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Mark H
Stand up comedians launch UK’s first atheist church in Islington - http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news...
Stand up comedians launch UK’s first atheist church in Islington
"Stand-up comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans will bring together a godless congregation in the Nave in St Paul’s Road, Canonbury for services – with wedding ceremonies and funerals for non-believers even on the cards. News of the church, which will meet on the first Sunday of every month starting with a service on the Feast of Epiphany on January 6, comes after the census results revealed last week that nearly one in three residents are atheists." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
This kind of thing doesn't appeal to me; we already have a reasonably well-established Skeptics in the Pub system over here of which this merely seems to be a gimmicky version. A gimmicky version without drink! So terribly un-British. - Mark H
I dunno, i've never been to sceptics in the pub because, well, the in-the-pub part. I don't want to end up in some strange pub i don't know with people i don't know, where drinks flow. Might go *with* people i know but just wouldnt turn up. Not that I'd turn up at an "atheist church" but I can see the value of community and fellowship, talking, listening to inspiring speakers and having a regular connection. Especially in London where it can be awfully lonely and disconnected - Iphigenie
Iphigenie: they aren't boisterous occasions by any means; nobody is forced to drink and nobody gets smashed (well, not in my experience). However, the relaxed atmosphere of the pub and the ability to have one or two can help people to just open up and chat. It would certainly be easier for me to discuss sceptical matters in a pub environment than a church hall although I'm going to be biased as I co-run the Portsmouth group. - Mark H