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Non-religious communities

What non-religious communities and social groups do you belong to? I am seeking a sense of community for my kids that is not based in a religion.

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I play in a couple bands and am music director of an orchestra. That's about it.

celticagent Level 7 Nov 6, 2018
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I am a pantheist.

Blue_Moon Level 2 Nov 5, 2018
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Thats pretty cool. I have flirted with the idea of spinozas god

what is a pantheist?

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Richard Dawkins Foundation for science and reason. Freedom from religion Foundation

AnthonyHolland Level 4 Nov 4, 2018
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See what Parks & Rec has to offer. We had several great years involved locally.

AmiSue Level 8 Nov 2, 2018
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Or just watch Parks & Rec...

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Good luck on that . Join a Unitarian church they will welcome atheists.

Marine Level 8 Nov 2, 2018
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I am a minister in the ULC. I did that to become an officiant. Still an atheist.

@celticagent I was an atheist officer of the Unitarian church for several years.

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Scouting, age related groups at the library, sports, martial arts, fencing

KissedbySun Level 7 Nov 2, 2018
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Join an "interest group" instead, gardening, walking, chess, martial arts, travel club and especially natural history or science, whatever. (It needs to be something they can enjoy.) It does not have to be a support group as such if they are only well integrated into a social group, then they will in the end find the support they need from the people who care about them there, the important thing is to meet people who like the same things they do, and in the mean time they can have fun. And people who have interests are generally people who care and think.

Fernapple Level 6 Nov 2, 2018
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it's funny that all the responses i see (at a glance anyway) are churches of some kind!

i don't know for sure but i suspect the girl scouts have some kind of god thing going; i know the boy scouts do, alas. so... how about irish dance, or some other kind of athletic/artistic group endeavor? is there a way for kids to volunteer in some meaningful way? sorry, i don't have kids but it seems to me there must be something out there.

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genessa Level 8 Nov 2, 2018
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I am told the Unitarians are nondenominational and have atheists attending who wish for the sense of community that religion provides (in my opinion, the sense of community and belonging is th eonly positive aspect oforganized religion).

meetup.com has many atheist, critical thinking groups, but I am nto aware of any tht include kids in activities.

Just took a minute to do a quick Google search. There evidently are soem atheist family oriented activity groups, although not many. Try searching "atheist kids group" followed by your zip coade in Google. If you are ever lookign for anything local, do a search using your zip code.

snytiger6 Level 8 Nov 2, 2018
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Easier said than done. In my community you can be a "don't ask, don't tell" covert unbeliever in a liberal church (e.g., Episcopal), you can be an open atheist for the most part in a post-Christian congregation like the Unitarian-Universalists, and you can volunteer for various charities, either secular or run as separate non-profits by religious bodies. That's about it. If you're lucky enough to be near a humanist club that has some form of public meetings, that's another option.

When you think about it, atheism is a pretty limited and narrow belief position on a specific topic. It doesn't really have much to work with as a basis for community, which requires some kind of shared experience to coalesce. For example, the shared experience of grief and loss brings people together to cope therewith, but it's not a broad enough basis for the whole family.

I'm not sure eradicating all religious overtones from a community is necessary to enjoy it. In practice people mostly don't go to those places with each other in a sufficiently liberal-minded environment. It's a live and let live ethos. Don't discount it.

My wife and I don't seem to get anywhere with this more because we're introverted and private people, who find socializing exhausting and intrusive by the nature of our personalities. But if you really need community (not merely the notion of it) then you probably in most cases are over-limiting yourself by requiring it to be 110% religion-free.

mordant Level 8 Nov 2, 2018
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I volunteer for a local social project and am part of an online Buddhist community. I also write poetry and sometimes go to poetry meet-ups. When I was younger I was not averse to a good D&D session, and would go do pottery courses.

Denker Level 7 Nov 2, 2018
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Best non religious community that I have come across is "Sunday Assembly" which I believe is global and strong in parts of the USA - there may be one near you. There is one in Reading, UK
[sundayassembly.com]

Mcflewster Level 6 Nov 2, 2018
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You can see the activities of the Reading,UK Sunday assembly, on Facebook.

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PAL athletics, 4H, Future Farmers of America, come to mind. Red Cross volunteers and Big Brothers-big -Big Sisters.

Dwight Level 7 Nov 2, 2018
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The vast majority is still religious so teaching them the truth and then tolerance of others would be a more difficult but more rewarding experience. In my limited experience. Or try the nerdy crowd,i never heard religous talk at D&D night

Renickulous Level 7 Nov 2, 2018
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Don't mind if I follow this post.

Donotbelieve Level 8 Nov 2, 2018
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