Chicago Non-Theistic Communities Answer the Question of What to Do After Members Stop Believing in God July 17, 2014

Chicago Non-Theistic Communities Answer the Question of What to Do After Members Stop Believing in God

Chicago is home to a variety of different non-theistic communities and public radio station WBEZ’s Lynette Kalsnes put together a wonderful segment yesterday about who we are and why we gather.

The piece focused on Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, the Sunday Assembly, and Foundation Beyond Belief, whose conference is this weekend in the city. (It quotes me in a couple of places, too.)

Across Chicago, atheists, agnostics and humanists are finding each other with rituals that look a lot like church or temple — but without a God.

“The need for community is a human need, it’s not a religious need, it’s not a secular need, it’s a human need,” said Rabbi Adam Chalom, who leads Kol Hadash. “We need inspiration, we need beauty, we need community, fellowship, support through difficult moments, the chance to celebrate your family culture if that’s the direction you’re going.”

Not all atheists want to be part of such a community, but I strongly believe a lot more of us would join them if we only knew they existed. They offer all the benefits of church with none of the supernatural bullshit. More importantly, they make you feel welcome. In many parts of the country, atheists would love that sort of reception. Chicago is a good example of a place where atheists don’t take those opportunities for granted.

***Update***: WBEZ aired another, longer segment about atheists this morning:



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