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: