Atheist Sunday Service??

From: Laurie
Sent on: Sunday, July 19, 2009 2:46 PM
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 
are worthwhile.

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!



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