WikiTribune has now published a story on secular and so-called atheist churches.
In 2013, UK comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans formed a secular church called Sunday Assembly where people meet to sing songs, listen to guest speakers, celebrate life, and reflect on how they can improve their lives – all without any mention of God.
There are over 40 Sunday Assemblies worldwide with several thousand members. In an era of social media we are more connected than ever, but also one where, in the west, many people feel lonely (CBS) and increasingly identify as atheist (Vox). So will these people go to secular or atheist churches for a sense of community?
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Questions this article will seek to answer:
- Why do people go to secular/atheist church?
- What are the benefits?
- Did attendees used to be religious?
- Sanderson Jones – co-founder of Sunday Assembly, a secular church movement mentioned in a Guardian article
- Alain De Botton has some great thoughts on the subject. He also started the School of Life.
- Gretta Vosper, atheist minister at Toronto’s West Hill United church mentioned in a Guardian article
- Lee Moore, founder of The Godless Revival, an atheist church in New York, U.S. which split from Sunday Assembly mentioned in a Huffington Post article
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