Greetings, godless ones. I realize that many of the people on this forum are English, but I wonder if any of you are familiar with Unitarian Universalists? They are a small denomination here in the United States that began as an off-branch of Protestantism, then has morphed, slowly, into a group that does not profess a belief in a higher power. In the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association), belief in the supernatural is not required. Instead, in a UU 'church' (because I don't know what else to call it) you will find humanists, atheists, theists, pagans, you name it, all mixed together. There is no creed in the UUA; there are statements of principles (which you can read http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles
I am the dad of two young girls. There are benefits to belonging to communities. Here in the US, the most common community people belong to is a church. Being an atheist, I am not interested in going to church, but this group is quite different than other 'churches' around here. What do you all think?
In Cambridge, Massachusetts--Harvard University, specifically--there is a burgeoning group of humanists who meet each Sunday to create community and fellowship. I'd love to go there, but it's a bit of a drive. The local UU church is, literally, a mile from my home (which is like kilometers, but I don't speak metrics).
Do you think the benefits of community outweigh the issues of faith that will pop up in a setting like the UUA?