The headline could’ve been “nearly two-thirds religious” but that wouldn’t surprise anyone.
Here are the detailed poll results in the order the answers were presented (see original post):
Q: I identify myself as a:
- Christian-Protestant 37 [18.23%]
- Christian-Catholic 67 [33%]
- Christian-Morman 1 [0.49%]
- Christian-Jehovah’s Witness 1 [0.49%]
- Christian-Other 6 [2.96%]
- Jewish 8 [3.94%]
- Buddhist 1 [0.49%]
- Muslim 3 [1.48%]
- Hindu 1 [0.49%]
- Other 4 [1.97%]
- Unaffiliated-Atheist 44 [21.67%]
- Unaffiliated-Agnostic 16 [7.88%]
- Unaffiliated-Secular 9 [4.43%]
- Unaffiliated-Religious 4 [1.97%]
- Don’t Know/Rather Not Say 1 [0.49%]
No surprise that “Christian-Catholic” was the top answer but “Unaffiliated-Atheist” as the second answer may be a shock some. If we combine atheist/agnostic/secular the total is 69 — two more than the 67 that selected Catholic. Still, those who identify with a religion/belief were nearly two-thirds of those who voted.
Tower Grove Abbey is a shared space used by Stray Dog Theater, SDT’s Arts in Mind education project , and Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association. South City Church used to meet in the Abbey but they have a new meeting space now for their services.
I’d like to see an additional use in this and other former churches:
Not many sermons include the message that we are all going to die and there is no afterlife.
But the Sunday Assembly is no ordinary church service.
Launched last month, as a gathering for non-believers, it is, in the words of master of ceremonies Sanderson Jones, “part foot-stomping show, part atheist church, all celebration of life”. (BBC News)
Atheist church? Well, not exactly — none of that talk of a creator.
According to the Independent, about 200 worshippers showed up to the service, held on Jan. 6. The congregation focused on the theme of “Beginnings,” deliberating over ways that success can be achieved by letting go of past failures and avoiding “mental booby traps.” Instead of a sermon, the church invited Andy Stanton, a popular children’s book author, to talk about overcoming the odds and achieving success; and instead of praying together, those gathered were encouraged at one point to close their eyes and meditate on their fears of inadequacy and failure. With Jones taking the stage as MC, the congregation was also treated to some stand-up comedy. A rendition of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger” was even sung during the gathering. (Huffington Post)
It’ll be interesting to see if this once a month experiment in positive energy for those of us who don’t buy into the idea of a creator will succeed. Comedy and uplifting stories on a Sunday morning sounds good to me. And no, atheism is not a religion.
– Steve Patterson