Who are we? Why are we here? And how can we make Madison an even more awesome place?
At the break of dawn on August 3, 2014, the city of Madison, Wisconsin learned about the pending arrival of a Sunday Assembly Madison congregation from a front-page feature in the Wisconsin State Journal. “A Church for Atheists? Yes, one is coming to Madison with Monthly Services” was written by longtime WSJ religion reporter Doug Erickson. It was plucked up by AP and appeared nationwide, from the Oshkosh Northwestern, to the Washington Times, to the Democratic Underground. But quite the hullaballoo ensued. A lot of readers were confused about, or unhappy with, some of the terminology in the “Atheist Church” article (terms like “Atheist Church,” for example). And they had a lot of questions: What will they do at services, ridicule Christians? How can atheists talk about “doing good” when they have no moral compass? Is this just a big moneymaking scheme? And the biggest question, posed by the religious and non-religious alike: “An Atheist Church? WHY?!” So let us reveal the answers to these questions, and clarify who we are; what happens at SA services; why Madison is such an awesome place for an SA congregation; and what we hope for in the future. However you may feel about religion, we invite you to come along for the ride. It will be well worth it. You just may be surprised!