“The Society for Phenomenology of Religious Experience (SOPHERE) is a membership-supported international organization for philosophical phenomenological reflection on religious experience, as such reflection is related to philosophy itself, as well as to theology, and social and clinical sciences and practices. While our approach is grounded in continental philosophy, that is, the work of Husserl, Heidegger, Herring, Wahl, Marion, Merleau-Ponty, Stein, Fink, Henry, Levinas, and other early and contemporary phenomenological philosophers, we also welcome interdisciplinary reflection.
SOPHERE also supports educational projects in phenomenological philosophy and method, clinical and applied research, and conferences. It serves the world community by advancing knowledge in the phenomenology of religious experiencing, including different cultural traditions. It addresses the phenomenology of religious experience in its various aspects, historical, theological, sociological, philosophical, psychological, and other. SOPHERE does not present the views of any particular theological school nor of a particular religious organization but draws upon the broad spectrum of phenomenological approaches. The task of the Society is to clarify religious experience, to seek to understand its significance for individuals, groups, and societies, and to explore its epistemological and ontological implications. It invites intellectual contributions by researchers who represent different religious views, and authors who research both older and newer religious movements. The Society also seeks to provide researchers, pastors and other interested persons with the fruits of academic studies.”