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Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

non′sec·tar′i·an·ism n.


not narrow-minded, esp as a result of rigid adherence to a particular sect; broad-minded


(ˌnɒn sɛkˈtɛər i ən)

not affiliated with or limited to a specific religious denomination.
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Adj.1.nonsectarian - not restricted to one sect or school or partynonsectarian - not restricted to one sect or school or party; "religious training in a nonsectarian atmosphere"; "nonsectarian colleges"; "a wide and unsectarian interest in religion"- Bertrand Russell
sectarian - belonging to or characteristic of a sect; "a sectarian mind"; "the negations of sectarian ideology"- Sidney Hook; "sectarian squabbles in psychology"
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Overall, people and judges were not sympathetic to Catholic complaints about prayer and Bible reading because it threatened their accepted assumptions about the universality of nonsectarian education.
The best likely result, however, is a court order to use nonsectarian prayers instead, an imperfect solution to many humanists.
The support comes amid a pending legislative bill that would authorize the state to create a nonsectarian Bible elective curriculum.
National Jewish, a nonsectarian and nonprofit institution, has been ranked the number one respiratory hospital in the country for the past nine consecutive years by U.
The ruling orders that if prayer is used it "must be nonsectarian and must not be used to proselytize or advance any one faith or belief or to disparage any other faith or belief.
The guidelines also say that "public prayer should not usually be included" in official meetings, classes or sporting events, although "a brief nonsectarian prayer" may be recited in ceremonies of special importance.
1) Using the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) 1999-2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) data file, this Issue Brief looks within the private sector to investigate teacher-perceived school organizational characteristics, and relationships between these characteristics and teacher turnover in Catholic, other religious, and nonsectarian private schools.
Although their roots may indeed have been intertwined with those elements, they claim to have long since abandoned their leftist ideology in favor of a commitment to overthrow the regime in Tehran and replace it with a nonsectarian, democratic government.
Compiled by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye (1813-1899), a crucial figure in eastern Tibet's nonsectarian movement, and skillfully translated into English by trained linguists and practitioners of Buddhism Elio Guarisco and Ingrid Loken McLeod, Systems of Buddhist Tantra offers a systematic exposition upon the tantric path, often called "the indestructible way of secret mantra", which is the union of wisdom (the understanding of emptiness) and method (immutable great bliss).
org) is a volunteer group that travels twice each year to rural Chiapas, Mexico, to provide free medical and dental care to the indigenous Zoque people of the region, it is a nonsectarian, New Jersey nonprofit corporation and reports that it has received IRS designation as a tax-exempt publicly funded foundation.
Berea, a nonsectarian Christian college, was founded in 1855 as the first interracial and co-educational IHE in the South.