FCA Florence is a new atheist based congregation and we are starting to form our community.
The First Church of Atheism is formed around the belief that the mysteries of life can be explained through science and reason. This is our doctrine:
“Nothing exists besides natural phenomena. Thought is merely a function of those natural phenomena. Death is complete, and irreversible. We have faith solely in humankind, nature, and the facts of science.”
Our goal is to form a supportive community for atheists in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. The idea is to grow a caring group of people to provide friendship, fellowship, education and support similar to what theists find in their religious communities. We look to offer a place for newly-realized atheists to come for support. We could offer advice on how to “come out” to family and friends. We would, at the very least, be a place for the new atheist to feel safe, to meet people who understand. If someone in our congregation had something tragic happen, we could all come together in support, with casseroles and babysitting and pancake breakfast fundraisers.
We believe that the only good purpose traditional theistic churches serve is that of community. They bring together like-minded people, and give those people a network of support. We feel that as atheists we should have a similar opportunity of community. We would like to have weekly meetings (perhaps on Sunday), gather and discuss many things like current events, scientific discoveries, political issues facing atheists, local news, community events, etc.
While adults participate in a weekly discussion, their children would attend “Sunday School.” There they would do scientific experiments, learn how to paint on a canvas and how to bake bread, talk about various religious mythologies, discuss important historical moments, create and tend to a garden, etc. But the most important thing they would be doing is forming relationships with other non-theist kids. Relationships where they need not fear how their lack of belief will affect their friendships. They would be in a place of no judgment, and they would have the community that religious kids have and likely take for granted
I hope to meet you soon.
Rev. Roberto Henriquez