As secular humanists, AHA members and members of the local UU, that conversation with the minister about “Why would an atheist feel comfortable here?” seems to be echo of conversations my wife and I have had here. Fortunately, as images of a schism started to appear on the walls of the cave our minister began to modify her stance to the point where things are now much more comfortable. But the seats do seem to hold a lot of browsers, and for the increase in numbers at services the proportion of single dollar bills rises proportionately, but not the total plate offering.
BTW, although each fellowship is theoretically independent of Boston, the real world we see is a bit different, as you might well imagine. There are many, many sheeple who prefer to let others think for them.
Rather than “nudge” UU churches to be more welcoming to Humanists, let’s build up explicitly Humanist local communities so that freethinkers will have less and less need to attend a church.
As an atheist parent in North Carolina (and previously of small town, catholic Ohio) I’d love to see some really good resources for parents out there. I’ll have to check out Parenting Beyond Belief.
I feel like I have a lot in common with humanists, but I can’t take them seriously when they reference the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster”, even if it is done in humor.