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Members of an atheist congregation at Harvard listen to music during a recent gathering.
June 22nd, 2013
11:25 AM ET

Church without God - by design

By Dan Merica, CNN

Boston (CNN)-– It’s Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a rapt congregation listens to a chaplain preach about the importance of building a community.

A few dozen people sit quietly for the hourlong service. Music is played, announcements are made and scholars wax poetic about the importance of compassion and community.

Outsiders could be forgiven for believing this service, with its homilies, its passing of the plate, its uplifting songs, belongs in a church.

If so, it’s a church without one big player: God.

Sunday’s congregation in Cambridge is a meeting of the Humanist Community at Harvard University and the brainchild of Greg Epstein, the school’s Humanist chaplain.

A longtime advocate for community building, Epstein and his group of atheists have begun to build their Cambridge community and solemnize its Sunday meetings to resemble a traditional religious service.

To Epstein, religion is not all bad, and there is no reason to reject its helpful aspects.

“My point to my fellow atheists is, why do we need to paint things with such a broad brush? We can learn from the positive while learning how to get rid of the negative," he said.

Godless congregations

For Epstein, who started community-building at Harvard nearly 10 years ago, the idea of a godless congregation is not an oxymoron.

“We decided recently that we want to use the word congregation more and more often because that is a word that strongly evokes a certain kind of community - a really close knit, strong community that can make strong change happen in the world,” he said.

“It doesn’t require and it doesn't even imply a specific set of beliefs about anything.”

Epstein is not alone in his endeavor. Jerry DeWitt, who became an atheist and left his job as an evangelical minister, is using his pastoral experience to building an atheist church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This Sunday, DeWitt's congregation will hold its first meeting as a "Community Mission Chapel."

"When you become a part of this congregation, this community, you are going to become part of a family," DeWitt told CNN. "There is an infrastructure there for you to land in. There is going to be someone there to do weddings and to do, unfortunately, the funerals."

READ MORE: Unbelieving preachers get help to 'come out' as open atheists

Sunday school for atheists

As members of the Cambridge congregation file into a wood-paneled classroom at Harvard, singer Shelley Segal greets them with a few songs from her latest recording, called simply, “An Atheist Album.”

Taking a hint from the theme of the event, Segal strums on her guitar and belts her song, “Gratitude.”

“I don't believe in a great power to say thank you to,” Segal sings. “But that won’t take away from my gratitude.”

Harvard's humanist chaplain Greg Epstein leads an atheist gathering.

After the music, Epstein offers a few words of greeting before the meeting gets to its heart: a discussion about compassion.

A four academics and a journalist discuss the effects of religion on raising children and their ideas about compassion. Congregants listen intently, some even taking notes.

Each service has a message – compassion, evolution or acceptance - after which congregants engage in a lengthy discussion.

Before the main event, kids are invited to what some parents refer to as “Sunday school,” where Tony Debono, a biologist Massachusetts Institute of Technology, teaches the youngsters about evolution, DNA and cells.

There's little talk about organized religion, positive or negative.

Likewise, down in Louisiana, said his atheist services will not be anti-religion.

"What we are looking at doing is different," DeWitt said. "If you are a religionist and you come and sit in our pew, the only way you can leave offended is because of what you don’t hear and what you don’t see. We won’t be there to make a stance against religion or against God."

Coming out of the closet

In the last few years, the number of “nones” – those who don’t associate with any organized religion – has grown at a rate faster than any other group. Nones now represent one in five Americans, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center poll.

Although the number of atheists has grown, too, there are still a large number of “nones” that choose not to associate with the label “atheist.”

Some at Harvard’s Humanist congregation fall into this category.

“I don’t particularly have a religion,” said Anil Nyer, a neurologist who brought his daughter to Humanist Sunday school. But Nyer also said he didn’t want to label himself as an atheist.

One reason to shy away from the atheist label: Many Americans hold a negative impression of nonbelievers.

According to a recent Public Religion Research Institute poll, nearly 40 percent of Americans believe that atheists are changing American culture for the worse.

“Whenever we put atheists on a list like this and we compare them to other groups, atheists tend to come in towards the bottom of that list,” said Robert P. Jones is the CEO of Public Religion Research Institute.

“Americans tend to hold a lot of reservations about atheists.”

Epstein hopes his congregation can change that.

By formalizing meetings and building a strong community, the Harvard group hopes it can be a model for other atheist congregations forming around the country.

A group meets during an atheist gathering in Boston.

More atheists may come of the closet if they know a congregation will be there to support them, Epstein said,

“Being an atheist is something we want people to come out and be,” said the Humanist chaplain. “There are so many people, probably millions, who are humanists or atheists or nonreligious in private and nobody knows."

Epstein said he gets e-mails daily from people founding atheist meet-up groups.

“Tulsa, Oklahoma; North Carolina; London; Vancouver, Canada; Houston, Texas,” Epstein said, listing the sources of the most recent e-mails.

“One part of what we are saying is come on out and let your neighbors know” about your disbelief, he said. “It is not going to make you worse of a person, it is going to make you a better person to be more open about who you are.”

Rituals for the irreligious

For the last few years, the Humanist Community at Harvard has operated out of a small three-floor walk-up off the bustling streets of Harvard Square. The walls are littered with posters about atheism – tributes to famed atheists Eddie Izzard, Seth MacFarlane and Stephen Fry.

Because of the scattered furniture and the Harvard dorm feel, Epstein jokingly describes the space as “college broke chic.” That’s being generous – but it's also about to change.

Starting in the fall, the Humanist Community at Harvard will begin meeting in a nearly 3,000-square-foot community center with an event space for nearly 100 people.

Although the plan is to use the space at the group’s headquarters, it will also serve as a broader community center for the group that Epstein and others are trying to build in the Boston area.

“What we really would like to see is a community center where people can come by at anytime and to use it as a space to study or have a meeting for various committee,” said Chris Stedman, the assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard.

Stedman said he sees the new building as a place for people to gather, not only to become part of a humanist community, but to also become more engaged with the world.

When he talks about his plans for the future, Epstein appears to long for a time when the new community center could mimic aspects of church - a place for baby-naming ceremonies, weddings and funerals.

The success of an atheist church will depend on walking the thin line between too much and too little ritual, Epstein said.

Humanists boast a proud freethinking streak, and some at the Harvard event said they don’t want to be associated with any sort of dogma or belief system - or even a system based on disbelief.

Anyway, Esptein said his congregation will be less a group of people united by beliefs - or disbelief - and more like an opera, or a painting.

“Our community is like a work of art," he said. "Hopefully people will respond to that work of art and it will garner controversy and discussion like a work of art."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Church • Houses of worship • United States

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  1. Carol

    I like the aspect of community that church offers, but that's not why I go to church. I attend because it provides me with a way to connect with God and learn about Him in a way that is beyond what I can do individually. For me, after I have had a very hard and stressful week, I often feel the pressure and worry just melt away when I sit in a church service and feel God's presence. Also, I have had prayer for numerous problems in my life and have had miracles occur right at the altar. My son was sick with a stomach illness for three weeks, and it would not go away. I took him down to the altar to be prayed for and his mysterious stomach malady went away. Community is wonderful, but church without God is like an appliance that is not plugged in: dead. There is no power source. Also, it was God's idea for church and community. He intended for us to be surrounded by people to encourage and help us and intended for us to individually contribute in various ways to the church and community by lending our gifts. I find it sad that people believe they can have church without God–even if nothing is said to disparage religion, it is still a slap in the face of God to hold a "church" service and leave Him out of it.

    September 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
  2. HUMILITY

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    September 2, 2013 at 10:38 am |
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    ARE NOT DEMOCRATIC STATE – WHY, JUST FOR BUSINESS – PUSHING THE VENEZUELAN irradiating DEMENTIA A WHILE

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    INFORMANT INTERVIEWS – MENTAL Torturers – STUDIES OF THE HUMAN RACE WITH ALL AGENCIES OF COUNTRIES THAT

    ARE NOT DEMOCRATIC STATE – WHY, JUST FOR BUSINESS – PUSHING THE VENEZUELAN irradiating DEMENTIA A WHILE

    AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS DO TO PEOPLE THAT HANDLED CREATE THAT ARE HANDLING IS ONLY A MATTER OF

    SCIENCE FICTION CUNADO MILLION CASES HAVE CEREBRAL DESTRUCTION.

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    WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU DO THIS TO YOUR CHILDREN.

    INFORMANT INTERVIEWS – MENTAL Torturers – STUDIES OF THE HUMAN RACE WITH ALL AGENCIES OF COUNTRIES THAT

    ARE NOT DEMOCRATIC STATE – WHY, JUST FOR BUSINESS – PUSHING THE VENEZUELAN irradiating DEMENTIA A WHILE

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    WE HAVE TO MAKE AN INVESTIGATION IN ALL DRUGS.

    WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU DO THIS TO YOUR CHILDREN.

    INFORMANT INTERVIEWS – MENTAL Torturers – STUDIES OF THE HUMAN RACE WITH ALL AGENCIES OF COUNTRIES THAT

    ARE NOT DEMOCRATIC STATE – WHY, JUST FOR BUSINESS – PUSHING THE VENEZUELAN irradiating DEMENTIA A WHILE

    AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS DO TO PEOPLE THAT HANDLED CREATE THAT ARE HANDLING IS ONLY A MATTER OF

    SCIENCE FICTION CUNADO MILLION CASES HAVE CEREBRAL DESTRUCTION.

    NEW PAGE FOR SERIAL CRIMINALS THAT WE HAVE COMPLAINED OF COUNTRIES PAGE SUSPENDED.

    THE REASON THE CONTENT IS REALITY.

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    LES HAVE A QUESTION.

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    WORLD HEALTH PROBLEM.

    WE HAVE TO MAKE AN INVESTIGATION IN ALL DRUGS.

    WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU DO THIS TO YOUR CHILDREN.

    INFORMANT INTERVIEWS – MENTAL Torturers – STUDIES OF THE HUMAN RACE WITH ALL AGENCIES OF COUNTRIES THAT

    ARE NOT DEMOCRATIC STATE – WHY, JUST FOR BUSINESS – PUSHING THE VENEZUELAN irradiating DEMENTIA A WHILE

    AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS DO TO PEOPLE THAT HANDLED CREATE THAT ARE HANDLING IS ONLY A MATTER OF

    SCIENCE FICTION CUNADO MILLION CASES HAVE CEREBRAL DESTRUCTION.

    NEW PAGE FOR SERIAL CRIMINALS THAT WE HAVE COMPLAINED OF COUNTRIES PAGE SUSPENDED.

    THE REASON THE CONTENT IS REALITY.

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    LES HAVE A QUESTION.

    GIVES NO FEAR THAT HANDLED WITH NANO TECHNOLOGY.

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    WORLD HEALTH PROBLEM.

    WE HAVE TO MAKE AN INVESTIGATION IN ALL DRUGS.

    WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU DO THIS TO YOUR CHILDREN.

    INFORMANT INTERVIEWS – MENTAL Torturers – STUDIES OF THE HUMAN RACE WITH ALL AGENCIES OF COUNTRIES THAT

    ARE NOT DEMOCRATIC STATE – WHY, JUST FOR BUSINESS – PUSHING THE VENEZUELAN irradiating DEMENTIA A WHILE

    AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS DO TO PEOPLE THAT HANDLED CREATE THAT ARE HANDLING IS ONLY A MATTER OF

    SCIENCE FICTION CUNADO MILLION CASES HAVE CEREBRAL DESTRUCTION.

    NEW PAGE FOR SERIAL CRIMINALS THAT WE HAVE COMPLAINED OF COUNTRIES PAGE SUSPENDED.

    THE REASON THE CONTENT IS REALITY.

    WHY WOULD AN AGENCY IS TO REMOVE TAKE A PAGE MOLETIA SRs. FROM CNN.

    LES HAVE A QUESTION.

    GIVES NO FEAR THAT HANDLED WITH NANO TECHNOLOGY.

    BY LES STRIKE WHEN THE VICTIMS hypothalamus, GENETIC DAMAGE OCCURS MANY.

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    .
    BUT THESE COMPANIES THAT PRODUCE SUCH DRUGS INCLUDE NANO NANO PARTICLES AS COMPUTERS.

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    WORLD HEALTH PROBLEM.

    WE HAVE TO MAKE AN INVESTIGATION IN ALL DRUGS.

    WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU DO THIS TO YOUR CHILDREN.

    INFORMANT INTERVIEWS – MENTAL Torturers – STUDIES OF THE HUMAN RACE WITH ALL AGENCIES OF COUNTRIES THAT

    ARE NOT DEMOCRATIC STATE – WHY, JUST FOR BUSINESS – PUSHING THE VENEZUELAN irradiating DEMENTIA A WHILE

    AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS DO TO PEOPLE THAT HANDLED CREATE THAT ARE HANDLING IS ONLY A MATTER OF

    SCIENCE FICTION CUNADO MILLION CASES HAVE CEREBRAL DESTRUCTION.

    NEW PAGE FOR SERIAL CRIMINALS THAT WE HAVE COMPLAINED OF COUNTRIES PAGE SUSPENDED.

    THE REASON THE CONTENT IS REALITY.

    WHY WOULD AN AGENCY IS TO REMOVE TAKE A PAGE MOLETIA SRs. FROM CNN.

    LES HAVE A QUESTION.

    GIVES NO FEAR THAT HANDLED WITH NANO TECHNOLOGY.

    BY LES STRIKE WHEN THE VICTIMS hypothalamus, GENETIC DAMAGE OCCURS MANY.

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  6. Andy

    I wish there was a humanist group to near me

    August 24, 2013 at 8:15 am |
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    August 22, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
  8. Southern Highlander

    Science says that life can't come from nothing and matter can't be created or destroyed. So atheists where did everything come from if not from God. That proves that God exists.

    August 22, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
  9. Hmmmmmm

    When you want the world to be about you, and want others to live into a world about themselves, you can now start a community to do so.

    August 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
  10. recoveringparanoidchurchworker

    I love reading these comments...especially when I'm supposed to be writing a sermon! I need to stop using the internet as a research tool...
    I applaud your use of the term "congregation"...and since this term in the original biblical languages was a secular term...not a sacred term, it's completely fair game...bravo! Intelligent conversation, both by those who believe in God and those who do not believe in God, is the beginning of the answer but only up and to the point that it leads us together into willful action which brings about good in the world!

    August 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  11. Christian

    Wait till the fire in hell burn you then you will find out there is a hell

    August 5, 2013 at 1:30 am |
    • redzoa

      Sorry, but I don't negotiate with terrorists . . .

      August 5, 2013 at 1:36 am |
  12. Christian

    Wait till the fire in hell burn you, then you will find out that it exist... Then its too late

    August 5, 2013 at 1:28 am |
    • LinCA

      @Christian

      You said, "Wait till the fire in hell burn you, then you will find out that it exist... Then its too late"
      If you die before I do, please tell Thor "Hi" for me.

      You are free to believe you have an imaginary friend, but that belief is no more rational than the belief of a five year old in the Tooth Fairy.

      August 5, 2013 at 1:33 am |
  13. GOOD NEWS

    Atheism under one GOD, by Design.

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES

    July 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
  14. The Great Gazoo

    Look, dum dums, just because you can imagine something not existing does not mean it does not exist.

    July 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      look dumb dumb, just because you can imagine something existing does not mean it does.

      July 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • antichristian

        I think he was referring to the candy 'dum dum pops'. He was saying how sweet atheists are.

        August 18, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  15. Dylan Rainwalker

    I think that all of the terms we use to define a person by their choice of religion are quite faulty in actually giving a clear picture of who a person is. For example, if I say to someone "I am a Christian" my statement will be interpreted in as many different ways as there are people, and I would likely never be truly understood. Likewise, if I were to say "I am an Atheist", as your article states, I am likely to be viewed by at least 40% of people as someone causing society to be steered into decay.

    The supposition of a religious label upon a person, in one sense, is an idol. It creates a linguistic term which leads to an identification with a particular social group which can only divide humanity. I sat it can only divide because whether we identify ourselves as "Christian" or "Atheist" we presume that we have an answer or the right belief as opposed to what others may or may not believe. The identifying label becomes an idol because we attach that term of religious social group as who we are above that which lies behind all constructs of though, linguistics, and symbolism – God, Brahman, Tao, Nothing, etc.

    July 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
  16. GOOD NEWS

    There are "Two Paths" to Heaven.

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES

    July 24, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      The Wicked Witch is dead?

      July 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
  17. Brian

    This just sounds like stealth socialism to me. Of course there is a deity. The deity they're worshiping is the hive itself. They're worshiping society as though it were a god. Which is just as scary, if you ask me.

    July 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
  18. Tacitus Talks

    My favorite line from a Star Trek Series.
    Star Trek Voyager:
    Tuvok: It was a result from the Big Bang.
    7 of 9: Another creation myth.

    July 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
  19. Tacitus Talks

    What in the hell is this? Are they kidding? So instead of "God", they get their strength from other fools.

    July 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Christian

      And these people are supposed to be intelligent ?

      August 5, 2013 at 1:24 am |
  20. Blurrr

    The Church without God is like physics without math...

    July 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • Get Real

      Shrek, without fantasy and imagination and suspension of disbelief, does not speak.

      July 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
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