Just trying to build up some points here to get to that level 3, so listen up.
When attending a meetup for non-believers, I found that many of the attendees did not realize that the Unitarian Universalist church is accepting of and supportive of non-believers, atheists and agnostics. Some have Sunday services that are devoted to those beliefs. Most are also very supportive of the LGBTQ community answell as the homeless population so attending there might be a good connection to get closer to those groups.
I once belonged to a UU church, was on the Board of Trustees for 3 years, and found it a very welcoming place. There was a sense that the Pastor, himself, was an atheist, as I was, and had been since childhood.
I joined the UUA because my then wife, a "Fallen Away" Catholic wanted our child to b raised in a church context.
How could you have an atheist church service? Atheism isn’t a belief, it’s a rejection of a claim. It’s not possible to have an atheistic church service. Maybe you didn’t realize that you were saying that. I’m all for supporting equality and equal protection under the law but there is no belief system required to support those things. I truly believe that the charitable atheists are among the best of us all because they give because they want to not because they are scared of being tortured for eternity. Eternity...what a loving father..eternal torture and eternal praise and worship sound equally horrific to me. Thank god its bullshit. V
I was a member of a UU church for years, and I've been an atheist for a long time. There were people of every stripe there, and our minister was gay. In fact, she was one of the people who purposefully went to jail for marrying gay people in New York. If you're curious, her name is Kay Greenleaf of the the Poughkeepsie, NY congregation. She's a hero. There were lots of non-believers, pagans, traditional religious people. Sermons were typically about social issues, relationships, celebrations, sometimes from the bible or other holy book, but not always.
Been to a couple UU services but frankly, it feels a little too churchy. I might like the community but not the services.
We have an Ethical Humanist Society here too. They also are somewhat structured like a church. Services and Sunday school, but not religion based. It seems they are trying to fill a Sunday morning void.
Here, have a couple points.
I walked into a Unitarian Church and they asked me to introduce myself. I told them I was an atheist ordained minister. After the service I could not believe how many walked up and told me they were atheist! They pretty much ssid as a whole that they were there for the community. In other words they openly admmitted that they went there for social reasons. The church did do many community service projects but did not push religion!