There is a significant and growing community that now identifies as spiritual-but-not-religious (SNR) and requires appropriate spiritual care. The UKRSC is a professional register of trained individuals who serve this community.
And there is a bigger picture, which is concerned with a cultural shift that has not yet been recognised or integrated into education, healthcare and government.
Although this new approach to spirituality — spiritual-but-not-religious — has been named and acknowledged (see for example Wikipedia), it needs to be represented in those bodies and sectors where other faith traditions have a seat and a voice. These bodies range from local interfaith and chaplaincy groups, through the regional bodies that set schools’ religious education curricula, to Westminster and the House of Lords.
This lack of representation is partly due to the fact that the spiritual-but-not-religious community is new and has not cohered into a movement with a clear voice.
At the same time its inclusive approach has sometimes given the impression of cultural appropriation, with some of its representatives claiming to be able to represent any and all faith traditions. This has understandably not been acceptable to those belonging to traditional faith communities.
The UKRSC provides a much-needed measure in representing this community.