‘Atheist Church’ Comes to Melbourne, Australia

The Sunday Assembly, fresh off international press and successful events in London, is coming to Melbourne, Australia this weekend:

The Sunday Assembly, the godless get together from London, is coming to Melbourne. It’s part-foot-stomping show, part-atheist church, and 100% celebration of life.

Expect excellent songs, great readings, a super talk and a lovely cup of tea with wonderful people at the end.

The speaker is the brilliant Luke Ryan hilarious cancer survivor, and all round good chap, as we contemplate how very bad things that will definitely happen to us.

It was set up in London by Sanderson Jones (who is gutted not to be there having sold so many of you tickets by hand) and Pippa Evans (who is excited to be there).

Melbourne, we are super excited at this first international Assembly. Hope you are too.

Very exciting, and — to ward off the obvious complaints — no, this doesn’t mean atheism is a religion. It just means atheists, too, enjoy community and the chance to come together and celebrate life.

(via Token Skeptic)

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    i’m pretty neutral on this sort of thing. believers come together because they all believe the same things (or at least, they say they do). what do atheists have in common? not much, beyond our lack of belief.

    this blog is often a testament to that. altho most people here seem to be left-leaning, we do get the conservatives, believers and people with opinions that stand out in this crowd here. i wonder what an in the flesh gathering of such a mix would be like.

    • JET

      I’m guessing that if 20 people showed up, the group would immediately split into 20 sects.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ichuck7 Charles Chambers

    I love this idea. I wish there were more. Former believers need a soft place to land. We are social creatures and some of us crave community.

    Let’s outdo the theists on social justice and caring for the poor.

  • Robster

    Posted above: believers come together because they all believe the same things (or at least, they say they do. I recon they get together to primarily reinforce their rather dodgy beliefs with each other, they do seem a bit insecure about their dogmatic nonsense. When a lot younger, going to religious events, the only topic after the weather was how cool the baby jesus was and yes, snakes talk, or something…

  • http://twitter.com/kyliesturgess kyliesturgess
  • http://twitter.com/chitombo Jak

    I attended this gathering. It was interesting, fun, and most of all, a brand new experience for me. I’m looking forward to attending the next one in June.

  • Pamela

    I guess it won’t come to Qld for about another century or three of evolution. :/

  • Pamela

    This will give Atheists a chance to be a part of a supportive community instead of being cast as outsiders; or not part of an exclusive club.

  • Pamela

    They will share more a lack of gullibility than a lack of belief. At least there will be thinkers there rather than followers. Only Sheep Need a Shepherd.

    • Owendy

      How amusing that you believe that followers are not thinkers. Goats of course will eat anything.


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