The Guardian.com,on the same Assembly.
""If we do it in London and there are 400 people who come, that's brilliant, but if we find a way to help hundreds of people to set one up then we can have a bigger impact than we could ever dream of," says Jones. Their vision, he says, is "a godless gathering in every town, city or village that wants one".
It's not for me. Too introverted. I could see a small group - but even that in my community had its issues when it grew about, say, 20.
But I can see the attraction. For people who need the sense of community, singing together, drama in the pulpit, kumbaya, this looks like a great option.
Call it an association, a society, or a group ... just please ... DON'T CALL IT A CHURCH!
I was thinking the same thing. Calling it a church makes it sound religious!
I think only the Media and Facebook threads call it a church.
IF you call it a church you proclaim to the faithful that we are indeed a religion. Count me out please.
Free for anyone's use here:
A church is a crutch.
SECONDED! Any discussion?
All in favor? AYE!!!
All opposed? [crickets chirping]
Motion carries! Now let's go get a beer!
Dictionary definition of church:
1. "a building for public Christian worship"
2. "public worship of God or a religious service in such a building"
3. "the whole body of Christian believers; Christendom"
4. "any division of this body professing the same creed and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a Christian denomination"
5. "that part of the whole Christian body, or of a particular denomination, belonging to the same city, country, nation, etc"
I fail to see how "church" would be appropriate for a gathering of atheists.
Sorry, the word "Church" was what first came to mind. I think I saw that in an article as well.
Reminded me of the "You can call me...."
You can call it Fellowship. Or you can call it Congregation. Or you can call it Assembly. But you don't have to call it Church!
Sentient I loved this video. It's how my daughter got her nickname that stays with her to this day. And a lot of friends thought for years her last name was Johnson.
I really hope this thing grows. I don't care what they call it.
My whole approach to joining websites such as AtheistNexus, attending Meetups, and even just calling myself an Atheist is my way of fighting fire with fire to try and better myself. And I don't think its a sign of weakness to put it in those terms, it's just honesty
I'm from a red state where most people attend church, which creates difficulties for atheists trying to make friends and find connections. My observation of the church goers, as much as I hate to admit it, is that they are more connected and engaged with the local community than those who don't. But that is really only because of a lack of options for the non-church goers, not because they are bad people or don't care.
I've got to go with SB on this one. Not for Me! I understand the idea of people wanting to gather in groups and do the whole schtick involving kumbaya, having speakers reinforce your ideas by telling you what you want to hear, followed by the musical "feel good" interlude. But, if it makes them feel good without harming anyone, have at it.
As to calling it a church, I have the "Whatever - followed by a yawn" attitude. Although, I'm wondering why they don't call it a synagogue or temple. They probably won't call it a mosque because they don't want some lunatic jihadist to fire bomb it.