For those of you who want to convene with other atheists in a church setting with everything GOOD about church and none of the dogma stuff, there is a church for you in the Boston area. First Parish Watertown is a place where even me, the most ardent atheist imaginable, is quite at home. There is none of that supernatural stuff at all. Happens to be the 4th oldest church in MA, dating back to 1630. It is the hippest place to be on a sunday morning. I personally couldn't believe I found the congregation of my dreams and the ministers, a husband and wife, are simply amazing. Everything you atheists would want in a minister if you were to want a minister. It is down to earth, caring, all about ideas, giving, being a better person, community and kids and best of all, it is about the real natural life and no supernatural stuff. This is from the website: www.fpwatertown.org
"Unitarian Universalism has no creed. It affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion."
Despite the above, I find most UU churches too "religious" for me. But this place is a haven. I am so glad I found it 14 years ago.
I did attend Sunday Assembly last week and am glad I got to see it. However, there was no part of it whatsoever that resonated for me. But everyone is different and I'm certain it "worked" for others. However, if you are looking for a church, you may not have to reinvent religion. I encourage you to check out FPW and see if it is for you. You won't find robes or organs or pews and you won't be intimidated by the little 1886 wooden structure with a simple and plain elegance to it and the rainbow flag flying out front. Prior to this place, I'd searched UU churches my whole life and just settled but when I found this one, I wanted to put my name in the membership book. Maybe you will, or maybe you'll just drop in from time to time.
Here are the 7 principles of the religion. As you can see, there is no mention of god (intentionally not capitalized). Not really sure what the "spiritual growth"(#3) is, but I think it is just the aspiring to be a better person and FPW seems to help me attain that!
We covenant to affirm and promote the Seven Principles of the UUA:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
- Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth.
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process.
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Come with an open heart and you may just come away with a fuller heart. The sermons are smart, contemporary and always seem to be what people need that very week. How do they do it? How do they know? Service is 10:30-11:30 followed by an awesome social hour. Perfect timing for me to catch some of the humanist talks at Harvard afterwards and only about 10 minutes away from Harvard Square. If you come by some Sunday, please introduce yourself to me. I'll be wearing my rainbow name tag.
On Nov 11, 2013, at 6:47 PM, Erin J Carney <[address removed]> wrote:
All I can say is that as long as humans believe in Mythology=Religion, then we will never evolve to what we are meant to be. Am I wrong?
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