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Sunday Assembly, Atheist Church, Ready to Expand Globally

| by Michael Allen
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The Sunday Assembly, an atheist church located in London, England, is almost three months old and already has more members than can fit into its services.

According to AFP, an additional 200 non-believers have contacted the church to ask how they can set up their own branch and express their belief in their unbelief.

The church was created by comedians Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones (pictured), and has monthly meetings, which include music, speeches, moral pondering and comedy.

“There’s so much about Church that has nothing to do with God, it’s about meeting people, it’s about thinking about improving your life,” said Jones.

The Sunday Assembly tells its members to “help often, live better and wonder more," statements that would likely be found in religious churches.

While a majority of Brits still consider themselves Christians, census data revealed in December that their numbers dropped from 72 percent in 2001 to 59 percent in 2011.

The proportion of Brits with no religion increased from 15 percent to 25 percent over the same period.

But the Sunday Assembly’s success, 400 Londoners packed into last week’s two services, while 60 had to be turned away, suggests atheists want the same sense of community that comes with joining a church.

“You can spend all day in London not talking to anyone,” said Evans. “I think people really want somewhere they can go and meet other people, which doesn’t involve drinking and which you don’t have to pay to get into.”

Evans and Jones admit that they have ripped off many elements of their services from the Christian Church.

“You’re asking people to do new things, so it makes sense for it to be familiar,” said Jones.

“Actually, the biggest aggression towards us has probably been from atheists saying that we’re ruining atheism and not not believing in God properly. So that’s quite funny,” added Evans.

Source: AFP