Birmingham’s first godless church

New Birmingham ‘fellowship of niceness’ opens.

The Birmingham Secular Fellowship will bring people together for ‘church-like’ gatherings on Sunday mornings, to build a new community. The services don’t include any religious teachings or practices. Instead there are short talks, singing, and spaces for personal reflection.

The organisers said, “Our aim is to create an inspiring and uplifting atmosphere, through talking and singing about what is good in the world, what is amazing in the universe, and how we can be better people.”

Topics for the mornings will be diverse, including astronomy, poetry, laughter, architecture, and kindness. “The fellowship is a product of its members, so our topic can be anything that has meaning to us, something personal from our lives, or something inspirational from anywhere else in the universe. We like to hear from experts, but we also feel everyone has something to share.”

This Sunday, Dr. Ben Cowan of the University of Birmingham will join the group to talk about technology and human behaviour.

The fellowship is open to everybody, and children are welcome. The organisers are hoping for a “good range of Brummies” to come along, make friends and form “a community that is there for one another.”

The meetings are once a month on a Sunday, at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre in Moseley. Services are 11am-midday, followed by tea and chat.  Entry is free.


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