Sometimes the truth is just too dull. But since you wanted to know...
The motivating factors behind selecting "Secularus" stemmed from a series of events and decisions. Predominantly, "Secular"-dot domains were already taken by the time we thought to register our own domain. Then, what started as "SecularMO" for state-wide efforts presented additional problems as we intended to expand beyond Missouri - which raised the question of domain-sitting and trying to register a series of unique sites for future expansion. Then we thought, why not U.S.? Hence, SecularUS. And the site is about developing a sense of us-ness. Better, but then it had that ring that suggested it might have actual meaning in a foreign language. Sure enough!
The term "secularus" is derived from latin, translating as "one who is a layperson" -- as distinguished from "ecclesiastical." (Note: Seculari is plural for laypersons)
Secular/ism, pertains to matters of the physical and natural world rather than that of the spiritual and supernatural. Matters such as physical health, hunger, pain, security, education, economy, civil rights, and human rights are all matters of secular interest. Consequently, the secularist perspective is the one that seeks the best natural solution to our mortal challenges. For our purposes, we intend to stay with more evidence-based material that has been scrutinized through valid research, critical thinking constructs, and empirical evidence. It is in this manner that our immediate efforts and resources will be applied.
Secularism has come to be strongly aligned with Church/State Separation. There is, however, little delineation between what constitutes natural vs. ecclesiastical interests in all things. Where church interests overlap with secular interests, our position is that our determination should ideally be based on merit as assessed through rational thought - rather than adherence to a dogmatic stance, religious or otherwise.
Secularus' projects and resources will not be used in direct support of promoting any religious ideology, religious organization, or religious doctrine as part of our efforts. However, as religious adherence plays an important role in the psychological well-being of many, we will not shy from including authored or interviewee positions on religious topics. We very much welcome members of various communities - to include religious communities - to work together towards our many shared goals within a universal secular/humanist mindset; to provide assistance on the basis of need where able.
However the term secularism may have been maligned, we embrace it to mean the shared natural worldly concerns that affect us all. We intend to do our part to improve the human condition from within the local communities or global reach and connection of resources. That will take an awful lot of "us"...
Watch this space to learn about the Secularus team, why we do what we do, and what we hope to accomplish.
Chad has been a strong advocate of secularist and humanist values spanning decades, and been more recently active in the U.S. secular "community" since 2014. Chad retired from 20 years in the US Air Force, of which he spent 14 years stationed overseas. He has seen firsthand the varying results of cultural, political, and religious cross-pollenation; and conflict. Chad is presently working towards his PhD (abd) in Public Policy & Administration with dissertation emphasis on atheist-related discrimination.
In 2015, he re-initiated the state chapter and presently serves as State Associate Director for the Secular Coalition for Missouri. He serves as Executive Director in his current project, Secularus, which will serve as a repository and network structure to match skills and interests with secular needs of local communities throughout the U.S. - with capabilities for global scalability.