- Lance Brown
- United Kingdom
What would an atheist/multi-faith church look and feel like? I suggest a TEDx gathering!
**please don't turn this into a conversation about religion, it's a conversation about community**
As an atheist I don't go to any kind of church/mosque/synagogue/etc but I intensely feel like I'm missing out on something really important. It used to be that our whole communities focused around the local church and everyone used to go. Now that so many do not attend a church (for whatever reasons) or go to different churches we and our communities have lost a vital binding force.
I feel that churches and mosques etc do an awful lot of good in their communities. They bring diverse groups of people together, you hear enlightening and insightful messages, find out about inspiring people, and most importantly for me, they talk about how they can help each other, improve their communities and show support, solidarity and compassion for other communities around the world.
I PROPOSE that every community should have a place that gives the same benefits to the community as a church/mosque etc (being insightful, inspiring, though provoking and rallying people to do good acts). I suggest that a good starting point for a model of this could be in the style of a TEDx gathering. This gathering should focus on the shared values in the whole community and appeal to people of any faith as well and those with none. It should concentration on both the local and highlighting what we have in common with all people around the world.
Would this appeal to atheists and people of faith?
What format do you think this gathering should take?
What can you suggest I/we do to try and create an atheist and multi-faith focal point to bring our communities together?
How regularly might people want to attend such a gathering (weekly, monthly)?