Frequently Asked Questions
What is Uplift?
Right now, Uplift is a curriculum for families that combines the best of the ancient wisdom traditions (with their attention on the transcendent and ultimate purpose) and modern science (with its focus on rigorously testing falsifiable claims). As Uplift grows, we plan to adopt this framework to work for small, localized groups so families can practice spirituality together using our approach.
Put another way, Uplift is a method. We expect this method to evolve to best meet the needs of kids and families who believe in this vision.
Whether or not they belong to a specific faith, millions of new parents today feel that traditional religion is too limited for how they want to raise their kids.
This trend is both freeing and daunting. Where will new parents find a foundation to raise their kids with — one that integrates the best of their tradition while including the best of an expansive, scientifically grounded worldview?
That’s where Uplift comes in. We give a practical method for spiritual parenting — a foundation to help kids develop their natural spirituality.
Who is Uplift for?
Families with kids age 4-17.
Uplift is a perfect fit for families who have a habit of gathering together (at mealtime, bedtime, a weekend night, or a weekend day) to talk about things that matter most.
Our resources can also be used for families who want to weave meaningful topics naturally into everyday conversation without gathering together.
It works whether or not you belong to a religious community and regardless of your belief, as it pulls from wisdom traditions around the world.
What does a lesson look like?
Watch a demo of a lesson in the video below and sign up to get it delivered to your inbox.
What if my kids resist?
We offer a 14-day trial to see how it lands with your family. Test it out, free of charge.
Uplift is flexible. We suggest three different approaches, depending on your needs:
- Gather Together: Have a 20-minute sit down lesson together.
- On the Go: Use a single activity at mealtime, while in the car, or before bedtime throughout the week.
- Moments: Use a video, question, or prompt to build more meaningful interactions naturally throughout the day — one on one or as a family.
One of the benefits of Uplift is that our resources can blend naturally into your life. The Uplift experience can be as simple as saying, “Hey, check out this video…” or asking a single question and discussing it together as it feels natural.
Here are some additional ideas and tips:
- Put the lesson in your weekly calendar.
- Add the lesson to a weekly task list or chore chart.
- Combine the experience with a board game or video game your kids enjoy (20-minute Uplift lesson, 20-min game).
- Watch one video or read one story at breakfast, then discuss it in the car ride to school.
- Watch one video or read one story at dinner, then discuss it at bedtime.
- Look for lesson themes (courage, humility, forgiveness, etc.) as you watch a family movie together, then use that theme to discuss the related lesson topic later in the week. Combining the lesson with something fun will spark more engaging conversation, and quality movies almost always explore a universal virtue of some kind.
How do I introduce it?
If you already have a regular family gathering, introducing Uplift is simple and requires little to no work. Just integrate our lesson content into your gathering.
If you don’t have a regular family gathering, you can just share a video or question prompt naturally into your daily life. You might pose one of our questions during dinner, or watch one of our curated videos at breakfast.
It’s about starting a conversation about the topics that matter most.
Do I need to involve my whole family?
No. If some of your kids or even your spouse/partner aren’t interested, that’s totally fine. Use Uplift to start conversations that work for you, however that looks. It can be a powerful experience for one parent and one child — or just for a parent to sit with as they look for ways to make daily conversations around the house more meaningful.
What if I’m part of a religious community?
Some of our members are committed members of religious institutions and find the expansive approach of Uplift to be a strong supplement to their practice. We hold reverence for religious traditions while moving beyond the idea that any single tradition holds all truth, beauty, and goodness.
What if my partner prefers traditional religion or is atheist?
Uplift aims to be a way to find common ground between traditional religion and atheism. We pull from the wisdom traditions (including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.) as well as the latest peer-reviewed science.
That said, there’s no need to gather everyone in the family into an Uplift conversation. Members can use it as they see fit, and there’s no need to drag anyone into a conversation that doesn’t appeal to them.
How do I make Uplift a habit?
Here are a few simple suggestions:
- Bookmark our lessons page.
- Create a home screen icon for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices for easy access.
- Set a weekly reminder in your phone to do Uplift at a similar time each week (breakfast, dinner, before bedtime, Sunday morning, one night a week, etc.).
We also send weekly emails with a new lesson as well as tips about how to weave it into your natural conversation. In addition, we help you connect to other members who live near you, so you can form support groups. We’re invested in anything we can do to make Uplift easier and will evolve to meet your needs. Let us know what works for you.
Does Uplift require particular beliefs?
No, it’s a method for spiritual parenting that’s compatible with a range of personal beliefs or non-beliefs.
Why the .org URL?
We are structured as a business, but are considerably different from a typical company. One of our core principles, for instance, is that all surplus is reinvested in the enterprise, distributed to our stakeholders, or donated to charity. In other words, we’re steward-owned and not subject to return-driven investors or wealthy philanthropists looking for quarterly growth, a payout, or a project they can control. As such, we hold a space that doesn’t cleanly fit as a .com or a .org. The needs of the Uplift community come first. To learn more, see our Sacred Economy page.
Why does Uplift cost money?
To date, we’ve worked for more than a year building Uplift as a labor of love, finding time for it around our other activities. All money earned has gone into savings for future use. Eventually, we want to make Uplift sustainable for a small team so that we can give families who feel spiritually unmoored a community we all can grow with.
Making this vision a reality requires an exchange of money and commitment. Our promise is that we will do whatever best feeds the natural growth of this community.
We believe the benefits of Uplift accumulate over time and that by implementing our resources you have more meaningful conversations and will see deep transformation in your home. We hope you’ll become a member.
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