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?
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.
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.
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.
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.