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What would a Sunday morning agnostic/atheist community meeting look like?

I'm wondering if there could be an alternative to Sunday morning services for the agnostic-atheist. What would that look like to you? Community topic discussions, a presentation on logical thinking, Sam Harris or Christopher Hitchens videos, small group discussion, singing...what?

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Empty... we'd all be sleeping in with our demon lovers

Seeker3CO Level 8 July 15, 2018

^^^ THIS ^^^

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The group in my area meets every Sunday morning at a local coffee shop for “church.” Usual topics are current events. Nothing is scheduled, just a group of people chatting.

Sunday is my lazy day though so I rarely make it.

Marcie1974 Level 8 July 16, 2018
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I understand why you'd ask.

Sunday morning services are not just for worship, but to gather people.

One of the hardest things people admit to losing is that sense of community, once they've left their religion.

If it were up to me, it would be weekly news events, funny clips, relevant topics to the group, story telling, all based on attendee submissions.

Of course Harris and Hitch are invited anywhere I go.

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Athena Level 7 July 15, 2018
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I don't think it is needed. Religion needs the regular reinforcement of Sunday services, otherwise people might start to think for themselves.

Besides, isn't sleeping in on Sunday one of the best things about being atheist?

Strabo Level 6 July 15, 2018
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There is a group near me that meets on Sunday mornings for a bit of food and conversation. To me that would be enough.

Donna_I Level 7 July 15, 2018
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Look... We're already all here we don't have to go anywhere

Drsmash253 Level 7 July 15, 2018
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Why Sunday morning? What is wrong with Friday night, all day Saturday at the lake or any day or time? I would imagine it would be like a group of people socializing with many common and uncommon interests.

jlynn37 Level 8 July 15, 2018

I suppose sometime on a sunday would make more sense to more people than any other day due to work commitments etc. But we're getting into chicken and egg territory there, it'd be nice not to have to base a routine around an outdated religiously inspired routine.

@Salo Agreed.

@Salo I agree, but also there is the 7th Day Adventists and the Jewish people go to Synagogue anywhere from Friday night to Saturday night. So it seems religions have the whole weekend covered.

@AwarenessNow But we ain't religion.

Ok we need to claim our own day then. How about Monday? Renounce your god and get very Monday off work ?

@Salo Yeah!

Sunday morning is typically available.

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My local Freethought Society gets together on week and weekend nights and have dinner, or do speaker series, or just book club/discussion groups.

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Sleeping next to my demon lover also!

jess666 Level 4 July 17, 2018
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It would look like I wasnt there.

jacpod Level 8 July 16, 2018
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Probably a bit like some UU congregations, however, I wonder why it would be needed? I guess some people miss the community of church but for me it just is a part of the week when one can go out to the store or to breakfast and have things less crowded and less rushed because all of the sheep are in their various pens being spoken to.

PDF Level 5 July 16, 2018

Love your "Sheep in their various pens" line. I use to attend a group of like minded people but moved away. I am now living in a retirement home. I'm very active and have something going all the time. I have started a group of non believers here.

No creo en Dios!

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Venue local pub. Hopefully sitting around drinking tea or coffee with toast and marmalade and a full English breakfast if you wanted it. A discussion about the major sports on the Saturday, review of the newspaper headlines for robust and frank discussion. More tea and coffee, call the son in law to see what time lunch is going to be, a few games of pool or snooker then a brisk walk to our respective daughters for Sunday lunch. Obviously a roast with Yorkshire Pudfing and gravy.

Geoffrey51 Level 8 July 16, 2018
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Get up around 9-10ish (enjoy the morning at our own pace ?). Then maybe a cafe or public park meetup to enjoy an unauthoritative atmosphere. Share some anecdotes, ideas for civic participation, talk about making our communities better on our terms and maybe have a few laughs. If anyone wants to talk philosophy or metaphysics we can discuss some perspectives. Then finish it off with an acknowledgement of the world as it is and what we can do to live good lives, not for a higher power but, for those we care about.

That would suit me down to the ground.

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In poor weather: Sunday brunch, good conversations, cold Scarlet O'Haras & a designated driver.

In good weather: fishing, kicking back & enjoying the day.

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They exist. Google "Sunday assembly."

IAMGROOT Level 7 July 15, 2018

Thanks, I'll check it out.

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I like a nice Sunday brunch, and it might be nice to combine the two, breakfast and a lecture, with a discussion afterwards.

ldheinz Level 7 July 15, 2018
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Empty. I don't go anywhere on sunday.

Jacar Level 8 July 15, 2018
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Very relaxed compared to religious ones. No funky rituals or the need to dress up. Shorts, tee shirts and flip flops would be fine! Thats how I see this in my mind.

Stevil Level 8 July 15, 2018
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I used to go to church every Sunday without fail with a bunch of atheists. Once they'd shut it down a 2nd converted it to a fantastic climbing gym that is.

Salo Level 7 July 15, 2018
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In my almost 20 yrs if experience in these types meetings: they look like older white men. That's what they look like. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Just a little disheartening to me personally. Wishing more diversity so that I can feel hope.

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Like Monday morning

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I think it would look empty...

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