Pete Alder & Simon Clare

Thursday, December 11 2014 at 7:30PM

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Pete Alder & Simon Clare

What's the talk about?

The Sunday Assembly, often referred to by the press as ‘the atheist church’, started in London in 2013 and has since spread worldwide. There are now over 60 ‘godless congregations’ in towns and cities across the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. One of the newest Sunday Assemblies is here in Norwich, which launched in November.

So, it seems to be growing, but is a ‘church’ service for atheists really necessary or desirable? Should Humanists and secularists not just get on with our lives, without mimicking the structures of religion? Could it even be counterproductive to act like a church? 

Or are there positives that can be taken from the things religion does? Do atheists need a sense of community and a structure to organise gatherings and a community in the name of what we do believe? And, if so, is Sunday Assembly the only way to go - or could there be an alternative?

Come along and join the discussion.

Pete Alder: Co-organiser of Sunday Assembly Norwich
Simon Clare: Ex co-organiser of Sunday Assembly Brighton and now a skeptic of Sunday Assembly.