Welcome, and the idea behind this site
We are two friends who have made a discovery: the value of becoming (or moving towards becoming) spiritually feral. Organised religion can have the effect of domesticating and taming us.
We think that other people are making a similar exploration, some while remaining inside institutional churches, some having already left them, and some who are coming from the position of ‘spiritual but not religious’.
This exploration can be a lonely business, so we hope to offer here a safe place where fellow travellers can share encouragement, experience, support and resources. Please join us if our exploration sounds like yours.
We want this website to be a cooperative venture involving like-minded explorers, so in that spirit, we welcome your comments (negative as well as positive).
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We have no idea where all this going. We don’t have a plan but we’re committed to a process. We've created this website to explore the idea, and we'd like your help.
Henry Morgan (Worcester)
Hugh Valentine (London)
"Spirituality.... has to do with the sense of the divine presence and living in the light of that presence. There are two basic aspects, therefore: knowing and being known by God, on the one hand; and responding, with the whole of life, on the other.... Spirituality has to do with life under God…" Stephen Barton (The Spirituality of the Gospels)
Feral spirituality is concerned with life under God beyond an institutional religious framework. It assumes that every human being knows enough of God, because God has revealed something of God's self to them, to be able to trust their natural intuitive response to God.
There is at least a hint of feral spirituality in everyone. For some it becomes stronger than a hint. It may be a calling that they hold comfortably alongside involvement in institutional religion; it may be one they struggle to balance with institutional belonging; it may be one that leads them to leave institutional religion; or it may be one that they have come to without any previous religious involvement. We are each on a spiritual journey and the part that feral spirituality plays in our lives will grow as we grow. To do so, and to flourish, it needs nourishment and support.
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Spirituality has to do with life under God… Feral spirituality is concerned with life under God beyond an institutional religious framework.