posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 04:08 PM
After the outstanding success of the first Sunday Assembly at a former church in London, the demand has spread and local groups are now being formed
across the UK, and as far afield as New York (US) and Melbourne (Australia).
Britain's atheist church is barely three months old but it already has more "worshippers" than can fit into its services, while more than 200
non-believers worldwide have contacted organisers to ask how they can set up their own branch.
But the Sunday Assembly's success -- 400 Londoners packed into last week's two services, while 60 had to be turned away at the door -- suggests many
urban atheists crave the sense of community that comes with joining a church.
In the last few days many groups have now been formally set up all over the UK for atheists to be able to celebrate life, enjoy interesting talks and
music, in an environment free from religious zealotry.
As one who does not believe in any gods I'm excited about meeting likeminded folks for quality discussion and enjoyable social networking. Religious
churches have that sense of community but now it seems we godless types can enjoy the same benefits without any mystical teachings which are clearly
unnecessary for social cohesion.
If you do not believe in any gods but look forward to meeting likeminded people in a rational thinking friendly social environment, then here's a
couple of links...
Oh, and any silly comments like atheist-church oxymoron or whatever, save the embarrassment of raising it here, the Sunday Assembly is NOT a church,
it is a regular meeting place for people who do not believe in gods, to be able to enjoy that same sense of community and celebration of life, but
without any unproven wild claims of magic and mystery. Everybody likes to be inspired through interesting talks, and most of us like to sing songs in
a social setting while enjoying the added benefits of a social group with shared views on life.
Looking forward to seeing how this grows. 32% of my home UK nation (Wales) declared 'no religion' in the 2011 census, 25% of England, it seems our
people are finally waking up to the idea that being 'good' is not inspired by [insert any gods] but more about compassion for fellow humankind. How
wonderful to have places for non-believers of gods, free from the damnation spouted by many who do.