British comedian Sanderson Jones left a Christmas concert six years ago feeling uncomfortable – he no longer believed in God, but he sure liked singing carols.
Jones also missed other things about being in a church – the sense of community and time spent thinking about being a better person – just not the religion part.
“I wanted to celebrate being alive,” said Jones, 32. “Being alive is one of the most magical, mystical things we’ve been given.”
So Jones and his friend, actress Pippa Evans, got together in January in London for a first “Sunday Assembly,” a service they say is not just for atheists, but for anyone who wants to “live better, help often and wonder more.”