Re: [bostonatheists] Athiest "mega-churches"?

From: Zachary B.
Sent on: Monday, November 11, 2013 4:20 PM
Yes, that was her!

I'd be glad to respond to any of the "this sounds culty" concerns.

Your friendly neighborhood anti-cult atheist,

Zachary 
(also a member of the organizing committee, and the person who invited MJ to speak)


On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM, William J Sweeney <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Dan.  I have been searching the web to get more information on the crowdfunding effort associated with this.  Got to be honest here, "http://sundayassembly.com/" feels a little cult-ish.

So you went to the event on 11/5 here in Boston?  Was this the featured speaker?

Mary Johnson, Passionate Advocate, Writer, Teacher

I enjoy talking to people about things that matter, and doing so in interesting, engaging ways. Thanks for coming to my page.

Writer 





From: Dan Landry <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, November 11,[masked]:25 AM
Subject: Re: [bostonatheists] Athiest "mega-churches"?

The Huffington Post put a similar spin on the "gathering" in LA yesterday; perhaps it's in today's also?  I was at the Assembly here...it was a great thing just to kick-start what we can, hopefully, continue to do going forward, but in our own way.  Meaning, they are entertainers and put their "thing" together, which is nice, but I would like us to go less "cheese", but keep with the poetry, speakers etc....more science, more reality...the ideas for speakers and topics relevant to all is endless, and there should be no shortage of speakers in our area, thankfully.
 
Gathering and communing is what "non-believers" have been missing so if we're to compete with these criminal churches we should take this obvious next step.  It's going to upset a few, or even many for sure.  If getting together doesn't bother a free thinker to some small degree I guess that would be a problem.  It's a give and take....that's how I see it.  If all these religious moderates are going off to churches, or even mega-churches, to fulfill this human need to commune let's give them our own brand of hanging out.  I think they'll come by the bus load eventually. 
 
More so, if we're (atheists, Humanists, etc...) are going to get any kind of voice, politically, socially or otherwise, we're going to have to make the sacrifice and commune.  Once we get there we can bash the "communing" and make it known to ourselves and anyone there the dangers of "group-thinking"....not a bad idea in my humble opinion...again, countless examples could be used.  But, we'd still be admitting we're human beings.  We could bring together this growing percentage of the population and be heard...sooner rather than later, and we could do it so much better.
 
Personally, I'm an atheist...an anti-theist really...I want them gone (the churches and religions)..."Coexist" offends me.  Change comes fast and there are tipping points.  I do think that this idea of gathering together to celebrate life will have such a tipping point.  I see the need....it's massive.  Look at it this way: if people, families, are going by the thousand to sit and listen to the Osteens, and the like, imagine how desperate these poor humans must be to actually make that effort. 
 
We can do it better, send a much better and healthier message while gaining some kind of solidarity...amongst ourselves and within our society.  It's a win-win with a little bit of a scary compromise on the gathering part; yet I see it as very necessary. 


 
As far as the "mega-church" tag line: let them have it...we can counter, or just be happy with the press.  I'm happy to see them all reporting on it...it's a positive thing.
 
Thanks again to all those who organized the local Sunday Assembly...it was a special moment for me. 
 
Dan Landry


On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM, William J Sweeney <[address removed]> wrote:

I like the idea of gathering to meet the like minded.  I am a little pissed of ABC news puts the "churches" spin on it.  Or maybe the organizers do and I missed it?  Anyone else up on this and can elaborate?





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