The Secular Liturgies Creative Writing Project aims to provide a rich resource of words for secular events such as life-cycle events (including birth, marriage/civil partnership and coming of age celebrations, and funerals), yearly cycle events such as Remembrance Day, Women’s Day and LGBTQ Pride, contemplative and other creative events.

The project welcomes material that includes and appeals to all those who support liberal values, human rights and sustainability agendas such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It especially welcomes material inspired by under-represented heritages and cultures, for the purposes of cultural enrichment. The project aims to give creative liturgical voice to atheists, agnostics, humanists, and those from the progressive streams of the world faiths.

The project invites you to contribute liturgical ideas and extracts, including full secular liturgies, poetry, short stories, short dramatic scripts, and suggestions for readings from novels, poetry, philosophical and other texts. Also welcome, are ideas for activities that may be integrated into secular liturgical events, such as meditations, community meals/feasts, tea ceremonies, dance routines, multimedia/other technological contributions, art exhibitions, songs and other musical compositions.

All suggestions and materials will be organised according to ‘event categories’ such as the life-cycle and yearly-cycle events listed above, and themes such as health and well-being, sustainability, and kindness, compassion and the moral life. These will be kept in an open access repository for use by anyone who wishes to organise a private or community event.
The project greatly appreciates written and visual feedback about when, where and how the liturgies and related ideas are used.

This project is led by Dr Anastasia E. Somerville-Wong, a researcher at the University of Plymouth (English Literature).