About Us

SecularActivism.org is the project of Partners for Secular Activism, a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization based in the Washington DC area. The President is John Shook, PhD., and you can email him at jshook@secularactivism.org.

The mission of Partners for Secular Activism is to facilitate education about secular, scientific, and civic issues and activities for the public. By bringing knowledgeable scholars and expert communicators together with audiences wanting more information about issues that matter to their lives, we will elevate the general understanding of reasoning, science, civics, ethics, and topical issues affecting the public. Courses announced by PSA are open to anyone, and they deliver educational value for everyone.

PSA isn’t yet another secular organization, and we aren’t seeking ‘members’ or ‘affiliates’. (Please sign up for email announcements, though!) We simply seek good educators who can communicate and instruct about real-world information and concerns. PSA does one thing, and we will do it well: provide an accessible and easy-to-use platform for online education, open to anyone providing educational value for their intended audiences. PSA is happy to work with educators and leaders, and link to organizations and their educational programs, generally aligning with PSA’s educational mission. Ask us how we can specially design educational courses and programming for you to offer as an educator, or for meeting your organization’s specific learning needs.

Educational aims and methods

Partners for Secular Activism focuses its educational mission on the public understanding of core areas of intellectual and logical competence, scientific comprehension, policy choices involving scientific information, civic issues affecting all members of society, philosophical and ethical insights, social and political justice, moral concerns confronting us as inhabitants of the planet, and emerging opportunities from technological advancements.

The technological capacities available for online instruction have reached an impressive stage of development. Based on our collective experience delivering online information through various kinds of internet venues, we are convinced that enhanced high-quality learning experiences should now be the norm, not the exception. We believe that educational experiences best happen when instructors and participants can be in close communication with each other, as much and as often as practicable. The specific online classroom experiences are described within the PSA announcements for each course.

The principal PSA ‘partners’ – its administrators and our roster of educators – together have an impressive breadth and depth of expertise reaching out to the public in our core education areas and many related areas as well. We come from diverse backgrounds, but we all have significant experience working with the public, and with local groups and clubs, on educational efforts. About half of us have backgrounds in higher education and teaching at the college level; the rest are well-educated too, taking on professional duties involving local- and national-level educational and activist efforts on civic matters. Watch our home page for announcements of additional instructors and their courses, about a month ahead of time before classes start.

PSA will recruit additional instructors for new kinds of education courses and events as we proceed, rather than try to settle on a static catalog of limited topics, delivering educational programs on matters of current interest and concern.