Some Members of GUST in Gwinnett County are doing a Sunday Service at the Unitarian Church. WE sent out invites to all GUST members. Any members of the Atlanta Atheist Community that would like to come are welcome. Worst case you can say you tried it once.

Here's the description from the GUST invite:

W e know that this is not for everyone. But if you are open minded on the subject, you are invited and encouraged to come to a non-theistic Sunday Service on August 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Gwinnett. Its title is “Incorporating a bit of Atheism into your Theology”. We’re not talking about God, but rather elements of naturalistic belief systems that are worthwhile.

The service will be affirmative of a naturalistic/secular/atheistic life view. For the nit pickers: The service is planned to be respectful of others as well, but will not endorse or advocate anything theistic or supernatural. The content, except for the Board Announcements, is being developed by GUST members. UU’s light a chalice at every service, but there will be no mystical or supernatural ties to the candle lighting. Lastly, as can be gleaned from the title, we will talk a little about how Unitarians might want to borrow some atheistic thought. So there will be some minimal talk on UU’s openness to various sources as a spring board to worthwhile thoughts and beliefs grounded in an atheistic world view.

There will be a fun part for children (and adults), that will encourage critical thinking and respect for what is really awesome and amazing. Music will be appropriate including work from an atheist composers and we may even sing the Freethought anthem, “Die Gedanken Sind Frei”. We plan a reading from Robert G. Ingersoll.

The service will include quotes from atheists/skeptics/humanists/etc. Laurie has a list of GUST Members who volunteered to read them. If you have a particular quote you would like to do let her know. Otherwise she will be in touch with you shortly. If you didn’t volunteer but would like to participate let us know.

Maybe this is a good idea, maybe not. But it’s worth trying at least once. If it works for you to come, we’d appreciate your presence. Mark your calendars and bring your friends!

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