The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica (UUCCSM) has invited Generation Atheist to join them for a service and BBQ.
Why would Generation Atheist, a group of confirmed non-believers, want to visit a church?
UUCCSM is different than the typical church group. They're a community of people with a broad range of backgrounds, beliefs and non-belief (about half of all UUCCSM members are religious skeptics) who are united through shared values rather than dogmatic creed.
How does a community with such a mix of people work?
Join me to find out!
After the 11am service, we'll join them for a BBQ lunch onsite from 12:30 to 2 pm. There'll be burgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers and more on the grill. We'll have a chance to meet and talk with members of both AAHS (Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists & Secularists), the UUCCSM freethought group, and fUUsion, UUCCSM’s group for 20s and 30s young adults.
You can learn more about the UUCCSM here http://uusm.org/
Free garage parking is available at the UCLA parking garage ([masked]th Street, Santa Monica, 90404) when you display a printout on your car’s dash of the parking pass.
The pass can be downloaded from http://www.uusm.org/contact/parkingpass0810.pdf and directions on how to get to the church from the garage are included on the pass
UUCCSM is located at the corner of 18th and Arizona in Santa Monica.
Other similar events to follow
This event is part of a series of events that I'd like to create so we can explore different religions and philosophies first hand. We can read about a community but there's nothing like actually visiting and meeting the people who make up the group.
To address some concerns (5/18/2012)
This event isn't to promote UU, it's to learn first hand about a group of people. We've had events like this before for similar reasons.
This event has caused some controversy because there's concern they are going to convert us and get us to follow their belief system. To be clear, most UU are believers. Some are skeptics, some completely disbelieve but most are spiritual and believe in a higher power. Atheists/agnostics do not believe in a god or higher power.
I'm an atheist but I'm still interested in meeting church goers and getting to know other religious communities. I like knowing how they function and what makes them tick. I can understand if some atheists have no interest in that.