Humanist Church for Non-theists

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    Aug 01, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    Anyone fimilar with humanist churches? I know of the Ethical Cultural Society. Also, Unitarian Universalist is influenced by humamist teachings but depending on which UU church you go to the focus can vary. As with a lot of other atheist/agnostics I have a lot of issues with traditional religion. I do, however, find meaning in some traditional church teachings like helping out the poor, talk of forgiveness etc. It is also nice to be in a community where people look out for one another. At my UU church the community provides meals, help, and vists for members who have a new-born or are sick. Society is often cold and indifferent and it is nice being in touch with a group. I am wondering if any other fellow non-theist humanist ever feel the desire to be in a supportive community. I even know some non-theist who attend traditional church for such reasons.
    I realize that the terms "Humanist church" is a bit oxymoronic when referring to non-theist. I am using the term "church" in the most general way as a meeting place for those seeking value in relationship with other people.
    I am sure on this one I am opening myself up for attacks on both sides: Theist and Atheist

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    Aug 01, 2009 3:10 AM GMT
    Sounds like Buddhism.
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    Aug 01, 2009 3:53 AM GMT
    I love my Humanist church... but it costs be $42,000.00 a year and I will be leaving it soon for a much more expensive place after graduating.
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:25 AM GMT
    I went to a humanist lecture at a UU church here in Dallas. It was a really good experience - the most comfortable I've ever felt listening to a 'church' service. Then I went back to the same church to listen to a regular Sunday sermon. It was a different speaker, and there was just too much 'Amen' going on for me. I think the church has a humanist group that meets during the week - your post reminded me that I meant to check that out. Thanks!
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
    jtaustin saidI went to a humanist lecture at a UU church here in Dallas. It was a really good experience - the most comfortable I've ever felt listening to a 'church' service. Then I went back to the same church to listen to a regular Sunday sermon. It was a different speaker, and there was just too much 'Amen' going on for me. I think the church has a humanist group that meets during the week - your post reminded me that I meant to check that out. Thanks!


    The UU church I attend has a mix of Humanist/Theist sermons. Like you said it can depend on the sermon/preacher. Eventhough the sermons are rarely overaly theist sometimes there is still a bit much theist talk for me. I probably would prefer the more humanist focus Ethical Culture society, but the nearest one is a bit far from where I live. I just tend to reframe the theist languge as metaphor. Unitarian Universalist are very gay accepting. We perform same sex marriage. We also have gay and women preachers. It is not a traditional church on so many levels.
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    Aug 01, 2009 5:03 AM GMT
    oh, just join a therapy group instead . . . no self-respecting deity would have anything to do with such people . . . so infra dig . . .