There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church without God.
I STILL wish they wouldn't call it a church, and yeah, I mean the news reporters, not the organizers of the Sunday Assembly.
I saw this on a CNN special with Morgan Spurlock called "Inside Man." Quite honestly, I'm not at all impressed with the idea of non-believers imitating a church service; especially on Sunday morning. Strikes me as wanting to belong to a religious 'type' group, therefore they will mimic one without the supernatural mumbo jumbo. Emulate the religious. I have no desire whatsoever to emulate them or their social structure. Want to have a met up? Go to a bar or coffee house - and do it on a Tuesday.
That's what my local group does. Every second or third Sunday morning, around 11:00, we have our coffee meetups.
Of course there's the Ethical Humanist Society in Chapel Hill which does weekly secular services. I've only been to those once or twice, myself. After 18 years of weekly Catholic mass, I've had enough church-like shit for one lifetime.
It might be something of a generational thing, since almost everyone at the Humanist thing is 60+.
Aren't Unitarian-Universalist "churches" essentially godless? They are useful for non-believeing politicians to cover their asses....
Some Unitarian Universalists are theists, some are agnostics, some are atheists. I understand UU congregations vary tremendously. I know a third-generation atheist who's an active member of her UU church.
Depends upon the congregation. You get atheists in UU churches, but if anything, there's usually a surplus of gods, not a lack of gods. Lots of pagans. They all bring their own wacky god-concepts to the mix.
You get variation between UU churches, of course. For example, I've heard that the lead organizer at the Raleigh, NC UU church is seriously Christian, and he's trying to steer the church more in that direction. It seems to me that if you're going to push for actual Christianity, it's time to leave the UU church and go find an actual Christian one, but whatever ... I see no use for it, personally, so I don't really care.
I've been involved with my local Sunday Assembly group, actually, since it formed in January of this year. I wouldn't go to something like that regularly, after 18 years of weekly Catholic mass, but I think that something like this should exist for people who want it ... and they needed someone with a decent video camera to record it. So, I'm a regular, on the production side.