I'd love some outside opinions about this!
Along with a few other women, I'm starting a group (which will eventually be a non-profit) that provides empowerment programs for (pre)teen girls. Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive space in which girls can develop a strong sense of self, strengthen their connections with each other, and use their collective power to create positive change in the world.
However, we are having disagreements about some things. This group is a collective of women, who each have different programs they want to offer girls. SOME of these programs are spiritual - Pagan-y, coming of age rituals, involving Goddess Dance, explorations of the "Divine Feminine," moon magic, etc.
The programs I want to create and facilitate are NOT spiritual at all - the focus will be on things like promoting healthy body image, learning media literacy, strengthening girls' friendships and reducing competitiveness and feuding, developing girls' strength and self-confidence, etc.
My question is - is it possible for spiritual and secular programs to co-exist under the umbrella of one organization? Would you, as a parent of a (pre)teen girl, feel comfortable enrolling your daughter in a program if the organization also included programs with spiritual elements that do not resonate with you? That is, would you believe/trust that only SOME of the programs were spiritual, and that the secular ones were really secular? How could the organization effectively make this clear to you? OR, would you assume no matter what the organization said, that the WHOLE THING was infused with spirituality?
Thanks for your help!!