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Spiritual Civilization

GPC Affinity Group


The Spiritual Civilization Group is an affinity group of the Global Philanthropists Circle.

In 2012, a small group of Global Philanthropists Circle Members, all highly engaged and influential, self-convened around the notion that more should be done to increase consciousness, or awareness, in society of the ideals that drive members of society to help each other and work towards the greater good.

The ideals of love, compassion, purpose, altruism, ethics and creativity were named as core to this and their own work, and the question was raised as to whether these ideals could be promoted more broadly to create what they term spiritual civilization.

The Synergos Spiritual Civilization Affinity Group officially launched in January 2015 and has 100 global members. Through this initiative, Synergos supports philanthropists in order to:

  • nurture practices that increase their own spiritual consciousness and recognize the source and importance of the ideals of faith, love, compassion, altruism, purpose, ethics and creativity that personally guide and inspire them to help others;
  • more consciously link these values and practices to their philanthropic work; and
  • create philanthropic programs that aim to increase consciousness of the value and importance of the ideals of spiritual civilization within the broader society.

Synergos supports this group by offering platforms and programs of educationconnection and impact. During these virtual and in-person gatherings, members can learn from each other, as well as gain resources both inside and outside the Synergos community; connect and seed opportunities for collaboration and partnership; enhance the impact of their individual investments in spiritual civilization. 

This project is made possible through the support of grants from the John Templeton Foundation, Lunt Foundation and the Fetzer Institute. The opinions expressed in the project publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

For more information

                                                         VIRTUAL LIBRARY

Presence in Chaos with Peggy Dulany & Marilia Bezerra

How to Ignite Secular Spirituality with Marcelo Gleiser

Making Death an Ally for Living Our Fullest Life with David Less

Moving Beyond Empathy to Compassion with Barry Kerzin

Energy Healing with Jeff Walker, Jason Yotopoulos & Lorenzo Cohen

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Resilience & Wellbeing for Effective Social Change with Gretchen Steidle

Making Death an Ally for Living Our Fullest Life Series with David Less

Rx Healing Circles with Dr. Gail Christopher

Awakening Experiences: Spiritual Transformation in Everyday Life

Awakening & Beyond: Perspective of Great Completion Meditation

Consciousness: A Scientific Perspective

With A Little Help...All About Psychedelics



Personal stories are key in our members’ sense of self and mission. Key life experiences create shifts in awareness, leading members to the work they do now. Sharing these experiences is critical for understanding how spiritual practices can be strategically leveraged on a personal and professional level.

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Several practices help enable the ideals of Spiritual Civilization. They are centered around mental and emotional practices such as meditation and yoga, and more physical activities like dancing and walking. As a general theme, the purpose of these practices is to enable inner growth, which also empowers respondents to work externally with others. However, the foundational focus is on developing first on an individual level, and then to working and engaging with others.

Discussion at GPC Spiritual Civilization Meeting in 2015


Guiding values are key to the work that members do, and to their own sense of personal purpose and journeys. In 2015, 15 philanthropists in the Spiritual Civilization group were interviewed regarding their personal values and practices. In particular, love is a powerful value and driving influence.


Members of the Spiritual Civilization group lead a variety of philanthropic initiatives, ranging from volunteerism to mindfulness and meditation. Read more on some of the initiatives that members are involved in.

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Materials related to Spiritual Civilization work by our members, friends and experts in the field.