Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sunday School for Atheists - TIME

I started hanging out with the Humanist Community a few weeks ago, and I think it's a great organization - maybe one of the possible 'saviors' of an American society going down the drain very, very quickly.

Well, it looks like Time Magazine has done a little write-up on The Children's Program that happens every Sunday morning, while the adults are busy doing their Sunday Forums/Talks:

On Sunday mornings, most parents who don't believe in the Christian God, or any god at all, are probably making brunch or cheering at their kids' soccer game, or running errands or, with luck, sleeping in. Without religion, there's no need for church, right?

Maybe. But some nonbelievers are beginning to think they might need something for their children. "When you have kids," says Julie Willey, a design engineer, "you start to notice that your co-workers or friends have church groups to help teach their kids values and to be able to lean on." So every week, Willey, who was raised Buddhist and says she has never believed in God, and her husband pack their four kids into their blue minivan and head to the Humanist Community Center in Palo Alto, Calif., for atheist Sunday school.


After the adults finish their talking, the kids and Sunday school teachers come back upstairs and we all chow down. It's fun to see the little kids run around and be all excited - especially when us adults have probably just finished discussing some very heavy topic like stem cell research, or green energy, etc. And I made an immediate mental note that a bunch of people (a couple of teachers and at least one other chaperone) were giving up their time with the adults to go do the hard work of taking care of the children, teaching them, etc. It's a pretty inspiring feeling to know that so many people are working so hard with no expectation of formal recognition. So, I'm very happy this article helps to put a face on their hard work.

Big congratulations to everyone involved with The Children's Program!

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