W e know that this is not for everyone. But if you are open minded on the
subject, you are invited and encouraged to come to a non-theistic Sunday
Service on August 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Gwinnett. Its
title is "Incorporating a bit of Atheism into your Theology". We're not
talking about God, but rather elements of naturalistic belief systems that
The service will be affirmative of a naturalistic/secular/atheistic life
view. For the nit pickers: The service is planned to be respectful of
others as well, but will not endorse or advocate anything theistic or
supernatural. The content, except for the Board Announcements, is being
developed by GUST members. UU's light a chalice at every service, but
there will be no mystical or supernatural ties to the candle lighting.
Lastly, as can be gleaned from the title, we will talk a little about how
Unitarians might want to borrow some atheistic thought. So there will be
some minimal talk on UU's openness to various sources as a spring board to
worthwhile thoughts and beliefs grounded in an atheistic world view.
There will be a fun part for children (and adults), that will encourage
critical thinking and respect for what is really awesome and amazing. Music
will be appropriate including work from an atheist composers and we may even
sing the Freethought anthem, "Die Gedanken Sind Frei". We plan a reading
from Robert G. Ingersoll.
The service will include quotes from atheists/skeptics/humanists/etc.
Laurie has a list of GUST Members who volunteered to read them. If you have
a particular quote you would like to do let her know. Otherwise she will be
in touch with you shortly. If you didn't volunteer but would like to
participate let us know.
Maybe this is a good idea, maybe not. But it's worth trying at least once.
If it works for you to come, we'd appreciate your presence. Mark your
calendars and bring your friends!