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I think it would be cool to join a lodge or the Masons or something, but they all require a belief in a higher power. Some people play semantics and call physics their higher power, but at the root of their intentions, they are just not secular-welcoming organizations. The Rotary clubs were suggested, but from what I can tell they seem like all work and no fun. I'm not sure what I'm even looking for. Community? Identity? I don't know.

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It's the Illuminati you seek. Give up your search, we'll find you when you're ready.

maturin1919 Level 7 Sep 13, 2018
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It's not a church-style group, but one of the things that most sold me on Big Brothers Big Sisters was that they are completely secular. There's lots of community and support and volunteering is a great way to help feel good about yourself. And they don't push religion (or frankly not-religion) at all.
My little brother graduated high school this spring after 8 years we've known each other. I strongly recommend BBBS.

RichCC Level 6 Sep 14, 2018
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Personally I don’t care for the exclusive nature and fake brotherhood of a club. Like religion or a frat it seems to suck in people who need an extra level of structure or can’t connect with people naturally. I’ve been recruited by the Elks several times but they seem to completely underestimate how offesive I find the requirement of belief in a higher power plus the culty stuff and flag worship is waaaay too weird for me. Of course, the lodges have cheaper drinks and steak night so they can’t be all bad. I know an athiest or two who sold out and flat out lied about their beliefs just for that.

Unimatrix907 Level 5 Sep 14, 2018
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evidentialist (the first commenter at the bottom) said that elks and moose don't have the god requirement. I checked the moose website and didn't see anything. So you're saying that you've seen first hand that Elks have the god requirement?

@JohnnyMarsz I did. It was on the application but this was about three years ago and word was the national whatever was looking and dropping it so mabye it is no longer. They wouldn’t let blacks in there as late as the 70’s so that always the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the Elks.

[google.com]

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If you have a local chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, that would be an ideal place for a guy like you to start.

zeuser Level 7 Sep 14, 2018
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That's a great idea.

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Start a band.

Gooniesnvrdie Level 6 Sep 14, 2018
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If you just want to be part of something You can always be part of the Flying Spaghetti Monster organization! They seems to be fun! 😬

Alebarros Level 3 Sep 13, 2018
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I can relate

Lredfor1 Level 4 Sep 16, 2018
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I believe in a higher power but I have no idea what power that may be. To pray to or worship this unknown power is very much ridiculous. I would not belong to anything that wanted you to bow your head, close your eyes, and then start talking to yourself. I would not want to belong to anything that dwelled upon a higher power. If you can get away from all this by all means join whatever suits you and don't worry about it.
My take here is that mankind only thinks they are the highest power. Without evidence we do not even know this for sure. Disease germs have been trying to take over for centuries. Cats might be plotting a rebellion.

DenoPenno Level 8 Sep 15, 2018
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Cats, for sure. Haha!

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I joined the Masonic lodge earlier in my life when I was still a believer and was trying, foolishly to get closer to my father. It is deeply religious and honestly every person that I know to be in it is a bit whack-a-drool. Most that I knew openly expressed that they truly believed blacks were not human but intelligent monkeys and I am sure worship Trump.

That is my experience anyway. The history was a bit interesting, how they formed and had to work in secret in Egyptian society.

KDrake Level 5 Sep 14, 2018
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In the end we are all just looking for someone to talk to.

Tompain1 Level 6 Sep 14, 2018
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In the end, it doesnt even matter.
Chester Bennington

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Well you could start your own group. Define it in a manner which meets your needs, add some things which might attract other members, set it up on Facebook or Meetup and see what happens. If it works great, if not at least you gave it a shot. No shame in trying to get something going.

creative51 Level 7 Sep 14, 2018
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Maybe the Crips?

weelittleone Level 7 Sep 13, 2018
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They have atheist meet-up groups in some cities, go to meet-up.com to search

lerlo Level 7 Sep 13, 2018
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...just walk into their meetings and start smacking the fuck out of people...do it!....it'll be a hoot!

goldenvalleyguy Level 7 Sep 13, 2018
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What are you interested in?
Check online or on lists posted on your local library bulletin board for community groups that meet for different activities..hiking, cleaning up parks, lakes, and federal nature preserves, playing acoustical instruments, bird watching, canoeing, reading groups, etc.

Go to meet ups with activities that match your interests.

birdingnut Level 8 Sep 13, 2018
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This is pretty deep, but I tend to agree with a lot of what you're saying...maybe there's some weird sex cult like in "Eyes Wide Shut" you can try to join. Those people didn't seem very judgmental.

Gator Level 5 Sep 13, 2018
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Moose and Elk do not have any religious requirements. I am not a joiner and have no need for that kind of camaraderie, but I don't see anything wrong with it, either. Here's an article from the NYT you might find interesting.

[nytimes.com]

evidentialist Level 8 Sep 13, 2018
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I have not studied in this area.....i have roots here but never went to job's daughters or eastern star. I think possibly it is empowering and honour space at the same time community and volunteerism.

Patternsdancing Level 4 Sep 14, 2018
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Look into similar organizations like the Grand Orient de France

PerbeMayhaps Level 6 Sep 14, 2018
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I joined the Masonic lodge earlier in my life when I was still a believer and was trying, foolishly to get closer to my father. It is deeply religious and honestly every person that I know to be in it is a bit whack-a-drool. Most that I knew openly expressed that they truly believed blacks were not human but intelligent monkeys and I am sure worship Trump.

That is my experience anyway. The history was a bit interesting, how they formed and had to work in secret in Egyptian society.

KDrake Level 5 Sep 14, 2018
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I am looking for community and fellowship. That is the one thing I miss from religion. I have heard of Sunday Assembly and have looked into that, but there are no groups near me.

LeslieV2 Level 5 Sep 13, 2018
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The Unitarians might be what you are looking for. Sunday fellowship with a humanist outlook.

@Anne209 Jerry DeWitt from Deridder, La. has a good take on this type of fellowship.

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I'd join the Masons but I think I'm overqualified smile001.gif I think they expect you to "say" you believe, not actually do it. It's like a coven and many of the top guys hold powerful/key positions in world religions, banking, farming etc. (call it infrastructure/vetting). Too authoritarian/egomaniacal for my taste. You might try Immortality Institute.

FynTul Level 6 Sep 13, 2018
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How about these folks: [americanhumanist.org]

DoctoralZombie Level 6 Sep 13, 2018
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I tried them awhile. Fairly interesting group, though smaller than I expected and a little self absorbed smile001.gif . If I ever move back to a large city I might give them another try.

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Any club that require you have a HP will be too dogmatic for your liking

jpouch1 Level 4 Sep 13, 2018
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I do a lot of volunteering and meet people that way. Fortunately I live in a large city with lots of humanists groups and for me a Canadian Club.

Green_eyes Level 7 Sep 13, 2018
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