including New Age spiritualities and earth-based spirituality. Lastly, these influences will be considered for their impacts on the upbringing of the millennial generation, which has contributed not only to the growth of religious “nones,” but also to the pervasiveness of Cascadia’s earth-based spirituality. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Cascadia en_US
dc.subject spirituality en_US
dc.subject secular spirituality en_US
dc.subject nature spirituality en_US
dc.subject milennial spirituality en_US
dc.subject New Age spirituality en_US
dc.subject religious "none" en_US
dc.subject nonreligious spirituality en_US
dc.title Secular Spiritual "Nones": Investigating Religiously Unaffiliated Spirituality in Cascadia en_US
dc.type Poster en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Undergraduate en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en_US

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