Understanding Sunday Assembly rituals through a post-Christian lens

Bullock, Josh (2017) Understanding Sunday Assembly rituals through a post-Christian lens. In: SSSR/RRA 2017 Annual Meeting; 12 - 14 Oct 2017, Washington, DC, U.S.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

My research follows the Sunday Assembly (SA), a secular (Godless) congregation that celebrates life, with the motto: ‘Live Better, Help Often and Wonder More.’ The SA entered the non-religious market place in January 2013 with their flagship London congregation. Now, over 70- franchised chapters exist in eight countries, attempting to provide belonging and community to the religiously unaffiliated market. I draw upon a 15-month ethnographic study of the London SA and 35 semi-structured interviews to better understand lived non-religion. Findings are presented in two ways. Firstly, I offer the argument that the Sunday Assembly is a notable display of an element of post-Christian transitioning, and that a ‘new-new atheism’ has transpired. Secondly, with evidence of non-religion on the rise (UK, US), I reach beyond the sociology of religion and move beyond description to unfold the impact of post-Christian rituals borrowed by the SA to foster notions of belonging and community.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: SSSR/RRA 2017 Annual Meeting
Organising Body: Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Research Area: Sociology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Josh Bullock
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 13:44
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2020 10:04
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/45661

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