I want to go to THIS guy’s church.
This is an hour-long talk from Skepticon, about the need for Humanist groups to create local communities spaces for freethinkers to meet.
I historically have found Community hard to come by. I was often dragged to church as a child, and grew up knowing that those people were Not My People. So I grew up without a People. As an adult I have found some places where I could be with My People; but finding time to GET to those places has often been expensive and difficult. And so I am not part of any congregation, and usually content to be so. But it is often hard; occasionally in subtler and more pervasive ways than harder than I can easily express.
I suspect that many MANY churchgoers go because they need to be Part Of Something, and many more go because they Need People. If there were options for people to meet that any kind of belief in water walking or talking snakes, I imagine those other groups might dry up and fall off just THAT much quicker.