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What has been your experience with humanist/agnostic/athiest groups that meet in person?

I miss the community and 'pause to think about being a better person' aspects of church, even if I don't miss the god part. Do church-like humanist groups exist?

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They're fun, and varied. A great deal of different opinions, and interesting people.

Nickreign Level 2 Dec 10, 2018
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I would never do a church like meetup, that sounds horrifying. There are meetups for non believers and skeptics in my area. We go to breakfast, or lunch, some members host potlucks in their homes. The people are interesting, and the conversations are engaging. I'm enjoying them and meeting new people.

AprilFlowers Level 4 Dec 9, 2018
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We have an informal group that meets in our livingroom. It's more like a 19th century salon I suppose, a gathering to talk about whatever new ideas are on people's minds.

Orbit Level 5 Dec 8, 2018
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There definitely are! Check out meetups for your area. Check out SundayAssembly.com, or another I've recently heard of is Oasis Network at peoplearemoreimportant.org. Good luck!

RhondaShotwell Level 5 Nov 28, 2018
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Thanks, I'll check those out!

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I went to a few 'Meetup' atheist groups. They were very male dominated and some of the attendees were rather socially awkward in person. But the discussions were worthwhile.

PalacinkyPDX Level 7 Nov 22, 2018
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They have not the courage to speak out loudly and without upset in a way that people will listen to.

Mcflewster Level 6 Nov 22, 2018
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I meet with a local freethinkers group that gathers frequently, there is a monthly volunteer opportunity to assist homeless folks in our downtown park (in honesty, I have not yet been able to attend, but plan to). Its a very vibrant and active group representing a wide range of ages and backgrounds. If you can find such a local group, I highly reccommend it!

Freethinkingxx Level 4 Nov 22, 2018
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That sounds really great. I wish there was something like that where I'm from!

@RationalThinker Maybe think about starting a group yourself? There may be others in your area that think like you do, but are too scared or shy to say so, and are just waiting for someone to break the ice.

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I never heard of one, I wish they did. I feel the same way. I am mixed race, in Canada ....what connects us to others? How do we build that sense of community away from the indoctrination?

Chooseluv Level 4 Nov 22, 2018
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I agree, that's something I thought was really special about a church community; it's people from all walks of life. You had doctors, janitors, business people, farmers, all kinds of people who I would otherwise never meet, brought together with a common belief.

It would be cool if you could have the same thing without the message of 'you are all sinners who require redemption'.

@RationalThinker I'd be there if you made one lol. Ya I wish we could get to know our neighbors like that. I think that connection is what's missing in today's world.

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There are folks who just want come for the drinks. There are a few who only want to argue or attack anything vaguely religious. There'll be one young woman acting a fool. There will be one young man acting sad/paranoid/nervous. It will be loud. Too many will be smoking.
They tip well.

heymoe2001 Level 3 Nov 22, 2018
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I've been to a few Oasis meetings. People seem kind and friendly. They tend to have live music followed by different speakers. Sometimes the topics are really interesting. You can look up to see if there's a local one at [peoplearemoreimportant.org]

Angelina Level 5 Nov 21, 2018
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My local atheist meetup is heavy on old white guys who want to argue about stuff. But also includes some 30-something folks who have become very good friends. Often, a casual meet up is planned with a book or question or topic to get the conversation rolling.

A couple of my friends went to a non-religious “church” service, held in an actual church. They found it weird. They sang pop songs and there was some kind of “sermon” but I don’t remember what about.

A2Jennifer Level 7 Nov 21, 2018
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That non-religious church sounds like it would be good for a laugh!

Please rise and turn to page 134 of your Humanist Book of Song as we sing together "All You Need is Love". lol

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