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  • Religion news: Godless church The Sunday Assembly celebrates 1st anniversary

  • The Sunday Assembly just celebrated its first birthday.

    Never heard of it? If you're a regular church-goer, or even skip out on spiritual Sundays, you may not have. The Sunday Assembly is a godless church whose main mission is to simply celebrate life.
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  • The Sunday Assembly just celebrated its first birthday.
    Never heard of it? If you're a regular church-goer, or even skip out on spiritual Sundays, you may not have. The Sunday Assembly is a godless church whose main mission is to simply celebrate life.
    According to the group's website, sundayassembly.com, its motto is to "live better, help often, wonder more." Its goal is to help others find and fulfill their potential while the group hopes to create a godless congregation in every town that wants one.
    It "is 100 percent celebration of life," the site reads. "We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let's enjoy it together."
    The Sunday Assembly aims not to remove religion but to practice living life fully - as "there's certainly no God at the Assembly, but there's also no anti-theism," it responded on its website after recent criticism.
    Since its inception on Jan. 6, 2013, The Sunday Assembly concept has spread to 28 locations across the world, while the Los Angeles congregation alone launched with 400 people, according to the site.
    News outlets such as NPR and CNN recently have profiled the group, reporting that Sunday services feel somewhat like church - hundreds of people gather to meditate, sing and listen to inspirational stories - but instead of sermons there's lectures, and live music often turns into a concert by Beatles and Rolling Stones cover bands.
    Two British comedians, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, started the movement in the United Kingdom.
    "It's all the best bits of church, but with no religion and awesome pop songs," Evans says in a crowdfunding video for the godless congregation. "And it's not a cult."
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