Skip to comments.Atheist 'mega-churches' take root across US, world
Posted on 11/10/2013 3:47:09 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church...The only thing missing was God.
Dozens of gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors are springing up around the U.S. after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year...
On Sunday, the inaugural Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles attracted more than 400 attendees, all bound by their belief in non-belief. Similar gatherings in San Diego, Nashville, New York and other U.S. cities...
The founders, British duo Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, are currently on a tongue-in-cheek "40 Dates, 40 Nights" tour around the U.S. and Australia to drum up donations and help launch dozens of Sunday Assemblies. They hope to raise more than $800,000 that will help atheists launch their pop-up congregations around the world.
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Sounds to me like Sanderson and Pippa are looking to get some quick cash.
I'll take Peter and Gordon.
Who is that masquerades as an angel of light?
They meet at Starbucks and the title is tipping the barrista.
They meet at Starbucks and the tithe is tipping the barrista.
So what? They all get together and talk about nothing?
Give thanks to nothing?
Sounds boring to me.
Shall we now sing that old favorite: “Give me that old time atheism.”
A comedian draws 400 to a show and its now considered a MEGA-Church?
Almost as sad as the LGTB(WTF?) yearly “national” meeting that drew 20 freaks.
But if conservatives draw a few thousand its an embarrassment.
I'm an atheist, and it sounds boring to me as well...!
Is Nothing sacred?
Churches need to fight this themselves. I think churches of ALL denominations have not been doing their jobs with the effectiveness they used to in decades and centuries past, and I somehow doubt it is not just me who feels this way.
the rise of the anti-Christ’s
ha they will never out do the democrat national convention
They praise themselves.
So it’s just like a Unitarian Church then?
I wouldn’t want to bet on that.
Athiest churches, isn’t that like gay marriages?
Good one!! LOL!! I wonder if they all boo God in unison like the Democrats did....
Sorry BHF, I thought you said, “...never do the democrat
Pippa and Sanderson.
Pretty darn close, I’d say!
Atheists have this pathetic need to be noticed.
If looks are anything to go by....I doubt if they are very funny comics.
Seriously, I'm an atheist, and I wouldn't waste my time with these people. What would we sing for Christmas?
"Still in the Night
O Come All Ye Ambivalent
Random Chance Rest Ye Merry Gentlepersons
O Little Town of the Occupied Territories
Hark, the Herald Ancient Aliens Sing
O Inclusive Night
We Three Democratically Elected Presidents of the Indigenous Peoples of Asia Are
The Height-Challenged Transgendered Percussionist Boy/Girl
Do You Hear What I Hear (Closed Captioning Provided)
Im Dreaming of an Ethnically Diverse Solstice
Would we sing from Handel's "Messiah", or would we change the lyrics? Whoops, it's not "Messiah", it's A Person Who Has Symbolically Had Vegetable Oil Poured on His/Her Head, Thus Signifying That He/She is Special (But No More Special Than Anyone Else!) Oh, and we can't call it an oratorio because that comes from the Latin "orare", to pray. We have to call it a cantata. How about these titles?
Every Valley Shall be Exalted (Until it is Equal in Depth to All Other Valleys)
For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth (Due to Anthropogenic Global Warming)
For Unto Us a Child is Born (Which is One Useless Eater Too Many for This Poor Overpopulated World)
There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field (Until the Government Turned the Field into a National Park, Confiscated the Sheep and Killed the Shepherds with a Drone)
Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind be Opened (And the Obamacare Fee be Charged)
And We Like Sheep (Which is Now Legal in
Three Five States)
Thou Art Gone Up on High (Cos that Weed was Truly Righteous, Dude!)
The Lord Gave the Word, Great Was the Company of the Preachers (Until the IRS Shut Them Up)
How Beautiful are the Feet (a.k.a. The San Francisco Fetish Aria)
Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder (And Screw the Bondholders)
The famous Halle-whoever Chorus
I Know That My Government Bailout Liveth"
Jeez, I don't know where to stop.
s’ok i may have mispoke sitting here mulling how afeared of islamism i ism
Sounds good to me; would be great for a big, captive crowd for God to show up for them and have them not be able to “unexplain” it. What do they un-celebrate when they un-meet? Un-god?
geez, isn’t one of the atheist “bennies” getting to sleep in on Sunday? kinda makes up for not having any holidays
well, except for festivus
Starting a new church? Sure worked for L. Ron Hubbard.
Church uses craft beer to lure new church members
um, don’t the Unitarians have many paths to .... somewhere?
If atheists have many paths don’t they all lead to nowhere?
I gave Peter and Gordon the nod over Chad and Jeremy because the former made an appearance on the Dick Van Dyke show.
Sort of like your typical Rolling Stones rock concert . . . without the music. Just bring your weed and you attitude . . .
I certainly do!
kinda makes up for not having any holidays
well, except for festivus
I can't think of a major holiday that doesn't have a secular aspect to it these days. I've always enjoyed Christmas...
The belief of nothing united no one.
Passing fad and like moths drawn to the light, eventually and soon their enthusiasm to wast their time in meaningless activities will be extinguished by flame.
Crazy eyes are crazy!
their bible could be Carl Sagan's Cosmos
Athiests can’t prove there is no God, so they must take it on faith.
Oh look, he’s got a contrarian beard. What an individual he is.
Naturally their god is government.
I don’t believe in the tooth fairy; not sure why I’d want (or need) to get together with hundreds of people to either celebrate or reinforce that mode of thought.
Odd they call them churches and gather like churches.
At least Elron was a decent writer.
He was not delusional about receiving some direct message from the all-mighty.
Their non-belief is a lie.
They all band together to try to convince themselves that they are right, but in their sub-conscious they are frightened children knowing that they are condemning themselves to hell.
They know there is a God and they are frightened of Him and band together for mutual support. In reality they are pathetic.
And this is different from Unitarian Universalist -— how?
What’s going to be their focus? Hatred of Catholics, Jews or anyone who believes in God?
Gee, sounds like the article has an agenda.
Don’t forget their sacrament of human sacrifice (abortion).
Some Unitarians believe in some form of deity, not all are atheist. The Wiccan ones are pretty freaky, though. Talk about conflicted. They’re no longer Christian, that’s for sure, and haven’t been for as long as I can recall.
How is this different from Unitarians?
This is a fad that won’t hold up. After a few times, the attendance will drop because it is a novelty.
Like saying you want to feast daily on eggs and at the same time wanting chickens to go extinct...that’s how absurd this concept is.