About the Sacred Secular Sanctuary
 
    Celebrating this Life, this World

Here at the Sacred Secular Sanctuary, we feel our spirituality in our emotional and aesthetic responses to Nature and the Universe, without the need to anthropomorphize them. Our ethics are humanistic and green, our metaphysics are scientific and naturalist. To these we add the rituals and practices, discussions and explorations, and the sense of community that help humans cope with life’s challenges and embrace life’s joys.

The Sacred Secular Sanctuary is incorporated as a Non-Profit organization under the Corporations Act in the province of Ontario.

Walk the talk / talk the walk

Come share the journey. Participate with us as we create practices that are meaningful and align with our beliefs. Together we choose the symbols and myths that speak to us and build rituals and celebrations, weave stories around them, and create traditions.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
                                               ~ Margaret Mead.

        Our Aims

The Sanctuary is organized for spiritual, educational, social, conservational and scientific purposes. Specifically, the Sanctuary's aims consist of the following:
  • To offer regular meetings for spiritual exploration, incorporating humanist and environmental ethics.

  • To provide programs and activities, and to hold gatherings such as conferences, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, celebrations and rituals to engage the mind, and bring like-minded people together.

  • To perform ceremonial functions as provided by law, including but not limited to funerals and the solemnization of marriages.

  • To promote the development of secular ideas and practices in ceremony, philosophy, ethics, environment, education, the arts, therapy, and other fields.

  • To foster moral and ethical attitudes, with the understanding that the privileges and obligations of our lives are our responsibility.


        Our triskele symbol

The triskele or triskelion symbol was used in Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures in Europe. It is seen in the famous megalithic tomb of Newgrange, built around 3200 BCE, as well as early Greek and Sicilian uses. What the symbol meant to the pagans who built Newgrange and other monuments is unknown.

Even carved in stone it appears to be moving forward. We like the sense of Past, Present, Future that this imparts.

And... it is a perfect result of the superimposition of the three “S” shapes of Sacred Secular Sanctuary.


About our Home page layout

We have tried to incorporate enough visual clues in our header image to give visitors an instant, intuitive grasp of what we are about. ...learn more about the symbolism


   
 
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