Global movement comes to city

The Sunday Assembly will be held at The Gregson Community Centre, 33 Moorgate, Lancaster, September 28, 11am.
The Sunday Assembly will be held at The Gregson Community Centre, 33 Moorgate, Lancaster, September 28, 11am.
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A new community movement dubbed ‘the atheist church’ is launching in the city.

The Sunday Assembly describes itself as a godless congregation that celebrates life with the motto: live better, help often, wonder more.

The movement started last year by comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans and has 28 branches already active with 33 more being set up world wide.

Sanderson Jones CEO and co-founder said: “When we first started the Sunday Assembly, we didn’t expect it to become a global movement. But with new people and new ideas, we discovered how to evolve this gathering into an international movement.”

James Barret, a member of the Lancaster organising committee, stresses they’re not here to take over the church.

Mr Barret said: “One of the challenges we face is that people say you 
have just invented another church 
but we haven’t because we don’t have a doctrine.

“We are not anti-anything we are just saying how we can live better and build communities, this isn’t the way you have to go about doing it.”

The Sunday Assembly state in their public charter they ‘don’t do supernatural’ or ‘set texts’ but are committed to bringing the community together through a shared experience.

Mr Barret explains almost 20 per cent of the congregation are practising Christians.

He said: “What we are doing is what a lot of religious people do, gathering together.

“Most of the integration already, 20 per cent of people are practicing Christians. Religion has got a lot of things right, we have just removed the bits that a lot of people have a problem with which is the doctrine.”

The Sunday Assembly will be held at The Gregson Community Centre, 33 Moorgate, Lancaster on September 28 at 11am.

Free tickets are available at to the Lancaster assembly here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sunday-assembly-lancaster-launch-tickets-11218716483.