‘Atheist Church’ that’s going global set to launch in Bournemouth

SINGING: A Sunday Assembly in progress

SINGING: A Sunday Assembly in progress

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A SUNDAY celebration which has been dubbed the ‘Atheist church’ is coming to Bournemouth.

The Sunday Assembly is to launch in the town on September 28 and is looking for a venue.

A meeting is being held this weekend to see who is interested in taking part.

The idea has taken off since the Sunday Assembly was launched in London in 2013 and there are now 26 across the world.

Organisers from Dorset approached the organisation’s HQ for setting up their own congregation.

The Sunday Assembly was founded in London in January 2013 by comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans as “all the best bits of church but without the religion, and with awesome pop songs”.

Each service is based around a theme, with a guest speaker, poet and songs.

Sanderson Jones said: “We welcome everyone from across the world to join our wonderful movement. We didn’t expect to go global – but it sure is fun!”

The Sunday Assembly’s motto is “Live better, help often and wonder more.”

The organisers added: “The aim is for people to leave energised, vitalised, restored, repaired, refreshed and recharged. No matter what the subject of the assembly, it will solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a touch of transcendence into the everyday. Sunday Assembly Bournemouth will be a house of love and compassion, where, no matter what your situation, you are welcomed, accepted and loved.

The group, which recently held an initial meeting in Flirt cafe bar at the Triangle, already has a Facebook page called Sunday Assembly Bournemouth.

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1:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Pablo23 says...

Fair enough.

A misnomer to call it a church though.
More a get together.
Fair enough. A misnomer to call it a church though. More a get together. Pablo23
  • Score: 12

1:27pm Tue 29 Jul 14

bsjc1234 says...

Dear oh dear oh dear, what is our once premier resort becoming? what next will the council sponsor the annual 'atheist carnival' that some one will undoubtedly come up with.
Dear oh dear oh dear, what is our once premier resort becoming? what next will the council sponsor the annual 'atheist carnival' that some one will undoubtedly come up with. bsjc1234
  • Score: -39

1:49pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

Religion drives many honest and good people away because it concentrates on "faith" which is increasingly difficult to accept in today's scientifically enlightened world. If this new concept brings together individuals who are not necessarily religious but want to “Live better, help often and wonder more”, then I think it is a great idea.
Religion drives many honest and good people away because it concentrates on "faith" which is increasingly difficult to accept in today's scientifically enlightened world. If this new concept brings together individuals who are not necessarily religious but want to “Live better, help often and wonder more”, then I think it is a great idea. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 49

3:11pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Sir Cliff West says...

Good idea. I might go. Meeting fellow infidels would be nice.
Good idea. I might go. Meeting fellow infidels would be nice. Sir Cliff West
  • Score: 14

6:59pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

It shouldn't be called a church as that is a place of worship for Christians, just as a mosque is for Muslims. They should find a better name - maybe the collective noun for atheists whatever that is!
It shouldn't be called a church as that is a place of worship for Christians, just as a mosque is for Muslims. They should find a better name - maybe the collective noun for atheists whatever that is! Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 1

7:38pm Tue 29 Jul 14

nickynoodah says...

**** it
that's all Mr Noodah has to say on this one.
you know it is
**** it that's all Mr Noodah has to say on this one. you know it is nickynoodah
  • Score: -4

8:33pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Lewcee says...

They DON'T call it a "church". It is an assembly, (where people assemble), or a meeting, (where people meet). Stupid article, worse comments...brings to mind "Stupid you are, breed you should not". Let them do what they want, the bloodthirsty believers will purge them some day - look at history. Different tribe, different belief, different colour, different orientation...die, mutant, my God forbids your existence...So sad, so stupid, so wasteful of good food. (Oh, sorry, didn't I say? Don't waste good food).
They DON'T call it a "church". It is an assembly, (where people assemble), or a meeting, (where people meet). Stupid article, worse comments...brings to mind "Stupid you are, breed you should not". Let them do what they want, the bloodthirsty believers will purge them some day - look at history. Different tribe, different belief, different colour, different orientation...die, mutant, my God forbids your existence...So sad, so stupid, so wasteful of good food. (Oh, sorry, didn't I say? Don't waste good food). Lewcee
  • Score: 0

8:48pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Pablo23 says...

Lewcee wrote:
They DON'T call it a "church". It is an assembly, (where people assemble), or a meeting, (where people meet). Stupid article, worse comments...brings to mind "Stupid you are, breed you should not". Let them do what they want, the bloodthirsty believers will purge them some day - look at history. Different tribe, different belief, different colour, different orientation...die, mutant, my God forbids your existence...So sad, so stupid, so wasteful of good food. (Oh, sorry, didn't I say? Don't waste good food).
Maybe it was the Echo that labelled it "Athiest Church", but I'm sure I read it somewhere. I'll check.... yes, there it is at the top of the article. Ps calm down
[quote][p][bold]Lewcee[/bold] wrote: They DON'T call it a "church". It is an assembly, (where people assemble), or a meeting, (where people meet). Stupid article, worse comments...brings to mind "Stupid you are, breed you should not". Let them do what they want, the bloodthirsty believers will purge them some day - look at history. Different tribe, different belief, different colour, different orientation...die, mutant, my God forbids your existence...So sad, so stupid, so wasteful of good food. (Oh, sorry, didn't I say? Don't waste good food).[/p][/quote]Maybe it was the Echo that labelled it "Athiest Church", but I'm sure I read it somewhere. I'll check.... yes, there it is at the top of the article. Ps calm down Pablo23
  • Score: 4

11:00pm Tue 29 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

What is an 'atheist church' ? And who 'dubbed it' so? Thsi then raises the question of the quality of the 'journalism' in the Echo.
What is an 'atheist church' ? And who 'dubbed it' so? Thsi then raises the question of the quality of the 'journalism' in the Echo. whataboutthat
  • Score: 4

11:07pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

Pablo23 wrote:
Fair enough.

A misnomer to call it a church though.
More a get together.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matt. 18:20)

Sounds to me that Jesus said a get together can be a church.

Two or three. Priests and Panoply absent. Works for me.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: Fair enough. A misnomer to call it a church though. More a get together.[/p][/quote]For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matt. 18:20) Sounds to me that Jesus said a get together can be a church. Two or three. Priests and Panoply absent. Works for me. Yankee1
  • Score: -1

11:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

EGHH says...

Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.
Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist. EGHH
  • Score: 19

2:36pm Wed 30 Jul 14

scrumpyjack says...

I don't mean to be pedantic but it isn't a church

The definition of a church 'a building used for public Christian worship'.
I don't mean to be pedantic but it isn't a church The definition of a church 'a building used for public Christian worship'. scrumpyjack
  • Score: -1

8:58pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Adrian XX says...

EGHH wrote:
Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.
This is an odd conclusion. Christianity teaches only peace - "Blessed are the peacemakers", meekness - "blessed are the meek" and love - "love your enemies". Therefore it is highly disingenuous to say that Christianity causes hatred. There may well be an ASSOCIATION at certain times between the people who call themselves Christians and hatred, but the actual religion itself is not the CAUSE.
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.[/p][/quote]This is an odd conclusion. Christianity teaches only peace - "Blessed are the peacemakers", meekness - "blessed are the meek" and love - "love your enemies". Therefore it is highly disingenuous to say that Christianity causes hatred. There may well be an ASSOCIATION at certain times between the people who call themselves Christians and hatred, but the actual religion itself is not the CAUSE. Adrian XX
  • Score: -4

10:18pm Wed 30 Jul 14

COEXISTential says...

Adrian XX wrote:
EGHH wrote:
Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.This is an odd conclusion. Christianity teaches only peace - "Blessed are the peacemakersAdrian XX, have you read the Old Testament? There's nothing peaceful about submission to a jealous master who suborns genocide. Or, if you prefer the New Testament in discussions about Christianity (despite the fact that without the OT there is no Fall, thus no need for salvation), then consider Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.[/p][/quote]This is an odd conclusion. Christianity teaches only peace - "Blessed are the peacemakersAdrian XX, have you read the Old Testament? There's nothing peaceful about submission to a jealous master who suborns genocide. Or, if you prefer the New Testament in discussions about Christianity (despite the fact that without the OT there is no Fall, thus no need for salvation), then consider Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. COEXISTential
  • Score: 3

8:28am Thu 31 Jul 14

Stereotyped says...

Adrian XX wrote:
EGHH wrote:
Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.
This is an odd conclusion. Christianity teaches only peace - "Blessed are the peacemakers", meekness - "blessed are the meek" and love - "love your enemies". Therefore it is highly disingenuous to say that Christianity causes hatred. There may well be an ASSOCIATION at certain times between the people who call themselves Christians and hatred, but the actual religion itself is not the CAUSE.
Brainwashed...

What about the part where you all forgive your "sins" surely you shouldn't have even sinned in the first place...let alone just say them to someone who is apparently in some way linked to 'god' and can forgive you just like that at the click of a finger...

Have fun reading your fairy tale fictional book.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.[/p][/quote]This is an odd conclusion. Christianity teaches only peace - "Blessed are the peacemakers", meekness - "blessed are the meek" and love - "love your enemies". Therefore it is highly disingenuous to say that Christianity causes hatred. There may well be an ASSOCIATION at certain times between the people who call themselves Christians and hatred, but the actual religion itself is not the CAUSE.[/p][/quote]Brainwashed... What about the part where you all forgive your "sins" surely you shouldn't have even sinned in the first place...let alone just say them to someone who is apparently in some way linked to 'god' and can forgive you just like that at the click of a finger... Have fun reading your fairy tale fictional book. Stereotyped
  • Score: 2

9:45am Thu 31 Jul 14

Adrian XX says...

Stereotyped wrote:
Adrian XX wrote:
EGHH wrote:
Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.
This is an odd conclusion. Christianity teaches only peace - "Blessed are the peacemakers", meekness - "blessed are the meek" and love - "love your enemies". Therefore it is highly disingenuous to say that Christianity causes hatred. There may well be an ASSOCIATION at certain times between the people who call themselves Christians and hatred, but the actual religion itself is not the CAUSE.
Brainwashed...

What about the part where you all forgive your "sins" surely you shouldn't have even sinned in the first place...let alone just say them to someone who is apparently in some way linked to 'god' and can forgive you just like that at the click of a finger...

Have fun reading your fairy tale fictional book.
I am not a religious person and haven't been near a church in years.

But to analyse your comment... according to Christian doctrine: yes, you quote it accurately: no one should have sinned and God forgives sins. So what? I am not sure what information you are trying to glean by asking "what about the part...?".
[quote][p][bold]Stereotyped[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.[/p][/quote]This is an odd conclusion. Christianity teaches only peace - "Blessed are the peacemakers", meekness - "blessed are the meek" and love - "love your enemies". Therefore it is highly disingenuous to say that Christianity causes hatred. There may well be an ASSOCIATION at certain times between the people who call themselves Christians and hatred, but the actual religion itself is not the CAUSE.[/p][/quote]Brainwashed... What about the part where you all forgive your "sins" surely you shouldn't have even sinned in the first place...let alone just say them to someone who is apparently in some way linked to 'god' and can forgive you just like that at the click of a finger... Have fun reading your fairy tale fictional book.[/p][/quote]I am not a religious person and haven't been near a church in years. But to analyse your comment... according to Christian doctrine: yes, you quote it accurately: no one should have sinned and God forgives sins. So what? I am not sure what information you are trying to glean by asking "what about the part...?". Adrian XX
  • Score: 0

10:01am Thu 31 Jul 14

Stereotyped says...

Adrian XX wrote:
Stereotyped wrote:
Adrian XX wrote:
EGHH wrote:
Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.
This is an odd conclusion. Christianity teaches only peace - "Blessed are the peacemakers", meekness - "blessed are the meek" and love - "love your enemies". Therefore it is highly disingenuous to say that Christianity causes hatred. There may well be an ASSOCIATION at certain times between the people who call themselves Christians and hatred, but the actual religion itself is not the CAUSE.
Brainwashed...

What about the part where you all forgive your "sins" surely you shouldn't have even sinned in the first place...let alone just say them to someone who is apparently in some way linked to 'god' and can forgive you just like that at the click of a finger...

Have fun reading your fairy tale fictional book.
I am not a religious person and haven't been near a church in years.

But to analyse your comment... according to Christian doctrine: yes, you quote it accurately: no one should have sinned and God forgives sins. So what? I am not sure what information you are trying to glean by asking "what about the part...?".
It is a contradiction, that is what I am getting at.

Religious people put themselves in a self righteous light that they are better than thou and they have never done anything wrong...

Yet they are allowed to sin and be forgiven, just like that.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stereotyped[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: Religion causes more wars and hatred than any other belief system. I'm glad to be an Atheist.[/p][/quote]This is an odd conclusion. Christianity teaches only peace - "Blessed are the peacemakers", meekness - "blessed are the meek" and love - "love your enemies". Therefore it is highly disingenuous to say that Christianity causes hatred. There may well be an ASSOCIATION at certain times between the people who call themselves Christians and hatred, but the actual religion itself is not the CAUSE.[/p][/quote]Brainwashed... What about the part where you all forgive your "sins" surely you shouldn't have even sinned in the first place...let alone just say them to someone who is apparently in some way linked to 'god' and can forgive you just like that at the click of a finger... Have fun reading your fairy tale fictional book.[/p][/quote]I am not a religious person and haven't been near a church in years. But to analyse your comment... according to Christian doctrine: yes, you quote it accurately: no one should have sinned and God forgives sins. So what? I am not sure what information you are trying to glean by asking "what about the part...?".[/p][/quote]It is a contradiction, that is what I am getting at. Religious people put themselves in a self righteous light that they are better than thou and they have never done anything wrong... Yet they are allowed to sin and be forgiven, just like that. Stereotyped
  • Score: -1

11:15am Thu 31 Jul 14

Adrian XX says...

Religious people put themselves in a self righteous light that they are better than thou and they have never done anything wrong

Really? I am pretty sure they do not do that. Are there any examples?

And even if there are some that do that, it is totally contrary to Christian teaching. (See the parable of the pharisee and the tax-collector for example).
[quote]Religious people put themselves in a self righteous light that they are better than thou and they have never done anything wrong[/quote] Really? I am pretty sure they do not do that. Are there any examples? And even if there are some that do that, it is totally contrary to Christian teaching. (See the parable of the pharisee and the tax-collector for example). Adrian XX
  • Score: 1

5:24pm Thu 31 Jul 14

benny17 says...

bsjc1234 wrote:
Dear oh dear oh dear, what is our once premier resort becoming? what next will the council sponsor the annual 'atheist carnival' that some one will undoubtedly come up with.
Why not an 'Atheist Carnival' however BU already hold a festival of learning which is more or less the same thing.
whats wrong in going good for the sake of going good & feeling positive about the out come or gathering to promote wonder in universe & scientific discovery. doing good for the promise of an after life or for a reward is not really going good, just a selfish act of self promotion. i for one will be glad when all religions are gone & we can life in peaceful & advance world
[quote][p][bold]bsjc1234[/bold] wrote: Dear oh dear oh dear, what is our once premier resort becoming? what next will the council sponsor the annual 'atheist carnival' that some one will undoubtedly come up with.[/p][/quote]Why not an 'Atheist Carnival' however BU already hold a festival of learning which is more or less the same thing. whats wrong in going good for the sake of going good & feeling positive about the out come or gathering to promote wonder in universe & scientific discovery. doing good for the promise of an after life or for a reward is not really going good, just a selfish act of self promotion. i for one will be glad when all religions are gone & we can life in peaceful & advance world benny17
  • Score: 1

5:54pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Adrian XX says...

benny17 wrote:
bsjc1234 wrote:
Dear oh dear oh dear, what is our once premier resort becoming? what next will the council sponsor the annual 'atheist carnival' that some one will undoubtedly come up with.
Why not an 'Atheist Carnival' however BU already hold a festival of learning which is more or less the same thing.
whats wrong in going good for the sake of going good & feeling positive about the out come or gathering to promote wonder in universe & scientific discovery. doing good for the promise of an after life or for a reward is not really going good, just a selfish act of self promotion. i for one will be glad when all religions are gone & we can life in peaceful & advance world
Learning about Tourism Management? BU is an anti-science university.
[quote][p][bold]benny17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bsjc1234[/bold] wrote: Dear oh dear oh dear, what is our once premier resort becoming? what next will the council sponsor the annual 'atheist carnival' that some one will undoubtedly come up with.[/p][/quote]Why not an 'Atheist Carnival' however BU already hold a festival of learning which is more or less the same thing. whats wrong in going good for the sake of going good & feeling positive about the out come or gathering to promote wonder in universe & scientific discovery. doing good for the promise of an after life or for a reward is not really going good, just a selfish act of self promotion. i for one will be glad when all religions are gone & we can life in peaceful & advance world[/p][/quote]Learning about Tourism Management? BU is an anti-science university. Adrian XX
  • Score: -1

7:25pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Passionflower says...

Maybe Christianity/Islam/J
udaism/Hinduism etc are supposed to promote peace and love according to their holy books, but I've yet to see any evidence of it in reality, and that's what counts. That in itself is debatable, when they all condemn and judge people, producing bigots, racists and homophobes, and exacerbating hate crime. I for one don't need an out-dated fairy tale written hundreds of years after the supposed existence of its main character, to teach me morality, as I know the difference between right and wrong all by myself. The Christian God is just one of the 3000 or so gods that I don't believe in (and incidentally Bournemouth is not just an Arts University, there are many science-based courses, such as forensics, physiotherapy, biology and archaeology).
Maybe Christianity/Islam/J udaism/Hinduism etc are supposed to promote peace and love according to their holy books, but I've yet to see any evidence of it in reality, and that's what counts. That in itself is debatable, when they all condemn and judge people, producing bigots, racists and homophobes, and exacerbating hate crime. I for one don't need an out-dated fairy tale written hundreds of years after the supposed existence of its main character, to teach me morality, as I know the difference between right and wrong all by myself. The Christian God is just one of the 3000 or so gods that I don't believe in (and incidentally Bournemouth is not just an Arts University, there are many science-based courses, such as forensics, physiotherapy, biology and archaeology). Passionflower
  • Score: 0

10:09pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Pablo23 says...

Passionflower wrote:
Maybe Christianity/Islam/J

udaism/Hinduism etc are supposed to promote peace and love according to their holy books, but I've yet to see any evidence of it in reality, and that's what counts. That in itself is debatable, when they all condemn and judge people, producing bigots, racists and homophobes, and exacerbating hate crime. I for one don't need an out-dated fairy tale written hundreds of years after the supposed existence of its main character, to teach me morality, as I know the difference between right and wrong all by myself. The Christian God is just one of the 3000 or so gods that I don't believe in (and incidentally Bournemouth is not just an Arts University, there are many science-based courses, such as forensics, physiotherapy, biology and archaeology).
Well said. And the thing these religious people fail to recognise is that they are also athiests. They are athiests to 2999 gods and we are athiests to 3000 (give or take a few)
[quote][p][bold]Passionflower[/bold] wrote: Maybe Christianity/Islam/J udaism/Hinduism etc are supposed to promote peace and love according to their holy books, but I've yet to see any evidence of it in reality, and that's what counts. That in itself is debatable, when they all condemn and judge people, producing bigots, racists and homophobes, and exacerbating hate crime. I for one don't need an out-dated fairy tale written hundreds of years after the supposed existence of its main character, to teach me morality, as I know the difference between right and wrong all by myself. The Christian God is just one of the 3000 or so gods that I don't believe in (and incidentally Bournemouth is not just an Arts University, there are many science-based courses, such as forensics, physiotherapy, biology and archaeology).[/p][/quote]Well said. And the thing these religious people fail to recognise is that they are also athiests. They are athiests to 2999 gods and we are athiests to 3000 (give or take a few) Pablo23
  • Score: 0

8:38am Fri 1 Aug 14

Adrian XX says...

Maybe Christianity/Islam/J
udaism/Hinduism etc are supposed to promote peace and love according to their holy books, but I've yet to see any evidence of it in reality, and that's what counts.

The problem is that you don't know for sure if anyone is who claims to be a follower of a certain religion is actually a follower. When I was at school, we were sometimes asked about our "religion" on forms. I put CofE since I had been christened into that organisation when I was a few months old. However, I am not religious at all. Those who simply claim membership or even attendees of religious meetings are not necessarily followers. Nullius in verba was the old motto of the Royal Society - "take no one's word for it". In order to determine whether followers of a particular religion promote peace and love you would have to ignore their CLAIMS of religion and determine first if they are genuine followers.
[quote]Maybe Christianity/Islam/J udaism/Hinduism etc are supposed to promote peace and love according to their holy books, but I've yet to see any evidence of it in reality, and that's what counts. [/quote] The problem is that you don't know for sure if anyone is who claims to be a follower of a certain religion is actually a follower. When I was at school, we were sometimes asked about our "religion" on forms. I put CofE since I had been christened into that organisation when I was a few months old. However, I am not religious at all. Those who simply claim membership or even attendees of religious meetings are not necessarily followers. Nullius in verba was the old motto of the Royal Society - "take no one's word for it". In order to determine whether followers of a particular religion promote peace and love you would have to ignore their CLAIMS of religion and determine first if they are genuine followers. Adrian XX
  • Score: 0

5:59pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Domingo De Santa Clara says...

"We are God,because only we can create the idea of his existence in our holy brains"

Yello
"We are God,because only we can create the idea of his existence in our holy brains" Yello Domingo De Santa Clara
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