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Atheist/ Secular Church

Does anyone belong to or have attended an Atheist or Secular Church? I have read a couple of articles in the last few years on them popping up here and there, but have never been close enough to one to have the opportunity to attend.

JustinPalmer 5 Apr 27
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So I think you are thinking along the lines of a Unitarian Universalism service. I have been toying around with going to one where I live. The thing I like about there services are it is more about community then the actual service.

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I think part of the problem is that calling it "church" is such a huge turn-off. There are a number of Meetups here in Florida (Freethought, Atheist) that have regular events with speakers and potluck, and lots of volunteer opportunities as well. One of my favorites (although I can never attend due to work) is that once a month the Freethought community contributes a secular invocation at city hall meetings! How cool is that!

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Definition of Church:

noun
noun: church; plural noun: churches

  1. a building used for public Christian worship.
    "the church was largely rebuilt at the end of the 15th century"
    synonyms: house of God, the Lord's house, house of prayer; kirk
    "a village church"
    a particular Christian organization with its own clergy, buildings, and distinctive doctrines.
    noun: Church
    "the Church of England"
    synonyms: denomination, sect, creed; faith
    "the Methodist Church"
    the hierarchy of clergy within a particular Christian Church.
    noun: the Church"

For the life of me I cannot understand how the words 'atheist' 'secular' and 'church' can be used in the same phrase.

We both posted at the same time - it's the word "church" that I can't fathom!!

Guess I figured they chose the word "church" in an ironic sense.

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Are you kidding? What are the best things about being an atheist is not having to get up early on Sunday morning! I so love my sleep. LOL

Cheri Level 5 Apr 28, 2018
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I want to. I’m very much in favor of having a similar community based gathering situation as I’ve seen and experienced the many advantages it can confer. Something more than a meetup, but less than, I don’t know, a cult... Looking to see if there might be something like that near to me. What do you think of the idea @JustinPalmer?

[americanhumanist.org]

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I went to an atheist meeting once. It almost felt like a church service. Next week, on a Sunday, they were meeting for a picnic. I like to be around fellow non-believers, but not like that.

We have pub crawls! 😉

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No. I would never attend one. Totally against my religion.

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Nope.

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I've wanted to attend this church for a hile.[en.wikipedia.org]

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I don't attend a church, but every Sun I get together for brunch with a group of Freethinkers on my area and we talk religion politics, etc

Once a month we also do something we call "Recovering from Religion" where we treat it almost like a church but with discussion of our various pasts and our current stances

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Actually, the Satanist church is pretty much that. They're atheist, and use the system to that end... They don't actually worship Satan. It seems like a big, inside joke, really.

There are different sects. You must be talking about The Satanic Temple.

@dare2dream yes, correction: you're right

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I attended a Unitarian Universalist congregation as an atheist for about a year and a half. They have no creed and are seekers of the truth. They are atheists, deists and god believers. As time went on, I realized they were not a good fit for me and I started going to Humanist meetings and Atheist meetings in my area.

Another group is Sunday Assembly also for non-believers.

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Nah. I'm not interested in any organized religious (or non) institution.

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Nah. I'm not interested in any organized religious (or non) institution.

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They're good for the community aspect and to organize against religious incursions, if so inclined. More and more are popping up or making themselves known.

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We have a few groups up here in western WA that meet just to discuss atheism. We found one in Tacoma that meets for breakfast once a month. Good friends. That's our 'church.'?

N7EIE Level 6 Apr 27, 2018
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I didn't even think there was such a thing. An atheist church?

It's church minus religion. The member meet and a leader and/or speaker (s) discuss a topics concerning the community. They sing songs ( I understand the Beatles are a popular choice). And the do community projects like soup kitchens and adopt-a-highway type of stuff.

...nor do I.. And what I remember from an IRS agent addressing our one-time chapter of American Atheists in Portland OR ...is that some form of religious belief was necessary to acquire tax exempt status.. We eventually ended up with a tax exempt (501-c-3) organization (United States Atheists), but it wasn’t considered a church. One of us could marry people though - and did 🙂

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