UK REGISTER OF SPIRITUAL CAREGIVERS – RATIONALE

There is a huge section of our population that now identifies as spiritual-but-not-religious (SNR) and requires appropriate spiritual care from people who share their approach.

But there is also 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, it needs to be represented in those bodies and sectors where other faith traditions have a seat and a voice. These bodies range from small local interfaith 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 who are embedded in traditional faith communities.

The UKRSC provides a much-needed measure in representing this significant spiritual-but-not-religious community. In pastoral and chaplaincy contexts the UKRSC makes no claims to be able to represent or lead the worship of other faith traditions, but it offers humane, compassionate and deeply respectful spiritual care.  Our caregivers are service and community oriented and have a deep respect for all faith. Also, many of our registrants have roots in particular faith traditions. 

The UKRSC’s rigorous Code of Conduct, governance and policies demonstrate a mature and solid ethical foundation. 

The UKRSC seeks also to be a constructive partner in developing:

  • The Religious Education curriculum of schools
  • The training of healthcare and social services professionals
  • All bodies where other faith traditions give opinion, advice and counsel

 We look forward to working cooperatively with all interested bodies.

January 2021