RNA newsletter – December, 2014

Greetings again to members of RNA:

Our plan is to send out a monthly email that we’ll call the RNA Newsletter.

It’s been a busy month. By word-of-mouth/email and in response to a posting at the NPR 13.7 Cosmos and Culture site we now have 212 members, 99 more since the November RNA memo. Welcome to you all! And please consider telling family and friends about us over the holidays.

We’ve received some excellent suggestions on RNA projects, both in response to the November RNA memo and in comments offered in member applications. Based on these, some items have already been added to our websites and some early work has started. Our modus will be to proceed with moderation, adding new (and perhaps more ambitious) initiatives after earlier (and less ambitious) ones are up and running. Here’s our first list:

  • Outreach (informing groups and individuals about RNA)
  • Internal communications (e.g. Facebook page and online discussion forum)
  • Enhanced offerings at websites
  • A Members’ Page where, on a voluntary basis, anyone can post information about their projects or interests, with links to additional websites. We’re looking at ways of doing this, but for an early sample, here’s a link to a page that describes what some of you have been up to.

If you’d like to volunteer to help on these or any other projects, please let us know
by sending a “Reply” to this email.

Here are links to some recent items at our sister website  http://religiousnaturalism.org

(Note: If you click on Follow in the lower right of our two websites, you’ll be sent an email when new items are posted).

We’ve come up with a logo (below) that we hope you’ll like.

We send our warmest wishes for the holiday season. And here’s to a fine 2015 for us all and for all on this amazing planet.

Ursula Goodenough
Religious Naturalist Association




RNA newsletter – November, 2014

Dear Members of the Religious Naturalist Association:

We promised not to flood your mailboxes, but on the other hand we think you’d like to hear from us occasionally, so here is the first of our newsletters.

First, if I haven’t yet welcomed you personally, please know we are excited to have you with us. We haven’t done a complete demographic analysis yet, but I am pleased to report that ~ 1 month post-launch we have 113 members from 10 countries and 30 states in the US. Our oldest member is 97 and our youngest is 21. So we are most encouraged!

Over the past two months, our main activities have been working on the website and recruiting new members. With these now underway, the Board of Directors wants to consider what activities to pursue in the coming year. We’ve assembled a list of some possibilities (see below), but we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking at ways of implementing our mission – of making the world aware of what being a religious naturalist is all about – and we want to try to do this in ways that will give a good return for energy expended.

Along with good ideas, we’re also looking for members who might be interested in helping to implement a given activity. To be clear, we understand that some members will choose to be “members only”  — activism is not required! – but some of you have already expressed an interest in engagement, and we for sure want to avail ourselves of your energies.

So please put on your thinking caps and, if you have ideas or suggestions, or responses to our preliminary list, or an interest in volunteering, send us a memo at RNAsecretary@aol.com.

You should hear from us again in a month or so with a summary of your feedback. In the meantime, remember that we depend largely on you to spread the word, so please tell friends and acquaintances about the website: www.Religious-Naturalist-Association.org. If each of us recruits just one new member, our growth will be exponential.

With warm regards,


Ursula Goodenough, President
Religious Naturalist Association