Monday, July 29, 2013

The Calgary Secular Church Constitution

A Constitution is a set of fundamental principles by which we agree to be governed. When presented with two courses of action, a Constitution allows us to choose the path that best fits our identity. It allows us to know what to do, even when we encounter completely new situations.

First Article: As much as possible, minimize real and potential suffering. As much as possible, maximize real and potential happiness.

This is our fundamental outlook on the world. All activity can be measured against this ethical framework.

Second Article: Sustainability.

The CSC is the ten thousand year church. We have no apocalypse to save us. We're on this planet for the long-haul, and we should plan for that from the beginning. If we are undertaking a course of action that we cannot sustain for the next ten thousand years, it's the wrong course of action.

Third Article: Build a durable local culture.

We should help create a culture that is inclusive, just, ethical, and wonderful. Humans need community, and the CSC aims to provide that community. The CSC wants to be the local church, the place people go to celebrate or mourn, for safety and support, to ease their cares and laugh.

Fourth Article: Build a durable global culture.

Like it or not, we are all in this together. With the advent of nuclear power, the Earth suddenly became very interconnected. We can no longer afford to believe bronze-age myths about the end of the world when we now have the power to bring that end about. Therefore, the final article is that we must work towards making this world into a global culture of people who look at themselves firstly as humans, then as earthlings, and only then a sense of belonging to any other group.

7 comments:

  1. "we must work towards making this world into a global culture of people who look at themselves firstly as humans, then as earthlings, and only then a sense of belonging to any other group"

    Just another group wanting to force its ideals upon the rest of mankind. Please don't use the label "ethical" to describe your constitution and activities. These are your beliefs, not common human ethics.

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  2. Hi, The.

    We are a group of people who want to make the world a better place, and have chosen these 4 guiding principles in order to do so. If you have issue with them, please feel free to suggest improvements or give concrete critiques.

    To simply disparage our efforts because we're "just another group" implies that no one can act to make the world a better place. I reject that completely. I will act, to the best of my ability, to the best of my ethics, to make the world a better place.

    Our constitution contains the article: "As much as possible, minimize real and potential suffering. As much as possible, maximize real and potential happiness." You claim this is not a "common human ethic". You're going to need to defend that view quite vigorously before I'm going to be convinced...

    Kind regards,
    Korey

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  3. Humanity is based upon us all working together to achieve a common goal. I think the constitution nicely summarizes what everybody should think about when deciding upon an action. I reject that we are just another group forcing ideals upon anybody. The Church provides interaction with people whom want to see benefit to all man kind. The only difference is that actions are done through proper evidencing techniques as opposed to a hope. There is a definite knowledge that the course of action will be measurable and reviewable in the event of anomalies that were unforeseen.

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  4. Does this church get government funding or tax breaks?

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  5. Hi Eso,

    We do not receive any funding or tax breaks from the government. We have applied for our charity status, which would allow us to issue charitable donation receipts, but we do not have this status yet.

    Hopefully that helps!

    Kind regards,
    Korey

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  6. Hi Korey, I'm a member of CFI Calgary (Having recently moved from Montreal) and would like to visit your church - or pub night.
    I note there are 2 addresses on the site and wonder if you would kindly clarify. Also, are you aware of a group called Oasis?
    Is your church a part of this org? http://www.peoplearemoreimportant.org/

    It would be great to hear back from you!
    Thank you,

    Eleanor Cowan

    www.eleanorcowan.ca

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    1. Hi Eleanor,

      Our pub night and Sunday service meet at different locations, so those are hopefully the difference addresses you saw. If not, let me know (we have had to move around a lot).

      We are not affiliated with Oasis (which I had not heard about until now), but they seem to be an organization who is attempting to accomplish the same thing as us. Thanks for pointing me to them.

      Hope to see you at a meeting soon!

      Kind regards,
      Korey

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