Not to long ago I read about A.C. Grayling’s humanist bible called The Good Book. It’s a compilation of essays, sayings, thoughts complied and organized like the Holy Bible. It’s been on my amazon wish list for a few years, one day I’ll get it and read it.
The article I read on yahoo today is way beyond just a book complied like the Holy Bible, it’s Atheist Churches…
It’s actually called Sunday Assembly and was started by two comedians in England. These assemblies take place in lots of cities in the U.K. and U.S.
Here is a funny video made by Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, the creators of Sunday Assembly.
Their motto is, “live better, help often and wonder more.”
That’s a great motto!
In the article on yahoo, Sanderson Jones says, ”There was so much about it that I loved, but it’s a shame because at the heart of it, it’s something I don’t believe in,” Jones said. “If you think about church, there’s very little that’s bad. It’s singing awesome songs, hearing interesting talks, thinking about improving yourself and helping other people — and doing that in a community with wonderful relationships. What part of that is not to like?”
The part he doesn’t like is the core of a Christian assembly and herein lies the problem.
Christian assemblies and now, atheist assemblies look a lot alike. What’s the difference between what he describes and what goes on in our churches? Not much at all! The BIG difference is in a Christian assembly we say God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Three (technically four) different words are spoken at a Christian assembly than atheist assembly. That seems off to me.
One way it’s off is Church is not a place, it’s people. We don’t go to Church on Sunday, we gather with the Church on Sunday. The Church meets in all types of different buildings, all over town but where we meet is not the Church…people are the Church.
Then the more I think about it, the more I love this atheist assembly. It’s beautiful. Sure, I want all people to come to know God, to know Jesus as the image of the invisible God and to be transformed by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. For that to happen, there needs to be spaces of commonality. The buildings where the Church meets, can be that place of commonality. As Sanderson Jones points out there is a lot to like about “church”. Maybe there is some common ground to be found. A way to learn from one another, a way to serve together.
The gap is only going to widen between religious and non-religious people until we find common ground, a place to meet, talk, serve together. There are millions of people who gather on Sunday mornings, I’m cool to add a few more. No, we do not gather for all the same reasons but at least for some atheists and Christians, we get up and get together in assemblies on Sunday mornings. It’s a start.