‘Atheist Church’ Comes to Nashville

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An Atheist Church called Sunday Assembly kicks off in Nashville November 7 at 7 pm. The "celebration of life" will take place at The Building, located at 1008 Woodland Street.  

Sunday Assembly says they are a godless congregation that is part atheist-church, part foot-stomping show and 100% celebration of life. 

Founder Sanderson Jones said, " We like to think of it as all the best bits of church, but with no religion and super awesome pop songs" Jones and fellow comedian Pippa Evans started Sunday assembly in London in January. Now there are more than 600 people in their congregation . Jones added, "We often say if we did believe on god we definitely think he is on our side."

The event is part of Sunday Assembly's 40 Dates and 40 Nights tour which is happening around the world. The group's goal is to inspire people in the same way traditional churches do, just without including religious figures. People like David Lyle found inspiration to start a church plant here in Nashville. 

Written By: Mikayla Lewis
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28 COMMENTS

  1. Bad beard, pal. Bad beard. And, I find it “cute” when atheist couples have the exact same haircut. As for an atheist service or mass???? I got better things to do. I see the inherent “funny” in this, and the utility of establishing a social group that meets and is not centered around religion; but I got shit to do!!!!!

  2. I really wish they wouldn’t use the term “Atheist Church” as it just plays into the hands of the Theists who claim Atheism is a religion.

    There’s plenty of suitable alternate terms like:

    • Group
    • Meeting
    • Club
    • Organisation

    etc, etc

    • In reply to #4 by EricTheRed:

      If it encourages people to come out then fine and what is wrong with stealing the word ‘church’ from the religious?
      Progress can be achieved on many fronts.

      Rather not. ‘Church’ comes from Greek ‘kuriakon’ or ‘house of the Lord’. Bad choice.

      • In reply to #9 by ridelo:

        In reply to #4 by EricTheRed:

        If it encourages people to come out then fine and what is wrong with stealing the word ‘church’ from the religious?
        Progress can be achieved on many fronts.

        Rather not. ‘Church’ comes from Greek ‘kuriakon’ or ‘house of the Lord’. Bad choice.

        Ffftt. Comes from. Almost no-one actually thinks about it in terms of that etymology. Regardless, you won’t stop reporters from using it or people thinking it, so co-opt it and make it mean what you want. What you’re advocating appears to be the failed 70s/80s PC approach of frame, re-term and suppress.

  3. These efforts to churchify atheism e.g. secular chaplains, demonstratively secular marriage, funerary etc. services, (what’s next atheist theology?) seem largely to be an American phenomenon. You can take an American out of church but you can’t take church out of Americans.

    • In reply to #14 by godsbuster:

      These efforts to churchify atheism e.g. secular chaplains, demonstratively secular marriage, funerary etc. services, (what’s next atheist theology?) seem largely to be an American phenomenon. You can take an American out of church but you can’t take church out of Americans.

      It’s British. Monty-Pythonesque.

  4. I’m wholly against the name church for any atheistic gathering for reasons stated above and the recycling of a word that needs to go. I don’t get why the hell people can’t name it something else, even using the word congregation! Short sighted and useless.

  5. Yes I have the right as an atheist to hold a meeting called atheist church and I also have the right to wear a stupid beard….but I would use my freethinking powers to perhaps Not call it a ‘church’ of any kind or description…..Isn’t it just playing into the hands of the judgeMental believers who claim that atheism is a religion……Its Not my cup of tea…. but then atheists are all so diverse and different……

    • I this phenomenon grows and thrives, it will be because it attracts atheists who are not turned off by the word “church.” I guess we’re about to see how many of those there are.

      The are many Christian denominations, all of whom believe in Jesus in some way. Why wouldn’t there be different expressions of non-belief.

      In reply to #17 by Light Wave:

      Yes I have the right as an atheist to hold a meeting called atheist church and I also have the right to wear a stupid beard….but I would use my freethinking powers to perhaps Not call it a ‘church’ of any kind or description…..Isn’t it just playing into the hands of the judgeMental believers wh…

      • In reply to #24 by Sara:

        I this phenomenon grows and thrives, it will be because it attracts atheists who are not turned off by the word “church.” I guess we’re about to see how many of those there are.

        I don’t know what point you are trying to make that I haven’t made already….It seems like a particularly American concept to me….they are welcomed to it….People’s assembly or church…..people can still be connected to a movement without attending a sunday service…Each to his own…

  6. The world needs “atheist churches” like it needs chocolate teapots.

    This appears largely to be some sort of North American aberration. However you dress it up, is is still accommodationism.

    • It started in the UK and was referred to as an atheist church there. It’s proper name is Sunday assembly.

      In reply to #20 by Stevehill:

      The world needs “atheist churches” like it needs chocolate teapots.

      This appears largely to be some sort of North American aberration. However you dress it up, is is still accommodationism.

    • In reply to #20 by Stevehill:

      The world needs “atheist churches” like it needs chocolate teapots.

      This appears largely to be some sort of North American aberration.

      Nope.

      However you dress it up, is is still accommodationism.

      Why? What is accommodated? You appear to be using purity-based intuition.

  7. “Atheist Church” is the moniker applied to the ‘Sunday Assembly’, which started in London (i think). If I read correctly, they “are not anti-religious” – more info can be found on their website.

    I like the idea if cats wanna herd on over to a Sunday Assembly. Dude in video said he might start a group in Nashville. Cowboy singers and beer, or, corn whiskey and Korn?! I’m in.

  8. I’m reading all of the non-American grumblers parroting each other- predictable stuff- it’s making me laugh out loud.. We are NOT herd-able- which means if a portion of us like doing the churchy thing, so what! It’s def not my thing, but not because I’m an atheist (remember, Atheists don’t have to think or act alike) but because it’s part of my individual personality.
    Just because there will be religiots who will be saying- Look, see, they ARE a religion- doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done.
    You wouldn’t catch me dead in and “Atheist Church”, but why would I want to make some silly Atheist Behavior Rules?

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