Do you miss the sense of community that organized religion can bring?

I just went to a Bar-Mitzvah for my 3rd cousin (or something like that) and it was a whole weekend ordeal. When I was watching the Orthodox temple service, they all were singing harmoniously and stomping their feet to the rhythm while having their arms around their fellow temple members; it made me really miss that whole feeling. It really was the first time that I missed being Jewish just because I know that Atheists or Agnostics don't organize to praise anything, if so its not in a serious way. This all was a unified feeling and it was all so happy! I think that part of what made it so nice was that whenever they referenced God they said Hashem so I never got that "someones talking about God..." alert to my brain( like the one you get when someone says your name and you are immediately called to attention).

I don't really know if their could or should be an alternative organization for non-religious people because it wouldn't really be of the same feeling but I was just wondering if anyone just misses the sense of community that organized religion can bring.

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Comment by Rich Goss on February 6, 2010 at 8:53am
I know what your mean. But I have that sense on fellowship in the '60s in hippie days. Earth Day is about adoration and respect for something real. Nature is our creator; we are made of the stuff of the planet. When humans hold dear in the future forests, rivers and mountains as they do plastic figurines now, I'll be an evolutionary leap.
Comment by Sonny Mobley on February 5, 2010 at 5:35pm
Noooo way. Although I must admit that I got laid waaaay more when I was a teen in church than I do now. :D

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