We’ve told you about The Sunday Assembly before, a London-based godless congregation that borrows elements from religious traditions — but that offers deity-free “church” services. Founded by comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, the European atheist organization is making its way across the pond for a U.S. tour — and according to the New York Daily News, the group will be making its first stop in New York City.
The Sunday Assembly describes itself as “a godless congregation that will meet on the first Sunday of every month to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life.” It provides non-believers with the opportunity to experience church community without buying into God and other related elements that secularists overwhelmingly reject.
Jones and Evans will apparently be test-driving various cities in search of new host locations to spread their non-theistic worship services; they will apparently start with Manhattan.
In an interview with the Daily News, Jones claims that he was warned that, in America, these atheist church services may not be met with the same supportive reaction the duo has received in England. But, so far, he claims that hasn’t been the case.
“Lots of people are giving us warnings that it’s going to be different over there, but so far, we’ve just had a lot of support from the people in America,” he said.
Watch the two comedians discuss the church in detail, below:
In London, The Sunday Assembly already has 600 weekly followers who show up in an effort not only to celebrate their non-belief (a rejection of a higher power, Jones claims, “is the most boring part” of what the church does). See, atheists have been looking for quite some time to find community — something that churches provide for congregants. And, they’ve been searching for a way to do good (yet another element embraced by the religious).
This so-called godless church is apparently looking to fill these voids, among others.
For those who assume that the comedians are simply looking to lambaste or diminish religious perspective, consider Jones’ own stated views on religion.
“We’re big fans of religion. We think churches do great things,” Jones told the Daily News.
Jones and Evans will bring The Sunday Assembly to Tobacco Road, a city bar, on June 30, 2013. Service is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.
(H/T: Daily News)